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The long-awaited Guns, Blacks, and Steel is set to publish August 19 and The Day After Katrina: New Orleans, Race, and Violence is set for September 1.
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Since when did Eric "My People" Holder add American Idol judge to his resume? We already know the Federal Government is suing companies that run background checks on potential applicants, because such checks have the undesired effect of disqualifying black people who have been erroneously found to be criminals (one day soon, it will just be declared illegal to arrest black suspects); so now the target of disparate impact is on the back of Simon Cowell's baby. ['American Idol' socked with racial discrimination suit
|You can't check arrest histories of black people anymore...|
pretty soon, you won't be able to even arrest black people.
Ten one-time contestants on American Idol, all male African Americans, have sued the Fox singing contest, claiming they were unfairly kicked off the show because of their race. The men are each seeking $25 million in damages.
Only hardcore Idol fans may recognize the names of the plaintiffs. (Let’s face it: only hardcore fans can remember even the names of the Idol winners).
Bringing the suit are Corey Clark, Jaered Andrews and Jacob John Smalley (all from Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), the Brittenum twins, Terrell and Derrell (from Season 5), Thomas Daniels and Akron Watson (both of Season 6), Ju'Not Joyner (Season 8), and Chris Golightly (Season 9). According to TMZ, the contestants’ attorney, James H. Freeman maintains that Idol has only publicly disqualified 10 contestants in the show’s history, all of whom are African-American.
He also alleges that the show illegally looked into the arrest histories of the Idol 10 and used that information to humiliate the contestants. The suit holds that only African American singers were questioned about having criminal records.
Freeman termed the policies of the show “cruel and inhumane,” and accused Idol producers of painting his clients as “violent criminals, liars, and sexual deviants.” Some of the ten men made it as far as the Hollywood rounds.
Clark is the only one to have made the Final Ten, He filed a separate suit earlier this year against the show for, among other things, defamation and false light invasion of privacy. Clark, who had a brief and controversial affair with Idol judge Paula Abdul while he was on the show, maintains in the suit that he was cast as “the villain” in a “scripted” reality show.All 10 contestants publicly disqualified have been black, with background checks engaged by the show to determine a criminal history... what, is George Zimmerman moonlighting as a producer for American Idol now?
Considering that the EEOC wants to make it illegal for companies to check criminal background checks, because such investigations by employers have a tendency to disqualify black applicants, the actions by American Idol must be the basis for a case of civil rights infringement/violations taken up by the Department of Justice.
Instead of funding rallies against Zimmerman, perhaps the Department of Justice can fund a program to call in hundreds of thousands of votes for only black contestants on American Idol?