A fight that began outside a Tennessee convenience store resulted an elderly black man getting part of his finger bitten off by a white man who was wearing apparel decorated with the Confederate flag.
Local news station WKRN reports that 26-year-old Dylan McKinney was standing outside the Duke’s Market in Charlotte, Tennessee, when he was acosted by a 71-year-old black man for wearing a hoodie featuring the Confederate flag.
“He said ‘F you son of a B’ or something like that,” McKinney tells WKRN. “There was no other reason to say that to me other than what I had on.”
McKinney, who says he was intoxicated at the time, admitted to WKRN that “maybe” he started the physical confrontation with the elderly man, who at one point put his finger in McKinney’s mouth — and then McKinney clamped down hard and bit off a piece of it.
“We were fighting, I didn’t have time to put his finger in my mouth and eat it, I’m not a cannibal or anything like that,” he said to WKRN.
Police have since charged McKinney with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and aggravated assault. The local District Attorney is also considering whether to file hate crime charges.
Watch WKRN’s report on the incident below.
Baptists unanimously vote out lesbian couple over same-sex marriage: ‘It was more out of spite’
A lesbian couple from Mississippi says they were asked to leave their Baptist church over their relationship.
Mary Catherine Trollinger and her partner Olivia Jennings were notified by letter that they were no longer welcome at Gracewood Baptist Church in Southaven, where they met last year, reported WATN-TV.
Their pastor, Barry Baker, signed the letter, which stated he had warned them against pursuing an "unbiblical" and "degrading" same-sex relationship, and told the couple they had been unanimously -- and "sadly" -- voted out during a special business meeting at the church.
The misguided attacks on ‘This Land Is Your Land’
In recent years, Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” has become a rallying cry for immigrants. And in July, after President Donald Trump tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen of color needed to “go back where they came from,” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the four targeted, responded with a tweet quoting Guthrie’s lyrics.
What states that don’t protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination have in common
Are you fully protected from employment discrimination?
For employees who identify as LGBTQ, and work in one of at least 17 states nationwide that fail to protect workers, the answer at best is uncertain. At worst, it’s “no” under state statute.
One of my areas of research is employment discrimination. In an article to be published this fall, I examined the characteristics of states which have adopted legislation protecting LGBTQ employees from discrimination.