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FSU Coach Willie Taggart State Attorney Launches Investigation Over Racist ‘Hanging’ Pic of Coach

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A disgusting, racist depiction of Florida State football coach Willie Taggart being hanged from a tree has triggered a state attorney investigation in Florida … officials have announced. 

The image was posted to Facebook after FSU’s 41-14 loss to Florida this weekend. It’s a photoshopped pic of Taggart’s head pasted on top of a black and white photo of an African American man being hanged. 

A caption on the image reads, “Believe In Something Even If It Means Sacrificing Your Rep.”

The person who posted the image reportedly works for Hilton Grand Vacations in Orlando — and the company has already issued a statement saying the employee has been suspended. 

Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell has confirmed his office is aware of the post and they’ve connected with the FSU Police Dept. — and other law enforcement agencies — to investigate. 

Campbell issued a statement to Tallahassee.com saying. “Any threat of violence to anybody in this community – he’s a father, a husband and a member of our community – we’re going to investigate it to the fullest extent possible.”

FSU President John Thrasher also weighed in … saying, “I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.”

“Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family.”

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FSU Coach Willie Taggart State Attorney Launches Investigation Over Racist ‘Hanging’ Pic of Coach

Breaking News

A disgusting, racist depiction of Florida State football coach Willie Taggart being hanged from a tree has triggered a state attorney investigation in Florida … officials have announced. 

The image was posted to Facebook after FSU’s 41-14 loss to Florida this weekend. It’s a photoshopped pic of Taggart’s head pasted on top of a black and white photo of an African American man being hanged. 

A caption on the image reads, “Believe In Something Even If It Means Sacrificing Your Rep.”

The person who posted the image reportedly works for Hilton Grand Vacations in Orlando — and the company has already issued a statement saying the employee has been suspended. 

Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell has confirmed his office is aware of the post and they’ve connected with the FSU Police Dept. — and other law enforcement agencies — to investigate. 

Campbell issued a statement to Tallahassee.com saying. “Any threat of violence to anybody in this community – he’s a father, a husband and a member of our community – we’re going to investigate it to the fullest extent possible.”

FSU President John Thrasher also weighed in … saying, “I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.”

“Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family.”

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FSU Coach Willie Taggart State Attorney Launches Investigation Over Racist ‘Hanging’ Pic of Coach

Breaking News

A disgusting, racist depiction of Florida State football coach Willie Taggart being hanged from a tree has triggered a state attorney investigation in Florida … officials have announced. 

The image was posted to Facebook after FSU’s 41-14 loss to Florida this weekend. It’s a photoshopped pic of Taggart’s head pasted on top of a black and white photo of an African American man being hanged. 

A caption on the image reads, “Believe In Something Even If It Means Sacrificing Your Rep.”

The person who posted the image reportedly works for Hilton Grand Vacations in Orlando — and the company has already issued a statement saying the employee has been suspended. 

Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell has confirmed his office is aware of the post and they’ve connected with the FSU Police Dept. — and other law enforcement agencies — to investigate. 

Campbell issued a statement to Tallahassee.com saying. “Any threat of violence to anybody in this community – he’s a father, a husband and a member of our community – we’re going to investigate it to the fullest extent possible.”

FSU President John Thrasher also weighed in … saying, “I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.”

“Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family.”

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Sen. Marco Rubio Blasts ‘Stupid’ FSU Fan … Over Racist Willie Taggart Image

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Marco Rubio says the person who posted the racist image of Florida State football coach Willie Taggart is an “idiot” … not just because it’s a hateful act, but because Taggart’s a GOOD coach! 

The senator says he’s a Florida Gators fan — so he’s happy UF got the win over FSU on Saturday — but says the image of Taggart hanging from a tree obviously crossed the line. 

“It’s just wrong to say that about anybody,” Rubio tells TMZ Sports … “It’s unacceptable, outrageous.”

As we previously reported, someone posted the image on Facebook of a black man being hanged from a tree with Taggart’s face photoshopped over the original picture. 

Officials in Florida are investigating the situation and are working with FSU police to ensure Taggart’s safety. 

Rubio says Taggart’s getting a bad rap in his 1st season at FSU — he’s much better than his 5-7 record shows — and FSU fans need to rally around him. 

As for the person who posted the racist image, Rubio says, “That’s just stupid. I mean that’s just dumb, stupid, maybe even hateful … obviously, it’s a hateful action.”

