Detroit police called on man for banking while Black

A US man is suing a bank in Detroit after employees called the police when he tried to deposit cheques at their branch.

Sauntore Thomas had attempted to put in money he had won after settling a racial discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.

But the bank allegedly said they would have to verify the cheques. As Mr Thomas waited, the police arrived.

TCF bank has since apologised to Mr Thomas…

The bank said they could not validate Mr Thomas’s cheques and said they take extra precautions when large sums of money are involved.

But Mr Thomas, a US Air Force veteran, is now prosecuting the bank. “They discriminated against me because I’m black. None of this would have happened if I were white,” he told the Free Press.

He called his lawyer who provided them with proof of the settlement…they still wouldn’t accept his deposit…and called the cops.

Same as it ever was…

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“On my wall a wooden mask
Face of an evil Japanese fiend, lacquered in gold.
I see with sympathy
The swollen veins on his brow, showing
How exhausting it is to be evil.”
(Bertolt Brecht, 1942)

Different wars, different time. Not much else has changed.

Yo-yo crystals from a new kind of material

The crystals are formed from two concave discs attached to a central axle. From the side, the discs look like flowers with clearly defined petals. These flowers have a slight spiralling arrangement, meaning that the yo-yos have a chiral structure. Despite their complex shape, they are single crystals – confirmed by x-ray crystallography…

The yo-yo crystals are made from achiral components – they’re grown from a solution of copper nitrate and a pyridine-based organic ligand. The mixture forms a continuous network, with four ligands making a propeller-like shape around each metal centre. The material initially forms achiral, cylindrical crystals. However, after aging these cylinders for two days, they spiral out forming the green yo-yo-like precipitate…

The crystal structures belong to the highly unusual P622 space group. The Cambridge Crystallographic database, which recently logged its one millionth structure, only contains seven other examples of P622 structures.

Way cool…