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Racist Who Cyber-Terrorized Black Student Gets Light Penalty

Sitting down with a therapist for “anti-hate training” was part of the gift-wrapped slap on the wrist that a racist internet troll was given for terrorizing a Black college student through a neo-Nazi website.

 

Evan James McCarty settled a lawsuit on Tuesday that Taylor Dumpson filed over an internet campaign to racially harass her after she became the first Black woman to serve as American University’s student government president in 2017, the Associated Press reported.

The agreement also required McCarty to apologize, do community service and publicly renounce white supremacy.

That’ll teach him, right?

“At the end of the day, our settlement should send a strong message to white supremacists and neo-Nazis all across the country that they will be held accountable for their conduct,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which represented Dumpson.

Dumpson’s nightmare began when someone hung bananas marked with the letters “AKA,” a reference to the historically Black college sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, from nooses on the university’s campus. The school’s president noted in a statement that the incident occurred after Dumpson, an AKA member, was sworn in as American’s student government president.

The Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin, who was also a defendant in the lawsuit, directed his readers to cyberbully Dumpson, the lawsuit alleged. In an article he posted about the incident, Anglin added links to Dumpson’s Facebook page and the American University Student Government’s Twitter page.

In at least one instance, McCarty took to Twitter and posted a picture of bananas with the caption, “Ready the troops,” replying to a message that revealed Dumpson’s whereabouts. He posted that and other tweets anonymously under the pseudonym Byron de la Vandal, which Dumpson’s legal team believed was a reference to Byron De La Beckwith, the Klansman who killed civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963.

It’s hard to see how therapy sessions could bring about a real change in a committed white supremacist. How is a transformation possible when programs to make people—who are not ardent racists—aware of their unconscious racism seldom work?

American companies spend an estimated $ 8 billion a year on anti-bias training, according to TIME. Yet there’s clear evidence that the efforts to change bias attitudes, which are often ingrained from childhood, is no easy task. A study of 829 companies over 31 years found that diversity training had “no positive effects in the average workplace,” especially when it’s mandatory.

Dumpson said she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder over her ordeal. The 22-year-old law school student believes the settlement “could raise awareness of issues of racial justice, while also providing for educational benefits.”

 

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We Asked Gritty About Thanksgiving, ‘Zamboni Dust’ and Shoving That Kid in the Penalty Box

When the Philadelphia Flyers first unveiled their new goggly-eyed, burnt orange mascot — named Gritty — in September, the world didn’t quite know what to think. His look was a bit, well, striking. Would Gritty be haunting our dreams?

Soon enough, though, Gritty won everyone over. He responded to his haters with aplomb. He turned the t-shirt gun against peppy promoters. He channelled his inner Miley Cyrus. Suddenly political activists were claiming Gritty as their own, and the mascot was receiving write-in votes for Congress and county sheriff.

As Thanksgiving is the season to appreciate life’s delightful developments, TIME conducted an email interview with America’s favorite furry orange blob, a few days after Gritty placed a child in the penalty box for trying to beat him up on the ice. In the course of our interview, Gritty took to Twitter to nominate himself as TIME’s Person Of the Year. His candidacy received enthusiastic endorsements.

Gritty, first of all, Happy Thanksgiving. The Flyers host the New York Rangers the day after Thanksgiving, so you have the holiday off. What are your plans?

Well, Allen, they tell me I’m going to be in a parade amongst my people on the streets of Philadelphia.

Do you watch football on Thanksgiving, or are you purely a hockey guy?

My love for Flyers hockey knows no bounds, but when the boys are off I’ll dabble in any of the Philly sports.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

Simple. Boat of gravy. With a straw.

White meat or dark meat on your turkey? Do you wish there was orange meat?

Boat. Of. Gravy. With straw.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving memory?

I really love the National Dog Show. Heck of a warm up for that boat of gravy.

Gritty, in response to TIME’s release of our annual Person of the Year poll, you tweeted back a picture of yourself on the Person Of The Year cover. Why do you think you deserve to be named Person Of The Year? Are you even a person?

Your move, Magazine.

The other night, you became probably the first mascot in history to toss a kid into the penalty box, after the kid started throwing haymakers at you during a mites game. The kid totally deserved the penalty, in my opinion. Do you stand by your decision? Why or why not?

Yes. You want to get gritty you gonna GET GRITTY.

What’s going on with the Eagles, man?

Last I heard those majestic creatures were on the endangered species list. We should do everything we can to help.

You’ve emerged as a cult hero, not just in Philly but around the country, if not the world. You might be the NHL’s early-season MVP. What’s it like to be a new hero?

It’s a lot like being an old hero, but with that new hero smell.

You made one of the greatest mascot entrances in history when you swooped in from the arena roof, dangling on a wire while Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” played. Were you scared up there? You’re a big furry dude, thought it might have been somewhat dicey.

I was only nervous about messing up in front of Claude, but I nailed it.

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The Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty makes an entrance before the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks at Wells Fargo Center on November 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Has Miley reached out to compliment your performance? She really should have, that was gutsy.

No, but her best friend Leslie has and said “Oh, she’s just being Miley”.

Gritty, do you mind if I get a little deep for a second? What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your life? And how have you done it?

I got knocked down, but I got up again. You’re never gonna keep me down.

The Philadelphia City Council declared, in a resolution honoring you, that “Gritty may be a hideous monster, but he is our hideous monster.” Does this characterization make you feel warm and fuzzy inside (as opposed to outside)?

Sticks and stones, Allen, sticks and stones.

The same resolution also noted that you’ve been described as “a cross of Snuffleupagus and Oscar the Grouch.” Fair? Why or why not?

I’m a GRITTY!

If you ran for mayor of Philly, you’d probably win in a landslide. Any plans?

Gritty runs for and from no one.

Given that it’s 2018, it’s only natural that one side of America’s great political divide has claimed you as their own. People who protest the President have held pictures of you at rallies. The New Yorker wrote a story headlined, “How the Left Won the War for Gritty, the New Mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers.” Are you comfortable that you, as a hockey mascot, have been politicized? Why or why not?

You want to talk about comfortable? Have you EVER slipped into a snuggie?

Do you go to the Jersey Shore in the summer? If so, will you now have to disguise yourself there since you’re famous? You’ll probably get mobbed. Any disguise ideas?

Never been. Heard it’s a hot spot for boogie boarding, though. I’m so pumped.

Do you really think snow is just Zamboni dust?

What else would it be?

Assuming you like cheesesteaks — I’m not sure exactly what mascots such as yourself eats — what’s your favorite cheesesteak joint in Philly?

You’ve assumed correct, Allen. TBD on favorite. Waiting on a few of the top spots. (Dear Philly Cheesesteakerys, if you’re reading, plz send samples).

What’s your relationship like with the Phillie Phanatic? He was THE mascot in Philly for years, but now you’re the man. Do you sense he’s at all envious of your rising stardom?

Quite the opposite. We’re really good friends. I hope he’s as proud of me as I am of him. We’ve had a running game of tag going since my unveiling.

Is there a Thanksgiving message you’d like to share with your fans?

It takes exactly four hours and 13 seconds (plus one popcorn cycle) to cook a 12-pound bird to golden perfection in your microwave. You’re welcome, moms.

Sports – TIME

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