Sunday, December 11, 2011

Buffalo high school basketball team uses racist chant

Basketball players of Buffalo high school team have been suspended because of an odd racial slur ritual the team uses before games. Apparently the team would huddle around before the game and yell "One, two, three [N-word]!" As the Buffalo News article reports, there is only one African-American player on the team, named Tyra Batts, and she didn't like this and tried to get them to not use it but the other players would not. Out of frustration Tyra made a bad decision and got into a fight with one of the girls. Make sure to read the whole article, link below.

"I said, 'You're not allowed to say that word because I don't like that word,'" she recalled. "They said, 'You know we're not racist, Tyra. It's just a word, not a label.' I was outnumbered."

Mark P. Mondanaro, superintendent of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, said no coaches, administrators or other adults with the school were aware of the "psych-up tradition" until Tyra was suspended for getting into a fight with another player over the use of racial slurs during practice and before games. "The minute an adult knew, we started our inquiry and investigation," Mondanaro said Thursday.

The girls apparently used their brief, private locker room time to say the chant after coaches and other adults had left.

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Tyra, 15, said that before the Sweet Home game, she argued with other players about the chant, but virtually no one took her side. "They said it's a tradition; they do it every year," she said.

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Tyra added that her teammates would routinely make racial references and jokes during practice, including ones regarding slavery, shackles and "picking cotton." She said her coach, Kristy Bondgren, heard comments from other players about Tyra being black but was unaware of the pregame chant.

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"This wasn't something that just developed this year," said Raymond Batts Jr., Tyra's father. "This is something that's been ongoing for quite some time."
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Applebee’s worker files discrimination complaint

An African American waitress for Applebees in Towson, Maryland is claiming that she was only ordered to serve African American customers and she has filed a discrimination complaint. Read the whole story on thetowerlight.com (link below).

After making several complaints to no avail that a manager at the Towson Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grille was harassing her and that she was only assigned to tables of black customers, Haywood has filed a complaint of racial discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"It felt unfair and it shouldn’t happen to you," Haywood said.

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Haywood said she made several complaints regarding violations of this code of conduct. On Sept. 27 and Oct. 27, Haywood said she asked for mediation with the management staff. Her first call was returned to ask for more details about the complaint, but no further action was taken, according to Haywood.

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Instead of being trusted with the responsibilities former managers assigned to her, Haywood said her new general manager would follow her throughout the workday, asking her to complete tasks she couldn't manage in a short period of time while still serving tables in her section. The manager never referred to her by her name, but instead called her "Lady."

Haywood's growing file of warnings proved detrimental to her process of complaining on Oct. 28, after a second call to the Applebee's hotline was made and Hughes spoke to her about the various complaints.

"He said, 'You don't have such an impeccable record with us,'" Haywood said. "He had already made up his mind."
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tiger Woods ex-caddie Steve Williams racist comment

Tiger Woods ex-caddie Steve Williams recently had a racist remark regarding Tiger Woods.

What happened earlier this week in China was flat out gunfire, and it came at the hands of Williams. Asked to come on stage at a caddie dinner during the pre-tournament festivities at the HSBC Champions and tell the crowd what he was thinking during that now-infamous interview, Williams let out a crowd-silencing remark that can't be viewed any other way but racist.

Via The Telegraph...
"My aim was to shove it right up that black ---hole," Williams said.

The remarks are obviously inappropriate on a ton of levels, but the timing is one of the more shocking things. Why would he still be hung up on this thing months later, after it seems he's found a great player to work with? And why would he do this during a week that Scott is playing great golf, and has a chance to win this tournament?

Williams has since apologized for the remarks, saying on his website, "I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended," but the damage has been done.

One of the keys to being a caddie is to never become the story, and Williams has been as much the story in golf the past three months as any player. He might still be upset about the abrupt firing, and frankly, most people are in this world when they get let go, but there is a way to exit with dignity and then there is this.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Racism at Michigan State University

Recently Michigan State University’s Conrad Hall auditorium had a meeting with students to talk and share stories with recent racist incidents that occurred. Make sure to read the whole article, link below.

Projected onto screen at the front were the words: “Stop Racism: Emergency Town Hall Meeting.”

On a campus with about 3,000 black students, perhaps 500 of them were in that one room and there were students of other races, as well.

