A New Jersey high school edited out several pro-Trump messages from the student yearbook. Wall Township High School junior Grant Berardo wore a "Make America Great Again" shirt for his class photo, but was depicted wearing a blank T-shirt. His was one of at least three profiles to be edited. School district officials said they were investigating a "possible violation of First Amendment rights."
A Chicago artist is being called "a disgrace" for depicting God as a black woman. Harmonia Rosales' Creation of God shows a white-haired black woman reaching down from the clouds to touch the hand of a younger black woman — a variation on Michelangelo's Creation of Adam. On Twitter, critics objected to the race of the deity, calling Rosales' work blasphemous and "disgusting."
Saturday night marked the inaugural Taco Trucks at Every Mosque event, uniting Southern California's Muslim and Latino communities at the new Islamic Center of Santa Ana. The idea — the brainchild of Orange County activists Rida Hamida and Ben Vazquez — is partially a response to the election of President Trump, which has left both America's Muslim and Latino communities feeling besieged, and the name is a play on the campaign promise/threat from a Trump organizer, Marcos Gutierrez, that if Trump didn't win, "you're going to have taco trucks on every corner." But it's more than that, also, reports Anh Do at the Los Angeles Times.
Serving halal tacos to Muslims and Latinos after daily fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is a way to build bridges between the two growing communities. "The purpose of this month is to give charity, to grow our character, and our inner lives and to nourish our soul through service," says Hamida. "What better way to do that than by learning from one another?" Vazquez, a local history teacher, adds: "We have a saying — la cultura cura — the culture cures. There's nothing better than two sides coming together to cure evil thoughts about each other."
About 400 people attended the first Taco Trucks at Every Mosque event. The group Resilience OC, which helped coordinate the meet-and-greet, says more are planned in Anaheim, Irvine, Mission Viejo, and other Southern California locales. Read more at the Los Angeles Times. Peter Weber
A police officer in Florida demanded to know if an injured cyclist was an illegal immigrant before offering assistance. "You illegal? Speak English? Got ID?" the Monroe County sheriff asked Marcos Huete as he was lying next to his bicycle after being hit by a pickup truck. Huete, who is from Honduras, was issued a $75 fine for causing the accident, hospitalized, and later detained by border officials.
A Portland, Oregon, tortilla shop run by two white women was forced to shut down over accusations of "cultural appropriation." Owners Kali Wilgus and Liz Connelly had traveled to Mexico to study the techniques of the local "tortilla ladies." But activists claimed that was equivalent to stealing recipes and exploiting their creators' already "marginalized identities for the purpose of profit and praise."
A Yale University dean has been put on leave over racially insensitive remarks she made in Yelp reviews. "If you are white trash, this is a perfect night out for you," June Chu wrote about a Japanese restaurant. In other posts, she noted "I am Asian" as proof of her culinary expertise, warned of "sketchy" crowds at a movie theater, and called the workers "morons" who serve "snack orders to the obese."
Harvard University will host its first schoolwide graduation ceremony for African-American students. "Black Commencement 2017" is open to graduate and undergraduate students of color, who will wear African stoles over their gowns. The event is "not about segregation," said student organizer Michael Huggins, but a celebration of "Harvard black excellence and brilliance."
A group of Columbia University students draped a Ku Klux Klan hood over a statue of Thomas Jefferson and labeled the Founding Father "the epitome of white supremacy." Protesters from the group Mobilized African Diaspora said the statue of the slave-holding Founding Father "validates rape, sexual violence, and racism" and shows Columbia's "hypocrisy" in recruiting black students as "mere tokens of the university."