The 13-member Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to recognize another holiday on the same day as Columbus Day: Indigenous People’s Day. “This has been a long time coming and people are going to feel really good about how we’re moving forward and advancing a racial equity agenda that really elevates the voice and contributions of American Indian people,” said the resolution’s author, council member Alondra Cano, CBS reported. Read more.
Saying that Barack Obama’s election marked a “historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States,” California lawmakers last week passed a bill to encourage schools to teach students about the racial significance of his presidency, the Associated Press reports. The California Assembly, with unanimous bipartisan support, passed the measure Thursday. It now heads to the state Senate, the report says. Read more.
A mentally ill, homeless former Marine who died in an overheated jail cell more than two months ago was a giving and kind person, his relatives said Friday during a modest family funeral. “You’re going to be missed, Big Bro,” a tearful Cheryl Warner said at the poignant farewell for 56-year-oldJerome Murdough. Read more.
After much deliberation – because, well, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story aired last October – Perri “Pebbles” Reid has sued Viacom for $40 million. Reid claims the movie portrays her “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.” She insists she was the complete opposite: She never controlled TLC’s lawyers or accountants, never withheld their contract, and always paid them what they were owed. Read more.
The racist diatribe attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is clearly not the first time he has been hit with such charges. The billionaire apparently has a long and storied history of making racially insensitive remarks, geared not only toward athletes, but prospective tenants looking to rent apartments on his properties. Read more.
A Wayne County Circuit Judge recused Judge Qiana Lillard from Theodore Wafer’s trial Friday, citing the involvement of a prosecutor handling McBride’s case in Lillard’s election campaign. The prosecutor was listed as part of Lillard’s campaign committee and sold tickets to a fundraiser on her behalf, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. “The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office will not appeal the ruling,” spokewoman Maria Miller said in a statement. The case has been drawn to Judge Dana Hathaway and there will be a calendar conference Wednesday. Read more.