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White Woman Recorded Calling Black Women The N-Word At Restaurant: “I Would Say It Again”

A white woman in North Carolina is defending calling a black woman a “stupid n**ger,” after footage of the confrontation went viral. Nancy Goodman was recorded using the racial slur while confronting a group of black women at the Bonefish Grill Bar & Restaurant.

Chanda Stewart and Lakesha Shaw were dining with a friend when Goodman approached them. “[I'm] still trying to wrap my head around it all,” Stewart told North Carolina's WRAL. “It’s disheartening, it is. But this is the society that we’re living in right now.”

“I don’t care how you feel like we should have been acting, if I was standing on the table with three heads in a purple jumpsuit,” added Shaw. “Nothing justified you coming to my table and [calling] me a stupid n**ger.”

In the video, posted on Shaw’s Facebook Tuesday (July 23), Goodman is seen confronting Stewart and Shaw, and recording them on her cell phone while they record her. She goes on to state that she has “real good friends who are black” to which Stewart responds, “We never said anything about color.”

Goodman tells the women that they are being too loud.

“That's your opinion. Let me show you my money,” Shaw says to Goodman. “It’s just as green as yours.”

“Why are you so stupid n**ger?” Goodman replies before scurrying away.

When asked about the incident, Goodman refused to apologize. “I’m not going to say I’m sorry to them because they kept pushing at it,” she told WRAL. “I would say it again to them. They are the rudest individuals I have ever seen.”

Goodman alleges that the women forced her to use the racial, but wishes that she would have let a waiter step in. “I have many black friends, and I have never encountered three people that ugly in a bar,” she said. “I wish those women well, and maybe there’s a lesson learned for them too, that you don’t disrespect an elderly person.”

Before the story went live on WRAL, Goodman took to Facebook to apologize to her family and friends and patrons in the bar. She referred to the women as “rude, loud obnoxious black women.”

“The women taped me and apparently shared the video all over social media,” Goodman wrote on her Facebook Wednesday (July 24). “I suffer from extreme anxiety which is not an excuse. I am ashamed of my actions.”

Shaw and Stewart told WRAL that they won’t be returning to the Bonefish Grill, and that management should have stepped in after Goodman used the racial slur. A rep for the company released a statement maintaining that they “do not tolerate hate speech or disrespect in our restaurants.” The company claims to be reviewing the incident “to see how we can do better at de-escalating something like this in the future.”

Watch Goodman's interview below.

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California Woman Claims School Bully Left Son With Permanent Brain Damage

A Southern California mom says her son suffered permanent brain damage after a violent run-in with a bully, CBS Los Angeles reports.  The woman, identified only as “Sarah” to protect her and her son’s identity, is suing Animo Westside Charter Middle School in Playa Vista, California, over a 2018 altercation in which her son was attacked by a bully and placed in the school office for several minutes before paramedics were called.

Footage of the altercation was caught on the school’s surveillance cameras and appears to show her 12-year-old son getting off the bus before being approached by a larger student. The apparent bully punched her son and put him in a chokehold.

Ben Meiselas, a lawyer representing the family, claims the bully did a YouTube search for “the most painful pressure points on the neck” prior to altercation. A school staff member can also be seen walking by as the boy is being attacked. The boy is eventually brought inside the school.

Staff members realize that the boy is hurt and take him into the school’s main office to lay him on the floor. The boy suffered a seizure in the office, and lost consciousness twice, the lawsuit states. School officials are also accused of failing to call paramedics for several minutes.

“By the time I get there, I’m thinking paramedics [arrived] and he’s going to have help,” said the boy’s mother. “My son is literally laying there still in the middle of the office floor completely black and blue.”

Despite viewing video of the altercation, the school district has yet to apologize to the victim and his mother, Meiselas said. “The fact that they can watch that video and not so much offer an apology is really, really, really disgusting.”

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R.Kelly "Refused Transport" And Didn't Appear In Court

R.Kelly was a no show inside a Cook County courtroom in regards to the string of sexual abuse charges leveled against him.

The 52-year-old singer reportedly "refused transport" from the federal lockup in downtown Chicago to the Leighton Criminal Court Building Thursday morning. (Aug. 15)

Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg said the U.S. Marshall Service has expressed frustration about transporting the singer. However, Greenberg didn't go into details while in court. “Suffice it to say that the Marshals Service said moving Mr. Kelly is a large undertaking.”

Kelly was indicted by federal prosecutors for allegedly setting up sexual encounters with minors and then conspiring to cover it up. In February, Cook County officials were the first to charge him with sexual abuse of women, three of which were minors.

In July, New York prosecutors charged Kelly with one count of racketeering and four counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits sex trafficking across state lines. There are five alleged victims in the New York indictment including a reported three girls.

The singer-songwriter was arrested in Chicago on July 12 and has been held without bond at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. The singer has remained in solitary confinement, and according to his lawyer is miserable.

"He’s not a fighter. I’ve seen him cry when he talks about the situation,” Greenberg said.

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A Petition To Rename A Street By Trump Tower After Obama Received 100K Signatures

More than 100,000 people have given their digital signatures to a petition requesting a block of Manhattan Avenue be renamed after President Barack Obama. This is the same stretch of land that houses Trump Tower.

Elizabeth Rowin started the MoveOn.org petition as a joke and quickly realized there were others who supported the idea. While speaking with Newsweek, Rowin said she's heard from "several" city council members who showed interest in the idea.

If the change were to be made then the address of any building between 56th and 57th streets and Fifth Avenue would be changed including Trump Tower's address, which would be 725 President Barack H. Obama Ave.

The only catch to Rowin's request: to rename a street after a person in New York City, the person has to be dead.

"I am sure the conditions can be changed," Rowin said. "There are two streets in LA named after former President Obama. These laws are arbitrary and can be worked around," she said.

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