Brea Palmer came because she saw the pictures: the black doll found hanging in a string of green beads in the Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building last month, the door of a black student’s room in Akers Hall where someone last week had written a racial epithet.

Another incident followed, racial epithets written on the walls of Armstrong Hall.

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The meeting, organized by MSU’s Black Student Alliance, was meant as a chance for students to tell their stories, to share their experiences of racism, to make an issue, collectively, out of everyday indignities.
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Friday, September 30, 2011

9 year old facing racism in school

This is just sad to read about. A 9-year old girl, yes only 9 years old, has been the target of racist acts at Roosevelt Elementary in Taft, California. Some shocking quotes are below, but make sure to read the entire article on TurnTo23.com.

TAFT, Calif. -- A Taft woman said her daughter has been the target of racism at school. The woman pulled her daughter out of school after what she said were repeated incidents.

Waymona Arterberry moved to Taft over the summer to be closer to work. But shortly after her daughter started Roosevelt Elementary, she said the girl became the victim of racial slurs.

Rejoice Arterberry, 9, the bullying began just after school started.

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Both of the guys pulled my hair, and then the other girl pushed me to the wall, and I bumped my head, and I started crying," Rejoice Arterberry said.

Then she said the name calling started.

"They was calling me 'black girl'. ‘I hate you, black girl; ain’t nobody going to play with you because you are black,’" Rejoice said.

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“They hit her. They pushed her down. They called her n****r every day, asked her why her skin is black,” Arterberry said.

Arterberry said her daughter has even come to her asking why her skin is so dark.

"It is shocking. I always heard rumors about the area, but I didn't believe it was true, but the children are telling the story that it is true," Arterberry said.
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Radio station kicks out Tyrese

Is this racism or some type of misunderstanding? Music artist Tyrese was kicked out of a radio station building after trying to talk about a real issue, removing liquor stores that are near schools. Make sure to read the whole article on NewsOne.com.

WJKS Kiss 101.7 in Delaware has some explaining to do. The station allegedly decided to remove actor Tyrese from their building after he spoke on the air about the liquor stores in urban neighborhoods. Tyrese had appeared on the station to promote his new album, and then spoke about how liquor stores should not be near schools.

“Get them cats out of here,” he said to the DJ. “Selling alcohol right across from your kids school, homie - put the pressure on them homie... you know how to put pressure on dudes selling in your hood.”

That’s the point when the station manager allegedly came to tell Tyrese to leave the building.

His argument?

Tyrese was “disrespecting” the Delaware community.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Wisconsin State Fair incident

I haven't heard anything about this story since it was first reported, but in August there was an incident where apparently 500 African American kids attacked random white people at the Wisconsin State Fair. I've only seen the same video on YouTube with the same guy telling his story and haven't heard anything else. Anybody have any information on this incident? Post a comment if you do, thanks.

I'm surprised nobody had a video camera or cell phone to record any of this, since there were 500 attackers someone should have caught something on camera in today's digital age right?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Congressman Doug Lamborn calls Obama a racial slur

I don't know what it is, oh wait yes I do, but it's like almost everyday now someone in congress is speaking in public calling the President of the US a racial slur.

Colorado Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn recently told a Denver radio show host, "I don't even want to have to be associated with [Obama]. It's like touching a 'tar baby.'"

Shouldn't this guy be fired from his job in congress? He has shown he is prejudice. So what if he apologized for that comment, it doesn't change the fact that he said it and that's how he is. He doesn't need to be in congress, there's already enough of that, we need to get rid of those kinds of people in congress.

Rapper 50 Cent had something to say on Twitter about Lamborn after he apologized for his dumb racist comment. I'm in total agreement with 50 Cent.
"Republican congressman Doug Lamborn should be re leaved of his duties after calling president Obama a tar baby," he wrote.

"Tar baby is a synonym for n*gger, except it is only used in bigoted manners, were as n*gga can be a sign of respect."

"The term comes from a children's story in witch they explain that slaves were "dark and dumb" due to the fact they were" baptized in TAR" #SK."

"I can't find a more disrespectful or ignorant way to describe the race or depiction of our president," he added.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Man finds racism where he lives

A man moved to Houston and at his new home he is facing racism where the security guards will not let in any non-whites.

