Bill banning "Asian carp" advances; Asian leaders say term is offensive

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This fella is invasive, not Asian, the author of the bill says.
Yesterday, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously voted to ban the term "Asian carp" from Minnesota statute. The bill now advances to the Senate floor.

The vote came after testimony by two Asian leaders who characterized the term "Asian carp" as offensive and racist.

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47-pound Asian carp caught in Lake Pepin -- it's one of the ugliest fish you'll see [PHOTO]


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Betty McCollum blasts Redskins owner for not changing team name

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McCollum: "Snyder wants to keep profiting from his team's racist brand and use those profits to attempt to buy the silence of Native Americans."
Rep. Betty McCollum is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and in that role, she's led the push to get Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name, which she characterizes as a "derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos."

Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested last fall he's open to a change, Snyder announced last night he's sticking with Redskins.

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UMD hockey fans warned after "smallpox blankets" chant during Fighting Sioux series


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MNGOP Rep. Pat Garofalo takes renewed heat for dumb tweet after he cracks joke about it

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About 10 days ago, Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, drew attention from national media outlets ranging from SporsCenter to the Huffington Post for a tweet insinuating that your typical NBA player is a street criminal.

THE BACKSTORY: MNGOP Rep. Garofalo savaged for tweet linking NBA players to street criminals

It was bad, but as is usually the case with these things, it blew over in time. Now, however, Garofalo is taking fresh heat for cracking a joke about his regrettable tweet during a House Energy Policy Committee on Monday afternoon.

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Black student groups want U of M officials to remove racial descriptions from crime alerts

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"There are certain looks you get late at night when you have a hoodie on, or even just a U of M backpack," the leader of a black student group told us.
Members of the Black Student Union, Black Faculty and Staff Association, and a handful of other black student groups are asking U of M officials to remove racial descriptions from crime alerts distributed by the university.

SEE ALSO: Myles Thomas puts Mpls cops on blast after they write him ticket for spitting near U of M campus

During a wave of high-profile crimes that swept through campus last semester, many alerts noted that the suspect was a "black male." (Though there are some exceptions, including the most recent one.) Reached for comment today, Ian Taylor Jr., president of the Black Men's Forum, questioned the value of that sort of description, which he believes negatively impacts how blacks are perceived on campus.

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Shannon Gibney controversy: Petition accuses MCTC of "institutional racism"

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The petition criticizes MCTC for reprimanding Gibney (right) and thereby shielding white students from tough discussions about racism in American society.
A petition put together by two New York City professors accuses MCTC administrators of committing "institutional racism" by formally reprimanding Shannon Gibney for alienating a group of white students with the way she approached a discussion about structural racism during her Intro to Mass Communications class this semester.

SEE ALSO: Shannon Gibney, MCTC prof, also took heat for structural racism comments in 2009

The reprimand "constitutes an instance of institutional discrimination that silences discussion of important social issues within the context of higher education, creates a culture of fear amongst the faculty, dissuading their teaching [from] subjects touching racism at MCTC in the future, and, most importantly, disserves the interests of student enrichment, student learning and student preparedness," says the petition, written by New York Law School professor Chaumtoli Huq and Kingsborough Community College prof Maureen Reprecht Fadem.

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Shannon Gibney, MCTC prof, also took heat for structural racism comments in 2009

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Shannon Gibney
After he read our post about the official reprimand professor Shannon Gibney received for controversial comments she made about white privilege during her Intro to Mass Communication course, a former MCTC student named Ryan got in touch to tell us about a similar incident involving Gibney that happened back in January 2009.

THE BACKSTORY, ALONG WITH 200+ COMMENTS: MCTC prof reprimanded for alienating whites during racism discussion

At the time, Ryan (he asked us to withhold his last name) was an editor for City College News (CCN), MCTC's student newspaper. Gibney was invited to speak during one of the paper's editorial meetings. According to Ryan, she brought along students from a journalism class she was teaching.

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MCTC prof reprimanded for alienating white students during structural racism discussion

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:::: UPDATE :::: Shannon Gibney, MCTC prof, also took heat for structural racism comments in 2009

Shannon Gibney, a 38-year-old professor at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, received a formal reprimand from the school's vice president of academic affairs for the way she handled a discussion of structural racism in her Intro to Mass Communication course.

SEE ALSO: "Geography of Hate" maps show where racist and homophobic tweets come from [IMAGES]

The reprimand came after three white male students complained that they felt singled out by Gibney.

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Crazy NoDak racist is on hunger strike, says he plans to leave physical body behind

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Craig Cobb, to WDAY: "People's comfort level is best when they are amongst their own."
Craig Cobb, the part-African neo-Nazi who's trying to establish a "White Nationalist Community" in the small, unsuspecting city of Leith, North Dakota, is in jail and on a hunger strike he vows will end his earthly existence.

RELATED: White supremacist trying to take over NoDak town, moves in next to county's only black guy

Cobb was arrested and charged for threatening various Leith residents with guns (for a crazy photo of Cobb and his buddy toting rifles around a blighted section of Leith, including a building adorned with a swastika, click here). As of yesterday, he hadn't eaten since being booked into jail.

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Craig Cobb, racist NoDak gadfly, is 14 percent African [VIDEO]

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Remember Craig Cobb? He's the Canadian hate-crime fugitive who's trying to establish a "White Nationalist Community" in the small, unsuspecting city of Leith, North Dakota.

Well, for reasons unclear, the 62-year-old agreed to take a DNA test for a talk show hosted by Trisha Goddard. The result: He's 86 percent European and 14 percent sub-Saharan African.

SEE ALSO: White supremacist trying to take over NoDak town [VIDEO]

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Mark Dayton, R.T. Rybak call on Washington Redskins to change "racist" nickname [UPDATE]

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The Washington Redskins are in town tonight to play a nationally televised game against the soap opera that is the Minnesota Vikings.

One subplot is the ongoing controversy over the Redskins' offensive nickname, which has prompted the American Indian Movement to plan a protest outside tonight's game.

RELATED: ACLU calls on Vikings to boycott "Redskins" when Washington comes to Metrodome

During a news conference today, Gov. Mark Dayton was asked for his opinion on the nickname. Here's what he said:

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