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South Carolina Sheriff Candidate Admits To Donning Blackface To Depict Kingpin Big Meech

Craig Stivender says he was unaware of the term ten years ago. 

A Republican candidate for sheriff in South Carolina attempted to get ahead of a racist scandal by admitting to using blackface over ten years ago.

NPR reports Craig Stivender of Colleton County recently released his campaign video featuring bits of the typical. While sharing his love for Christian values and gun ownership, the fireman used the other half of the video to point out sour moments from his past. They included failed marriages, traffic tickets and the moment he wore blackface to depict Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, the infamous leader of the criminal organization Black Mafia Family (BMF).

Showing a picture of him next to a black woman (why?) Stivender explained how he wore the concert at a Halloween party in 2008.

“I did it to disparage a criminal whose actions hurt our community and country,” he said. “That was a different time. Today we understand that type of costume is troubling to many. To those who may be upset, I understand your disappointment. But I value honesty, so I’m opening my campaign with transparency.”

Stivender's supporters provided him with forgiveness which makes little to no sense. Despite what Stivender and clueless celebrities think, blackface has been highlighted throughout American history. From shows like the early episodes of Amos n' Andy (1951) to other clear folks impersonating black figures like former President Barack Obama, all signs point to racism.

"Basically if I'm going to run on honesty and integrity, I'm willing to put out things bad about me," he said to NPR while claiming the aughts were a "different time."

"If I dressed up in blackface today, it would definitely be an issue because we know today that people are very easily offended over things that were maybe not so much 10 years ago."

Watch the video below.

Read our list, 11 Costumes That Prove You Don't Need Blackface On Halloween here.

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Boxer Patrick Day Dies From Traumatic Brain Injury After Knockout

On Wednesday (Oct. 16), junior middleweight boxer Patrick Day died from traumatic brain injuries set on by a recent knockout, ESPN reports. During Saturday's bout against Charles Conwell (Oct. 12), Day suffered a trio of destructive blows to the head in the tenth round after enduring previous hits in the fourth and eighth rounds. He fell into a coma while being treated at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Born in Freeport, New York, the 27-year-old not only had pursuits inside of the ring but also on the outside. Day obtained a bachelor's degree in health and wellness from Kaplan University, adding to his associate degree from Nassau Community College for nutrition. In 2006, he embarked on his professional boxing career, taking home the New York Golden Gloves six years later.

"On behalf of Patrick's family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury," promoter Lou DiBella said in a statement to ESPN. "He was a son, brother, and good friend to many. Pat's kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met."

Conwell took to his social media accounts to share his condolences and expressed remorse for how the match ended. "If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them," he wrote. "I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you." The undefeated boxer noted he entertained thoughts of quitting boxing but believes Day would want him to continue on in the sport.


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This is my last time speaking on the situation because of this being a sensitive topic not only for his family and friends but for myself and the sport of boxing. Dear Patrick Day, I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them. I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can’t stop thinking about it myself I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel. I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that’s not what you would want I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to but to fight and win a world title because that’s what you wanted and thats what I want so I’ll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time. #ChampPatrickDay With Compassion, Charles Conwell

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The boxing community swiftly expressed their thoughts and prayers for Day's family.

RIP young King Patrick Day All Day! 🙏❤️

— Amanda Serrano 🇵🇷 (@Serranosisters) October 17, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and the team of Patrick Day. Rest In Peace Pat.

— Gennadiy Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) October 17, 2019

Another tragic day in our beloved sport. RIP Patrick Day pic.twitter.com/M23grCjHD3

— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) October 17, 2019

A truly heartbreaking situation...