HOUSTON - David Williams thought moving to Houston from Boston would be a good idea.

"For the most part, when we first moved in, everything was low key," Williams said. “Sometimes you see wandering eyes around the neighborhood."

That neighborhood happens to be the Royal Oaks subdivision , one of Houston’s most exclusive communities. Homes there are valued from $400,000 to $3 million.

Williams leased a home on Stuart Manor. As time went by, things got progressively worse.
"They must be selling drugs so now, it's we're selling drugs in the neighborhood," he said.
But he said that was easy compared to his next experience: 2 weeks ago, all of his guests were denied entry into the subdivision, stopped at the front gate.

All of those guests were African American.

He went to go pick up his cousin who was walking on foot through the gate at the front of the door. That's when he said a security guard told him the following, "Look, I'm not allowed to let you guys in. We personally don't have a problem with you, but we'll lose our jobs."

When he asked that guard to explain, he saw 2 pieces of paper stating, "David Williams (address hidden) is not allowed to have any company."

The security guard told him that order came down from the community manager. When asked if anyone could come in, Quanell X said the security guard told him, "Off the record, someone white can come in but we were instructed that no black males can go to that address."

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It was Memorial Day weekend when Williams' uncle heard some people at the garage door, he said. The group was in a golf car, allegedly yelling and kicking the door.

"Calling him the N-word, calling him a bunch of names, other racial terms," he said. "They said, 'Come out, come out. We have something for you. You're not going to move into our neighborhood.'"
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

2 white teens run down black man

Racist hate acts are still happening today...
Two young white men assaulted and then killed a black man by driving into him with a pick-up truck in Mississippi's largest city, a prosecutor said yesterday.

It's alleged that the pair, both 18, were looking for a black man to assault in Jackson, with one of them later bragging on the phone to a friend about killing 49-year-old father James Craig Anderson.

Mr Anderson, who is of African-American descent, was run over by a Ford pickup outside a Jackson hotel near dawn on June 26 and died later in hospital, District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said during a bond hearing for Deryl Dedmon, who is accused of driving the truck.

'Dedmon murdered this victim because he was a black man,' Smith said. 'We do have information that they were rejoicing after killing the victim.'

Smith said Dedmon called a friend after the alleged crime and said: 'I just ran that n****r over.'

He added: 'It was an intentional act and it was a hate crime.'
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Racial stereotypes in ads

There are at least two new ad campaigns that are drawing attention for there not-so-hidden stereotypes.

First, there is the Pepsi commercial with the polar bears. Just watch and listen to it.


Second, are the ads by Summer's Eve. Alexis Garrett Stodghill over at The Atlanta Post has a great post about the stereotypical ads, make sure to read it (link below).
The campaign is comprised of three different ads, each depicting a woman's vagina - talking as a vertical "mouthing" hand. That sounds bad enough, but what makes the "Hail to the V" campaign disgusting is how the race and culture of each lady part of color is made aggressively clear. While the white hand gets to talk in an educated voice about wholesome things like going to the gym, the black hand talks about weaves and hitting the club - and the Latina hand? She derides her owner’s tacky leopard thong in a string of Spanish-laced saucy talk. Really Summer's Eve?
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Hangover Part II movie uses the N word despite not having African-American actors

Over at HuffingtonPost.com, Morris W. O'Kelly wrote an article about the new movie The Hangover Part II and how the use of the "N" word was used despite it not having any featured African-American actors in it. Make sure to take a look and read the whole article. Below are some parts from the article. I have not seen the movie yet but if you have seen the movie let us know what you thought about it and the parts that Morris W. O'Kelly mentions in the article.

I could go to painstaking lengths, detailing how deeply offensive and unfunny the repeated and gratuitous use of n**** in the movie The Hangover Part II was, but the damage in large part has already been done. This bell can't be un-rung.

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I could create a historical time line ranging from Birth of a Nation in 1915 to The Hangover Part II in 2011 and illustrate how n***a is nothing more than the cinematic cousin of n***er and equally offensive when employed as a tool to generate laughs.

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The use of the N-word (n***er or n***a) is not funny, appreciated or acceptable in any context, by anyone who utters it.

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The Hangover Part II did feature all types of references to African-American "culture" and managed to weave "n****" multiple times into a script written by zero African-Americans and movie featuring none.

