The jailed LA rapper whose songs were used to prosecute him

Drakeo the Ruler speaks to the Guardian about twice facing charges for a murder he didnt commit: Its not about justice The Los Angeles district attorney is prosecuting the rapper Drakeo the Ruler for a murder he didnt commit, arguing in court that his rap lyrics, videos and collaborations are evidence of a conspiracy. The case moving forward this week marks the third time Drakeo, whose legal name is Darrell Caldwell, is facing charges stemming from the 2016 murder of 24-year-old Davion Gregory. After Drakeo Drakeos case, saying its a critical free speech test and an egregious example of racist and aggressive policing of black men and their creative expression. Experts estimate there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of …

Video shows white woman shouting N-word, threatening Black people at CVS

The video of the incident had over 17,000 replies on ThursdayA Twitter user who said she was at the scene, Rene Saldaa, wrote on Twitter that it took place at CVS in Eagle Rock, California.The 42-second long video starts with the woman jumping and screaming, I hate [N-word]! No, Im totally I just hate [N-word], the woman says as she walks out. Fuck you [N-word]! I hate [N-word]! the woman screams again. I would kill the [N-word], but the law says I cant kill the [N-word]. If the law didnt say that I couldnt kill the [N-word]She then walks to a car and shows the victim the license plate number while repeating the N-word. The car is parked in a …

‘Tip of the iceberg’: what a Nazi salute video says about Orange county

In the past year, several high schools in the California county have been engulfed in scandal over racist behavior by some of their white students Students have arranged red plastic cups in the shape of a swastika. Theyve held up We love White signs. Theyve chanted a Nazi marching song. Several high schools in Orange county, California, have been racist behavior by some of their white students. This week, videos surfaced showing a group of boys from marching with German and Confederate flags. The latest controversy has reignited anger and anxiety among Jewish communities and students of color, with many questioning why this keeps happening. To some, the answer is obvious: White supremacy has a long history in Orange county, …

Deadly cliffside collapse underscores California’s climate-fueled crisis

Tragedy in Encinitas comes as nearly 75% of states coastlines erode, endangering lives, homes, and infrastructure Three women were killed last week while sunning on a beach in Encinitas, California, when the bluff above them gave way. The sudden tragedy that befell Anne Clave; her mother, Julie Davis; and her aunt Elizabeth Cox, who had gathered at the resplendent coastline in the seaside community north of San Diego to celebrate Cox surviving cancer, made landslide on a San Francisco beach killed another beachgoer in 2019. Nearly three-quarters of Californias coastlines are actively eroding, putting lives, homes, roadways, railways, utilities and other infrastructure in danger. The cliffs have been crumbling since before the Arctic began melting, but natural geological collapse stands …