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Floyd Mayweather seems adamant, hopelessly lenient towards stirring up the pot, and pissing off the competition, but outside the octagon. Mayweather recently implied Conor McGregor's popularity was more a result of his skin color than anything else:

"And what's so crazy, I don't really know the McGregor guy; never seen him fight. … They say he talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I'm cocky and arrogant. So biased! Like I said before, all I'm saying is this, I ain't racist at all, but I'm telling you racism still exists."

Not chill Mayweather, not chill at all.

McGregor shut this little spell down by releasing a statement that was all at once, articulate, methodical, and appropriate. Here's an excerpt off McGregor's lengthy, well-rounded Instagram response:

Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again. I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.

In my family's long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name 'McGregor' was punishable by death. Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again. If you want we can organise a fight no problem. I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue.

At 27 years of age I now hold the key to this game. The game answers to me now.

Suffice to say, we'd pay a whole lotta' dough to see these two exchange blows sometime soon.

Who do you think would take home the W?

Via: Guardstark
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Melissa Harris Perry has a lot of feelings about Star Wars, primarily that it's racist, because Darth Vader was voiced by a black guy but played by a white guy.

The part where he was totally a black guy whose name was basically James Earl Jones...but while he was black he was terrible and bad and awful and used to cut off white men's hands, and didn't, you know, actually claim his son, but as soon as he claims his son and goes over to the good he takes off his mask and he's white.


Maybe she doesn't acknowledge the prequels as being real, and who can blame her for that, but Anakin/Vader is a white guy in those and he kills so many younglings. He also first "claims his son" while he's still "a black guy" (a whole movie before he takes off his mask) and, well, if you've ever heard Darth Vader's on-set voice, you'd understand why they dubbed over it with James Earl Jones:




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A Brasilian campaign called "Virtual Racism, Real Consequences" has placed Billboards in the home towns of racist internet denizens featuring their hurtful posts alongside a blurred out image and username of the offender. The project used Facebook's geo-tagging function to locate the commenters.  

The organizers of the project don't want to identify anyone or give trolls more attention which is why the identifying information is blurred out. They hope that people who made these comments will come across their own words in a very public venue and realize the impact of their comments has more reach than the semi-anonymty of the internet. 

They have also created a video to better explain their efforts :

Outrage of The Day: Is This Political Cartoon Calling Out The Kentucky Governor-Elect Racist?
Via: WKYT
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Kentucky's Gov.-elect Matt Bevin doesn't want Syrian refugees coming to his state. He is also a parent of multiple adopted children from Africa.

That's the hypocrisy cartoonist Joel Pett, who is now in serious hot water, tried to convey in a political cartoon published in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

But some are calling his cartoon, which shows Bevin cowering under his desk from pictures of his adopted children, racist.

Bevins called out the cartoonist on Twitter and said his children should be off-limits in political discussions.

Pett defended his cartoon in an editorial, saying it had nothing to do with the children and everything to do with Bevin's fear of Syrian refugees.

Did I attack his children? Of course not. Was the cartoon racist or critical of adopting children, as some are suggesting? The fact that he adopted children from Africa, a continent whose promise and challenges I routinely draw about, is the thing I admire the most about Bevin.

I did use the fact that he has children from another country in a piece designed to express outrage over a legitimate hot-button political issue. (Bevin used them in photo-ops and on TV commercials over the past two campaigns, but that's another story.) I did this with my name signed to it, in a newspaper with a long history of tolerating and publishing opinions of all persuasions and on a page labeled "opinion."

So, Internet. Racist or nah?

Controversy of The Day: Walmart Clothing Display Resembles Hanged People
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Do you see anything wrong with this Walmart display?

A lot of people do. And they're calling it insensitive as best and racist at worst.

Some customers at a Walmart in North Las Vegas were outraged at a clothing display they say looks like people being hanged from the ceiling.

It may seems like a stretch to make the comparison—but is it really?

A local reporter went on the street to ask what people saw when they looked at the display.

"...A little like the Ku Klux Klan, black people hanging from the ceiling," said one woman.

Other said it looked like people being hanged, but some saw nothing.

Walmart has yet to respond to the situation, but the display has been taken down. Intent aside, it is clear that the display struck a chord with many who saw it.

Hacktivism of The Day: Anonymous Releases Full List of Alleged KKK Members to The World
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Anonymous is back at it again.

On Guy Fawkes Day, a favorite day for this type of thing, the hacktivist collective Anonymous released the promised full list of alleged Ku Klux Klan members' personal information.

The group released a similar, but much smaller list, earlier this week that named prominent members of congress and mayors as KKK members.

But those claims have largely been debunked.

"We consider this data dump as a form of resistance against the violence and intimidation tactics leveraged against the public by various members of Ku Klux Klan groups throughout history," Anonymous said.

The data dump has also given the public a glimpse at the strange slang KKK members use between each other.

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Here we go again...

YouTuber and cut-rate Jenna Marbles, Nicole Arbour, just posted a new video titled "Dear Black People." This will go well.

Arbour is mostly know for her last very offensive video, "Dear Fat People," which launched passionate responses from people all across the Internet who were outraged over her comments about overweight people.

In her latest video, Arbour continues to bring her juvenile humor and shock-for-the-sake-of-shock antics.

"What the KKK do and have done in the history of the world is completely f*cked up not OK. However, they are proof that the white people invented the hoodie."
She does actually hit on some important topics, like the school-to-prison pipeline and unfair incarceration based on minor drug offenses.

But that message gets lost. Because she is Nicole Arbour.

And she is insufferable.

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