How screenwriters Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong and writer/director Todd Phillips felt comfortable enough to give a co-starring role to n**** but also manage zero African-American actors (save Mike Tyson cameo) is odd and curious at best. Opting for ethnic jokes about people not on screen, instead of ones relative to the people on them... odd and curious.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Racist Cadbury ad in Europe

Cadbury, owned by Kraft, has a new ad campaign in Europe that is comparing a chocolate bar to Naomi Campbell and she is taking action against it.

The supermodel – hardly known for taking things in her stride – is incensed that Cadbury used her name in the strap line to promote its new chocolate bar called Bliss, accusing the company of racism. The ad says: "Move over Naomi – there is a new diva in town."

Yesterday Campbell revealed she is considering "every option available" after Cadbury, owned by the US giant Kraft, refused to pull the ad campaign, which ran in newspapers last week: "I am shocked. It's upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. I do not find any humour in this. It is insulting and hurtful."

The model's mother, Valerie Morris, backed her daughter, saying: "I'm deeply upset by this racist advert. Do these people think they can insult black people and we just take it? This is the 21st century, not the 1950s. Shame on Cadbury."

Disgust at the ad prompted members of the public to complain to the campaign group Operation Black Vote (OBV), which has called for Cadbury to apologise. OBV's Simon Woolley said that without an apology, the "only recourse black people have is not to buy its chocolate". He has written to the American civil rights activists Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to ask them to mobilise the country's Afro-American population. "I want them to know what their parent company is doing in Europe. I've asked them to support us."
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Racists attack Facebook page

Padrica Norfleet, one of the owners of NaturalistaCosmetics.com, has a Facebook page for the business and it's been getting filled with hateful racist messages, pictures and videos. There were very inappropriate comments posted such as [black women are] "nappy headed," "greasy" and "disgusting," and "You [black women] deserve to be raped by white men." Source

You can watch a MyFoxDC video about this situation.


This is just sickening. It's 2011 everyone. Wake up.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Goldie Taylor's Show me your papers article

Recently Goldie Taylor, MSNBC/theGrio.com contributor and producer, wrote a great article named "Show me your papers!" about the Obama birth certificate issue where he has been the only US President to have to show it. You can read this really good article via the link above and watch the video of it below.


Below is the video of Donald Trump's Press Conference in New Hampshire where he reacted to the White House's release of President Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate. Doesn't this video just say Trump is racist? What do you think?

Here are some specific points in the video where Trump talks about Obama:
at 10:00, Trump questions how smart Obama is
at 15:52, Trump's "basketball court" comment


You can follow Goldie Taylor on Twitter and at her blog.

Obama may have got some revenge on April 30th at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, DC where Donald Trump was in attendance. I enjoyed watching that.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How would you stop racism?

So how would you stop racism? That is the question that FIFA.com is asking on their web site.

FIFA has been committed to fighting against all kinds of discrimination for years by means a variety of social campaigns that use football to spread a very clear message: 'Say no to racism'.

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Why not join in with this debate by suggesting any initiatives you feel can help eradicate this blight on society. And we’re not only interested in hearing about grand gestures; go ahead and tell us about those little things that, done day in day out, you feel can make a difference towards solving the problem.
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Go on over to FIFA.com and give your opinion on what we all can do to stop racism.

Buffalo 4Play nightclub kicks out group

Something similar happened in Boston back in November of last year, and now over the weekend, a club named 4Play on Chippewa Street in Buffalo, New York was said to have "kicked out 40 to 50 members of a private party because the party contained too many African-Americans and not enough whites, according to two Buffalo party planners and a patron who witnessed the incident."

The management of 4Play nightclub, 45 W. Chippewa St., told party promoter Devon Jones that more white people needed to come to the club by 11 p. m. or the mostly black crowd would be kicked out, Jones said.

At 11 p. m., lights were turned on, music stopped playing, and a crowd of about 40 or 50 was escorted out of the nightclub by the bar's security staff, Jones said. Two eyewitnesses gave The Buffalo News accounts that matched the one Jones provided.

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Jones said the bar's owner approached him at about 10:15 p. m., claiming there was a previous agreement that 50 percent of the bar’s patrons would be white, and the other 50 percent black. Jones said he had made no such arrangement.