RIP #PatrickDay & thoughts go out to all his loved ones 🙏 - rest easy champ 💔 pic.twitter.com/QmvEWrhBeF

— iFL TV™ (@IFLTV) October 17, 2019

R.I.P. to Patrick Day. 27 years old, he had his whole life ahead of him. Rest easy Champ 🖤✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/KW4eEdLeor

— Ashley Theophane (@AshleyTheophane) October 16, 2019

Another sad day for the boxing world. Our sincere condolences to the family of Patrick Day 🙏 pic.twitter.com/AlaaTKhuPe

— MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) October 16, 2019

Devastated to hear the news of the passing of Patrick Day.I met him for the first time last Thursday,what a charming young man with a dream and a smile that lit up the room.Our deepest prayers are with his family, his trainer Joe Higgins,Charles Conwell and promoter Lou DiBella🙏

— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 16, 2019

Keep lifting up my brother #PatrickDay we need non stop prayers! For him, his family, and the boxing community. This kid is such a blessing and doesn’t deserve this. I haven’t prayed, cried, or tweeted in so long #LetsGoChamp pic.twitter.com/q4Pmmx2b2H

— Magic Marcus Willis (@MagicMarcusW) October 16, 2019

Rest In Peace.

Patrick Day was always kind, happy and an exceptional good man who was outstandingly passionate about boxing. We will always remember you for all of that. pic.twitter.com/v506g26nmX

— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) October 16, 2019

Damn man, Rest easy Patrick Day. Prayers to your friends and family

— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) October 16, 2019

The last North American boxer to die from brain injuries following a match was Kevin Payne in March 2006 after a surgery to treat the impact. According to the NCBI, 20 percent of pro boxers suffer Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury (CTBI). The condition is similar to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which has been a recurring topic in sports like football and hockey.

"While we already know that boxing and other combat sports are linked to brain damage, little is known about how this process develops and who may be on the path to developing CTE," said Dr. Charles Bernick, a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic said in an American Academy of Neurology, per CBS News.

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Cory Booker, Al Sharpton And More Remember Rep. Elijah Cummings

Politicians in the Democratic and civil rights space have shared tributes on social media following the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Cummings died at the age of 68 on Thursday (Oct. 17) from "complications from longstanding health issues," his office told the Associated Press. Bipartisan through and through, Cummings served Maryland's 7th Congressional District from 1996 until his death.

He was remembered on social media by presidential candidates like Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Beto O' Rourke as well as Al Sharpton, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, New York Attorney General Letitia James and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Some shared personal stories about Cummings while others spread some of his most inspirational quotes.

See some of the tributes below.

Rest in Power, Elijah Cummings. pic.twitter.com/j9N9oIvH9O

— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) October 17, 2019

A devastating loss for our country.

Chairman Cummings was a giant: a universally respected leader who brought profound insight, commitment, and moral fortitude to Congress.

His guidance and vision was an enormous gift. I will forever cherish his example. May he rest in power. https://t.co/D0RsKsM5fh

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 17, 2019

Just logged on and saw that Elijah Cummings, has gone home to our ancestors.

This is a tremendous loss for his family and our country. We are eternally grateful for your service, Congressman. #RIPElijahCummings pic.twitter.com/cLqopK4Bfl

— Alecto AKA Sil Lai Abrams (@Sil_Lai) October 17, 2019

Our country has lost a giant.

Congressman Elijah Cummings was a true leader in our fight for a more fair and just society. A civil rights activist, a dedicated public servant, and a powerful force for good - he left his mark on our communities.

Rest in power, my friend.

— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) October 17, 2019

Our Chairman leaves behind a beautiful and powerful legacy. I am already feeling the impact of a little less grace in the world. Deep gratitude to have spent these early months in Congress guided by his wisdom. Rest in power @RepCummings pic.twitter.com/n4ekGvhAVx

— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) October 17, 2019

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Rep. Elijah Cummings' passing: "My heart is broken. For his family, for his community, for our country." pic.twitter.com/TFMcX3rUfg

— The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2019

One of the great members of Congress in my lifetime passed away this morning — Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland. He was a fighter for those who weren’t allowed a seat at the table. A strong, powerful voice for… https://t.co/ro40mf2p2A

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 17, 2019

What a heavy, heavy heart I have waking to this incredibly sad news.

