NEWS ROUNDUP: Black Judge Removes ‘Despicable’ Mississippi Flag; Florida Teens Mock Drowning Man…AND MORE

Carlos Moore set off a firestorm on his first day as a municipal judge in Clarksdale, Mississippi—the first African-American to sit at that bench. His first order of business was ordering the removal of the state flag because the Confederate emblem is embedded in it. Moore said the symbol in the “despicable flag” represents a long history of White supremacy and injustice. Displaying the flag is unacceptable, especially since scores of Black residents will seek justice in his courtroom. The judge is no stranger to controversy over the stars and bars. He’s fighting an ongoing legal battle to remove the Confederate symbol permanently from Mississippi’s flag. Read more.

Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer Finally Quits

It was just a matter of time before the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, resigned. He was the spokesman for an administration that has difficulty telling the truth, which made him the target of fierce criticism and humor.

The New York Times reports that Spicer stepped down on Friday over President Donald Trump‘s hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Philando Castile’s Mother Offers Support

Two individuals, who otherwise have little in common, shared a moment of empathy that few people can understand.

WCCO-TV reports that Valerie Castile and Don Damond, whose loved ones died in separate Minnesota police shootings, met Thursday night outside Damond’s Minneapolis home before a rally for his fiance.

 

White Nationalist Pleads Guilty To Harassing Black Woman Protester At Trump Rally

The leader of a White nationalist group pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct after being accused of harassing a Black female protester during a rally for Donald Trump in Louisville, Kentucky, the Courier-Journal reports.

Matthew Heimbach, who is chairman of the pro-White Traditionalist Worker Party, previously said he had “no regrets” about his actions at the March rally.