“Maybe they thought it was funny. It’s not funny. And whoever did that is an idiot.”

The person who allegedly posted the image has been fired from his job at Hilton Grand Vacations — the company issued a statement saying, “his behavior was in violation of multiple company policies and the furthest example from being a reflection of our company’s values.”

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11 Times Megyn Kelly Was Really Very Racist

You won't believe this, but Megyn Kelly defended the use of blackface during a controversial Today Show segment.

Wait… what's that you say?

You totally believe it because Megyn Kelly has a history of saying inappropriate things that could best be described as offensive and worst be described as racist

That's right. She was a mainstay on Fox News for years, no matter how hard NBC worked to try and make us forget her employment history.

Below, we run down the scandal that got Kelly kicked off NBC and compare it to other times in which she said some really awful things about African-Americans:

1. What is Racist?

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This is the question Kelly actually asked on air, challenging her round table panelists to explain the problem with white people dressing up in blackface for Halloween… apparently unaware of how this type of makeup was used by theater performers in the 19th century to stereotype and mock African-Americans who were being held down in society.

2. Ah, The Good Ole Days…

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“Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character,” Kelly said stupidly, adding: “Isn’t the whole purpose of Halloween to dress up and pretend you’re someone other than yourself? I feel like it’s so absurd. Who comes up with these rules?”

3. She Did At Least Apologize

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“I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry,” she said at the top of the next day’s show. “You may have heard that yesterday we had a conversation about political correctness and Halloween costumes. … I defended the idea (of blackface), saying that as long it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, that it seemed OK. Well, I was wrong, and I am sorry.”

4. Continued the Embattled Anchor:

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“This past year has been so painful for many people of colo. The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor, and I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.”

5. Too Little, Too Late?

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Kelly will be terminated by NBC as a result of these remarks, multiple sources have said. And it doesn’t help that she has made similar comments in the past. To wit…

6. SANTA IS WHITE!

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During her Fox News days, Kelly got very, very VERY worked up over the idea of black men dressed up as Santa Claus, telling her audience: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white…Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man, too.”

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Megyn Kelly Gets Roasted by NBC Colleagues for Racist Comments

Megyn Kelly just reminded the world that she doesn't know how to google the answers to simple questions. Instead, she asks them on live television.

After a massive backlash, Megyn is super sorry about defending blackface and seems to actually understand the topic.

But despite her apology, it looks like she's still not off the hook — even with her own colleagues at NBC.

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News anchors are supposed to report and discuss the news. In general, they really should not be making the news.

But that's what Megyn did, in the worst way, when she defended blackface Halloween costumes in a discussion with an all-white panel.

She has apologized and explained how the backlash opened her eyes, and NBC's Today had a group of her own collegues discuss the controersy.

Morgan Radford participated in the discussion along with Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Craig Melvin.

Al Roker says that her internal email is not a sufficient way of saying that she's sorry.

"The fact is," Roker says. "While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country."

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Roker explains how, as a black man, this is very personal to him.

"This is history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows to demean and to denigrate a race," Roker says. "It was not right."

"I am old enough to have lived through Amos ‘n’ Andy, where you had people in blackface playing two black characters, magnifying the worst stereotypes about black men."

He refers to nightmarish caricatures of black men, performed by white men, that were used as weapons to ridicule real black people.

"And that," he explains. "Is what the problem is. That is what the issue is."

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Craig Melvin doesn't mince words when he talks about Megyn's segment.

He calls her defense of blackface both "stupid" and "indenfensible."

There are people in this world who might understandably not realize the historical implications of blackface.

A millionaire television anchor who can and should read up on any controversial topics that she plans to address on television has no such excuse.

Melvin also points out the fact that Jim Crow laws are named for a blackface minstrel character, a fact we mentioned recently when discussing whiteface.

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Despite reports of an alleged feud, Savannah Guthrie clearly felt uneasy about throwing a colleague under the bus.

"It is uncomfortable, obviously," Guthrie says. "Because Megyn is a colleague at NBC News."

But it is that working relationship that made it so vital for NBC to have a panel discuss Megyn's controversial remarks.

For the public, it's about education and illumination of an important topic.

For NBC, and we don't mean to sound cynical, it's about making it clear that the organization as a whole does not defend blackface.

