Sunday, April 18, 2021

Newspaper Columnist Canned After Suggesting Black Men Should Stay Home After Dark

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Stephon Clark

*Newspaper columnist Marcia Courson is out of a part-time job after suggesting black males should stay home at night to avoid getting shot and killed by police.

Courson and The River Valley Times of Rancho Murieta, Calif., mutually agreed to part ways on Monday after the public backlash to her column in which she referenced the shooting of Stephon Clark.

Clark was killed by Sacramento police after they mistook his white cell phone for a gun. Courson struggled to find an answer to the epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black males. She suggested they might be better off staying home after dark to avoid getting killed.

“Hard to know what a young man wandering the streets at night might be up to and if he has a gun,” Courson wrote. “Police have to be careful not to overreact, and you black men might be better off at home after a certain hour.”

Newspaper publisher Dave Herburger distanced himself from the controversy, saying he was out of town in the days before the column was published last week.

“Had I read the proofs prior to publication, I would have been able to avoid all this,” Herburger said.

“I would like to believe I would have at least edited out that one sentence, if not the whole thing,” Herburger said Monday.

Courson was a paid columnist for the last seven years, according to the AJC.com.

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In related news, the Starbucks manager who is under fire for calling the police on two black men for trespassing says loitering in the Philadelphia coffeehouse has been an ongoing problem for years.

The former manager, named only as Holly, has since “mutually parted ways” with the company after protests disrupted daily business.

Holly blamed company policy as her reason for calling 911. She told Applenews.com that management has the discretion to enforce the no loitering policy up to and including calling the police.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and met with the two men and apologize to them.

“I’d like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through,” he said during an interview with GMA.

Johnson said called Holly’s decision to called the cops “completely inappropriate.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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