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This street performer had to take the law in his own hands when defending himself against angry racists.
According to the Scottish Express, street performer Melo was being interviewed for a special documentary for BBC.
The documentary, titled The Street, depicts encounters with residents on the streets of Glasgow, Scotland. Melo, who was sharing his story with filmmakers, was interrupted by what appeared to be two intoxicated men. The men tease and taunt Melo, spewing racial slurs like “black bastard.”
Melo (who hails from Angola) tries to ignore the men, but as you can see in the video above, the situation escalates. After police come and arrest the aggressors, Melo tells filmmakers that racism isn’t new in Scotland.
“It’s not just in Glasgow, it’s everywhere,” he says. In a separate incident, Melo is abused again before revealing he experiences racism on a daily basis. “I am feeling sick, man. Since 1998, I’ve been abused everyday, that’s why I just feel like leaving. I need to be happy.”
The documentary aired Monday night and while it’s believed the street performer has left the country, viewers were upset that no one – including cameramen – tried to stop the attack.
Producers of the show fired back and claimed that it wouldn’t be realistic to edit out Melo’s attack and the drunk actions of other people on the show:
“Public drunkenness and disorder are part and parcel of modern town centres. It would not be realistic to cut this from the series, given anyone who has ever been in Sauchiehall Street at night knows that is what happens, but it is largely seen in the context of the street pastors who are out and about trying to help people.”
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SOURCE: Scottish Express | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube
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SEATTLE — Four students from Issaquah High School are facing disciplinary action after a series of racist comments were posted on social media – directed at black students at Seattle’s Garfield High School.
It all started after the Issaquah basketball team lost to Garfield in a late February game.
Investigators say that’s when several students from Issaquah took to social media anonymously and shared offensive messages.
“The things they did, they called our teammates monkeys,” said Jamal, a student at Garfield. “It was really messed up. I don’t agree with what they did.”
A Seattle police report says the racist messages were posted to social media or shared via text message. Now the department is investigating the messages as a possible felony.
The Issaquah School District says four students face disciplinary action for violating the student conduct policy, but they won’t say what kind of punishment they could receive.
The district says none of the students is on the varsity basketball team.
Issaquah High School officials offered an apology on their website saying, “We found the tweets to be offensive. We are sincerely sorry for the hurtful actions by a few students who acted on their own.”
This rivalry comes to a head on Friday night as both the Issaquah and Garfield basketball teams face off in the state playoffs at the Tacoma Dome.
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The Indiana High School Athletic Association is investigating complaints from Lawrence North about racially targeted behavior and taunts from the Bedford North Lawrence crowd during the girls basketball semistate game at Bedford on Saturday.
“Those concerns are currently under investigation,” said Chris Kaufman, IHSAA assistant commissioner, who added the IHSAA had no other comment at this time.
Lawrence North Principal Brett Crousore complained in a letter sent on Tuesday, and obtained by The Indianapolis Star through a public records request, of several issues he felt needed to be addressed, including racially targeted behavior and a public perception of systematic racism. Crousore also questioned the location of the game at Bedford, noting the Lawrence North team is composed entirely of African-Americans and they were playing an all-white team in a predominantly white community. Bedford North Lawrence actually starts a biracial player.
In his letter, Crousore wrote that some members of the Bedford North Lawrence student section wore gorilla outfits and other students wore safari gear at the game. Those donning the gorilla costumes stood underneath the Lawrence North basket during warm-ups.
“Our assistant coach moved to stand between the BNL students and our players,” Crousore wrote. “After I addressed this issue with the BNL Athletic Director, at the beginning of first quarter, he did have the students remove the costumes. He seemed amazed that I did not approve.”
Bedford North Lawrence athletic director Jeff Callahan confirmed the students were asked to take off the gorilla costumes during the first quarter, but said the costumes were not racially motivated.
“The safari was a theme because we were going after Wildcats,” said Callahan, referring to Lawrence North’s nickname. “Those (gorilla suits) had been worn at games throughout the year. I talked to the principal at Lawrence North and we discussed it. We made the decision to ask them to take them off. It wasn’t like they brought them out just for that game.”
Crousore said students, coaches, parents and his administrative team saw the attire as a racially insensitive choice.
Beyond that, Crousore described in his letter the use of racial comments, directed at his students: “In the last two days, I have received reports that students were referred to with racial slurs, including the N-word, while waiting in line for concessions at halftime.”
Callahan said he did not hear any racial slurs or taunts during the game.
Lawrence North Athletic Director Grant Nesbit said in a statement Wednesday that Lawrence North appreciates the efforts of Bedford North Lawrence school officials and have had productive conversations with them since the semistate game.
Bedford North Lawrence, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, beat No. 1 Lawrence North 62-54 in overtime to advance to the Class 4A state title game. Tournament sites are chosen by IHSAA before the school year, but Lawrence North officials believe the game should have been played in Richmond to avoid a home-court advantage.
Whether Lawrence North could receive a fair shake was on the minds of school officials even before the game began. Nesbit said he did not have any complaints with how the game was officiated or have any questions about the officials’ integrity, but he did contact the IHSAA prior to the game to request that an ethnic minority be part of the crew. That did not happen.
Nesbit said many of the incidents they cited likely would have been avoided if the game was played at a neutral site. “A game of that magnitude needs to be at a neutral site,” Nesbit said.
Nesbit and Lawrence North girls coach Chris Giffin argued that all tournament games following sectional play should be at neutral sites.
Last year, Bedford North Lawrence girls also won its semistate game in overtime at home, beating Roncalli en route to winning the state title.
Nesbit said it also was unfair to Bedford North Lawrence that it had to play host Columbus North in the regional last month.
Nesbit said he hopes the IHSAA board of directors will consider changing that policy regarding neutral sites. The board of directors are elected by the member school principals.
“We need to remind the board of directors that this is our tournament,” Nesbit said, “and we’re not happy with how it’s being run.”
Nesbit said Lawrence North officials plan to meet with IHSAA board of directors later this month to “work in concert with them on arriving at reasonable solutions to ensure such unfortunate situations do not occur again and that games of this magnitude are contested on a level field of play.”
Call Star reporter Mark Ambrogi at (317) 444-6047. Follow him on Twitter: @mark_ambrogi
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