Don’t let Republican politicians and media outlets get away with saying racism isn’t a real problem in America anymore. It’s a very real problem that Trump and many conservatives manipulate and use daily for their own diabolical purposes.  MG

 
Cardinal Newman School, Columbia, SC

Cardinal Newman School, Columbia, SC 

In a series of racist videos and texts, a 16-year-old student at Cardinal Newman threatened to “shoot up the school’’ last spring after he fired an automatic rifle and a shotgun in the videos to demonstrate his hatred for African Americans, authorities said.

The student, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was charged with making student threats and expelled July 15, according to a July 17 incident report from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. That followed the discovery by school officials of a group text message that included videos with racist comments.

Authorities said some videos and texts were posted May 11 at 12:34 p.m. That was on a Saturday when school was not in session, but before Cardinal Newman let out for the academic year. The Sheriff’s Department said it did not learn about the racist and threatening videos and texts until mid-July.