Today we lost a brave man who has continually stood up for those he served.

The American people will miss his honesty and integrity—and his fight for justice. #RestInPower, my friend https://t.co/3jhwBSQVjX

— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) October 17, 2019

My statement on the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings: pic.twitter.com/uSAmKQkH7W

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) October 17, 2019

We lost one of our best. A son of sharecroppers, who went on to represent one of our greatest cities; a fighter for justice, who always led with love—Rep. Elijah Cummings was everything right about America. He is already missed, but his legacy will be with us forever.

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 17, 2019

Today our country lost a true leader. Congressman Elijah Cummings was a friend, a passionate fighter for justice, and a powerful voice of moral conscience in our government who served his country for decades with dignity and integrity. I’m blessed to have known him. #RIPElijah

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 17, 2019

Saddened to hear of the passing of a great statesman that I truly admired, US Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. May he rest in power. pic.twitter.com/FhmuPO7WWw

— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) October 17, 2019

My deepest condolences for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ family, friends, and community as they mourn his passing.

He was an honorable man with a deep commitment to our nation and an inspiration too many of us as he fought for what’s right.

May he Rest In Power.https://t.co/4jB76PjDTP

— Rep. Sylvia Garcia (@RepSylviaGarcia) October 17, 2019

@RepCummings will be so deeply missed. His example of courage, leadership and truth telling inspires us all. Rest in power. https://t.co/5Qj6CzZ0I2

— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) October 17, 2019

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House Oversight ant Reform Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks at the National Press Club August 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Cummings addressed members of the organization during a luncheon and touched on a number of issues including ongoing investigations of U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Longtime Congressman Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies At 68

Champion of civil rights and longtime Congressman Elijah Cummings died early Thursday (Oct. 17), his office confirmed.

In a statement to the Associated Press,  his widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of Maryland’s Democratic Party, said “Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility. He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem.”

Cummings was born and raised in 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland to the parents of sharecroppers. One of six, Cummings also grew up in the days of segregation and was among the first children to integrate Riverside Park's swimming pool in 1962. In a feature with Baltimore Magazine, Cummings shared how he would often run home to listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches on WWIN-AM radio and experiencing racism from police during the 1968 riots.

“I don’t live in the inner city. I live in the inner-inner city and there are not a lot of congressmen who grew up in the inner city, let alone still live there,” he said in 2014.  “It is an important voice to bring to Congress that needs to heard.”

With this in his heart, Cummings used his life experiences (and struggles in grade school) to fuel his dreams of becoming a lawyer. He attended Howard University and majored in Political Science and would later receive his law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law.

While practicing law for over 15 years, he also became a strong voice and supporter of civil rights and the Voting Rights Act. He would go on to serve Maryland’s House of Delegates and win his congressional seat, replacing Rep. Kweisi Mfume. He served Maryland’s 7th Congressional District from 1996 until his death.

“My mother, on her dying bed, the last thing she said to me was, ‘Do not let them take away our right to vote.’ And then she died," he told Baltimore Magazine about his will to fight for voting rights. "Why? Because she had seen the pain that people had gone through to get the vote, what it meant to see for her."

Cummings was also a chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee that led multiple investigations of President Donald Trump's actions in the White House.

Cummings’ office said the congressman died at 2:45 a.m. ET at his native Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was expected to return home after an unspecified medical procedure, AP reports. Cummings faced heart and knee issues in his later years.

Cummings was a strong and notable figure in the Democratic party, especially when it came to the rights of people of color. As a longtime member of Congress, Cummings provided strength and dignity to his position, even when he was met with criticism and racism.

“Even if it seems small, there’s usually something that you can do,” Cummings said in 2014. “And this refers to helping people in my neighborhood, to my constituents, and it should apply to Congress, too. Governing is not always rocket science. If you can do something to help someone—that you can agree on—do it. And I tell you where this comes from—this goes back to my father, too.”

Cummings is survived by widow Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and his three children.

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