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Roker and Melvin both made excellent points, which you can see and hear in the video that we've attached.

But it was Morgan Radford who arguably put the best spin on this situation.

She acknowledged the historical weight of blackface while also presenting Megyn's words as a "learning moment."

Megyn, Radford says, "really gifted us the opportunity to have this conversation and a public discourse."

"We now have the courage and we have the platform to have conversations like this," Radford notes.

She says that these talks are important "even when they’re uncomfortable because we can see they’re still necessary."

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It probably does not help that Megyn Kelly has a history of making wildly controversial remarks about race.

She made these comments primarily while working at Fox News, where white nationalists like Tucker Carlson thrive.

Megyn may be best known for having claimed that Santa Claus, a fictional character based upon a Turkish man, is white. As if she had met him.

She also claimed that Jesus, a Middle Eastern Jewish man, was a white man.

Her suggestion that blackface was acceptable when she was growing up — in the 1970s — dredged all of that back up.

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But, as we said, Megyn did apologize, first in an email to colleagues and then to her viewers.

"The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep," Megyn acknowledges.

"I’ve never been a ‘pc’ kind of person," she says. "But I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age."

In general, labels like politically correct are useless, and hurled around by people who want to dismiss any struggles that are not their own.

It appears that Megyn is learning a little more about the world.

We wish that she, as the highest paid television anchor on the planet despite her ratings, would actively educate herself before getting backlash.

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Rep. Eric Swalwell Says President Trump’s Nationalist Boast Has Racist Implications

President Trump was dead-on when he said calling himself a “nationalist” is old-fashioned, but the old era he’s referring to is called Nazi Germany … according to Congressman Eric Swalwell. Rep. Swalwell was on TMZ Live talking about Trump…

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Megyn Kelly Defends Blackface, Asks: What is Racist?

Oh, crazy, desperate, race-baiting, ignorant Megyn Kelly…

… how we’ve missed you!

The formerly controversial Fox News host moved over to NBC at the outset of 2018, determined to shed her polarizing reputation and settle in as a harmless and happy morning personality.

She wanted to be the next Kelly Ripa, basically.

The thing is, though, there’s already a Kelly Ripa on television — and Kelly quickly learned that you can’t go from ranting and raving about the plight of the rich white person on Fox to casually discussing makeup and paleo recipes on NBC.

Viewers do not forget.

So, with her Today Show ratings dwindling, Kelly has returned to what she does best:

Making really dumb, close-minded and misguided statements.

She sided with Brett Kavanaugh a few weeks ago, for example, arguing that the Supreme Court justice nominee was innocent of sexual misconduct simply because he said so.

And now Kelly is here to wonder why people dressing in blackface is such a big deal.

“I have to give you a fair warning, I’m a little fired up about Halloween costumes this morning,” Kelly said on Tuesday to open a segment.

“I mean, truly, political correctness has gone amok. There are strict rules on what you may and may not wear by someone who thinks is the boss of you.”

“Isn’t the whole purpose of Halloween to dress up and pretend you’re someone other than yourself?” she continued. “I feel like it’s so absurd. Who comes up with these rules?”

What rules, you may be wondering?

Receiving flak for painting one’s face black for a costume, Kelly used as a major example.

“What is racist?” she actually asked.

“You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.”

For the record:

Blackface was a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person in the 19th century.

It contributed to the spread of racial stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon” and it was very offensive to African-Americans.

It was stereotypical and insulting and a reminder to African-Americans that they were viewed as a lesser other by those who wore it.

This really isn’t complicated.

But Kelly brought up Real Housewives of New York cast member Luann de Lesseps to try and prove her point.

Luann faced backlash in April when she attended a Halloween party dressed as legendary singer Diana Ross.

de Lesseps said soon afterward that she understood the criticism and apologized for it. But Kelly doesn’t comprehend why she had to do so.

“People said that that was racist! And I don’t know, like, I thought, like, ‘Who doesn’t love Diana Ross?'” said Kelly, adding:

“She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween. It’s not like she’s walking around [wearing blackface] in general.”

Patton Oswalt spoke for most of the free world when he responded to Kelly’s viewpoint as follows:

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It seems hard to believe that Kelly herself believes this one.

But we’re pretty sure we know what’s going on here:

She’s auditioning for a return to Fox.

Someone is clearly yearning to be employed by a company that will appreciate her racist views.

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