Promoter Chris Crook said he heard the same exchange between a white member of the bar's management and a third promoter.

"I know it sounds [messed] up, but pretty much we have to shut it down," Crook heard the bar staffer tell the promoter.

Patron Giovanni Centurione said that after walking outside the bar, he heard an employee say to the promoters that there were "way too many black people in here."

"Chris and I started looking at each other like, 'Did he really just say that?'" Centurione said.

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"My experience on Chippewa is that it's pretty prejudiced," Crook said. "They nitpick on everything a black male has on unless he's with five or six white females or males. If it's a majority white crowd and there's one black person, it's very iffy that they'll get in. Clothing is a way of separating, of nitpicking, so that they don't let black people get into the club."
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Wow it just amazes me that there is so much ignorance and stupidity still in the world.

News video added

Monday, February 28, 2011

Boston club apologizes and fined for incident

In November I posted about an incident about a club in Boston, Cure Lounge, was hosting a party for Harvard and Yale alums but they closed the club because there was a line of African Americans waiting to get in and someone from the club's management said to have seen "local gang bangers" outside.

On Friday, Cure Lounge "issued a public apology and agreed to pay a $30,000 fine."

The club will also have its employees undergo annual anti-discrimination training as part of a judgment by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Friday. The consent judgment ends lawsuits against the club's owner, Paige Hospitality Inc., alleging the club's actions violated public accommodations and consumer protection laws. Those lawsuits followed claims by the event's organizers, three Harvard graduate students, that the club's management cited concerns about "local gangbangers" and the "wrong crowd" in closing the party.

"Massachusetts businesses cannot refuse to host events because of racial reasons," Coakley said. "In this case, club staff made harmful and ill-conceived conclusions based on the simple fact that most of the guests were black."

The alleged behavior of Cure Lounge staff, Coakley said, is the "essence of racial stereotyping" and a reminder that there is still progress to be made in tackling this issue.
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ESPN writer Howard Bryant arrested for assault

On Saturday, well known ESPN writer Howard Bryant arrested on charges of assaulting his wife and was later released. I quoted some parts from an article (source linked to below), make sure to read and check out the article. I guess we don't really know if this is really a husband assaulting his wife or just a couple have an argument that someone called the police about and the police overreact.

"This case is about the fact that racism still exists in America, and Howard Bryant is a victim of it," said attorney Buz Eisenberg.

Bryant, 42, a senior writer for ESPN, pleaded innocent Monday in Greenfield District Court to charges of domestic assault and battery, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer.

In an interview with The Republican, Bryant, who is black, and his wife Veronique Bryant, who is white, both insisted that police used unnecessary force while arresting Bryant after what they described as a verbal argument in front of Buckland Pizza in Shelburne Falls. The couple, who live in Ashfield, said some customers in the pizza parlor saw the argument and called police.

"It wasn't an assault or a battery," said Veronique Bryant. "I was not scared. He was not touching me. We had a discussion. The police reacted in a totally inappropriate way."

Veronique Bryant added that she did not press charges against her husband.

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According to Bryant, he and his wife were in their car with their six-year-old son when state and local police arrived. The told him to get out of the car and ordered him to take his hands out of his pockets, even though they were not in his pockets, he said.

"I raised my hands over my head so they wouldn’t shoot me," Bryant said. “They smashed my head on the car and pulled my sweatshirt hood up over my head."

When Bryant insisted that he was not resisting arrest, an officer asked him if he wanted to be "Tasered," he said. The couple said they were especially distraught because the incident took place in front of their son.

"One conversation would have stopped it all," Bryant said.

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According to police, witnesses reported that Bryant choked his wife and pushed her into a car. They said Bryant struck a trooper in the chest with his elbow during the three minutes it took to subdue him.

Judge Maureen Walsh released Bryant on his own recognizance on the condition that he not abuse his wife, who was with him in court. She scheduled a pretrial conference for April 21.
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Racism and prejudice in Minneapolis

I thought this was interesting to share. I only quoted a few below, check the source for the full article.

A group of writers from Ebenezer Park Apartments in Minneapolis have been putting together thoughts about their experiences with racism and prejudice since November. They revealed their letters fellow apartment dwellers and the community.

"You don't want to play with them, their color might rub off on you...."

"You have no business on this bus..."
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