Morning Brief: UCLA Professor Blasted for Email Students Say Was ‘Woefully Racist’

Also O.C. ditches its mask mandate, Netflix nixes blackface, and more

» One UCLA professor has been put on leave after the release of an email he sent to students last week in response to a request that accommodations be made for Black students during finals. A petition calling for lecturer Gordon Klein’s firing dubbed the email “woefully racist.” [Insider]

» Deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department fatally shot a Black man in Lancaster on Thursday. Officers assert that the shooting followed an altercation stemming from a domestic violence call. Few other details have yet been released. [KTLA]

» A group representing landlords is suing the city of Los Angeles. The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles claims their members’ Fifth Amendments rights are impinged by the city’s freeze on evictions of tenants impacted by the pandemic.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Orange County has ditched its mask mandate. Face coverings are still “strongly recommended,” but no longer required.  [CBS Los Angeles]

» Netflix is pulling shows that feature blackface performances off the platform. Included in a recent wipe are British comedy series The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen, as well as programs from Australia and New Zealand. [Vanity Fair]

» A Los Angeles Times analysis appears to show that widespread violations of LAPD use of force policies took place during protests. The department says it will have internal affairs investigators review the incidents. [Los Angeles Times]

» The “I Take Responsibility” video packed with Hollywood stars got a major groan from the internet. Aaron Paul Kesha, Kristen Bell, and Julianne Moore are among those who appear in the anti-racism PSA. [Huff Post]

» Chuck E. Cheese may plunge into the ball pit of bankruptcy. The chain is nearly $1 billion in debt already and is seeking another $200 million loan just to stay afloat. [People]


» People Are Calling for Splash Mountain to Get a Reboot A petition is circulating for the Song of the South-themed ride to be updated

» Madonna Joins L.A. Protests to Oust District Attorney Jackie Lacey The pop superstar joined activists at City Hall on Wednesday

» L.A. Councilmembers Are Being Blasted for LAPD Hypocrisy City Hall politicians are being called out by both sides of the aisle for paying lip service to defund protesters after accepting police union cash


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