Tag: black lives matter

Protestors Crash Event For Mayor Pete’s Black Supporters

Source: Scott Olson / Getty Black city leaders of South Bend tried to voice their support for presidential runner Mayor Pete Buttigieg, but certain residents weren’t down for the cause. According to ABC57, protestors disrupted the event, calling out Buttigieg’s history with police violence in the city. Six local elected officials detailed their experience and support […]

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Attorney General Issues Veiled Threat to Communities That Protest Police Brutality. You Know Which ‘Communities’ He’s Talking About

A roomful of potential rogue cops and prosecutors breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after the chief law enforcement officer in America issued a thinly veiled threat to black communities, hinting that law enforcement officers might stop protecting people who don’t want to get shot in the face. Speaking at a ceremony for the Attorney […]

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Look Back At It: The 2010s Were Incredibly Black

As the world prepares to enter into a new decade, we’d be remiss if we didn’t revel in nostalgia about some of our favorite things from the last ten years. With that idea in mind, some of The Root’s talented (and hilarious) staff decided to share their hot takes on all things black from the […]

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‘Oppressors, Not Protectors’: The Cast of Queen & Slim Reflect on Policing

As Solange once crooned, “this shit is for us.” At the time of this article’s posting, I’ve seen Queen & Slim three times and I have no doubt this film was primarily created for us. Still, like any movie, you want as many eyes on it as possible, so I had to give writer Lena […]

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Sacramento Elementary School Teacher Throws Away Students’ Black Lives Matter Project

Black lives matter to some but not all. An elementary school in Sacramento is under fire after one of its teachers allegedly threw away students’ Black Lives Matter movement art project, reportedly saying it was too political and inappropriate. Advertisement This follows a volunteer teacher’s assignment to create art about causes people cared about. Perhaps […]

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21 Bridges: Yes, Chadwick Boseman Was Conflicted Portraying a Black Cop

Throughout their careers, actors tend to portray characters that challenge their beliefs and/or have morals that they might not necessarily agree with. To some extent, however, most actors tend to at least attempt to connect with their character. So what happens when the character represents a larger sociopolitical structure, especially from the perspective of a […]

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D.C. Man Arrested For Marijuana And Found Dead In His Cell Less Than 7 Hours Later

Jamaal Byrd was arrested on Sept. 30 because he was suspected of selling marijuana. By Oct. 1, he was found dead in his cell. Activists have been demanding answers for months and are reportedly getting little to no cooperation from police. See Also: Black Leaders Mourn The Tremendous Loss Of Rep. Elijah Cummings According to […]

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Security Guard Who Cops Said Killed A Black Man Isn’t Charged

Deionte “JR” Davis was killed by a security in at an apartment complex just outside Georgia State University’s campus. The police officers say the security guard killed the 24-year-old, who staying with a friend at the complex but was not a student. However, no charges will be filed against the guard. MORE: Arizona Cop Violently […]

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Charges Dismissed Against Teen With No Arms Or Legs Who Was Violently Attacked By Police

A horrific video of an Arizona deputy violently attacking a 15-year-old quadruple amputee in Arizona finally went public this week. The incident happened on Sept. 26 with the the teen and his 16-year-old friend who recorded the video being arrested and charged. The charges have been dismissed against the 15-year-old. READ MORE: Fort Worth Cop […]

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‘We Have to Do More’: Champion Ally Megan Rapinoe Thanked Kaepernick, Tarana Burke and Black Lives Matter in ‘Woman of the Year’ Speech

If you follow The Root on a regular basis, you know white women warrant a surprising amount of our coverage. This is not because this is a site for or about white women (quite to the contrary). It’s because some white women’s interactions with and responses to blackness have consistently proven dangerous to the people […]

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‘They Murdered My Son’: De’von Bailey’s Mother Blasts No Charges For Cops Who Shoot Teen In The Back

More officers have gotten away with killing a Black teenager. His name was De’Von Bailey and he was killed on Aug. 3 He was only 19 years old. READ MORE: Pack Of White Thugs Brawl At A Popeyes Drive-Thru ‘Over A Chicken Sandwich’ According to BuzzFeed, on Wednesday, a grand jury unanimously decided to not […]

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Statement Released On The Death Of Atatiana Jefferson’s Father: ‘He Died Of A Broken Heart’

On Saturday, the father of Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old who was shot and killed by former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean on Oct. 12, died of cardiac arrest. A family spokesperson is now speaking out about the passing of 59-year-old Marquis Jefferson,. READ MORE: Fort Worth Cop Pulls An Amber Guyger And Kills Black […]

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Ex Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Is Set to Appeal Her Murder Conviction in the Shooting Death of Botham Jean

Well, that didn’t take long. The former Dallas cop convicted of murder this month for fatally shooting her upstairs neighbor has filed notice that she plans to appeal the verdict. Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she was convicted Oct. 1 of murder for gunning down Botham Jean, claiming she mistook […]

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Black Woman Wins $205,000 Settlement After Charging Texas Cop Yanked Out Her Tampon in the Middle of the Street

A woman has agreed to accept a payout of $205,000 from the city of San Antonio to settle her suit charging that her constitutional rights were violated when a cop not only performed a vaginal cavity search in the middle of the street, but yanked out her tampon in the midst of it. Natalie Simms’ […]

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Sacramento Kings’ Harrison Barnes to Pay for Atatiana Jefferson’s Funeral

Harrison Barnes, playing for the Sacramento Kings. The NBA star says he and his wife will pay for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson, the woman whose shooting death by a Fort Worth, Texas, cop has led to his being charged with murder. Jefferson’s funeral is set for Oct. 19, 2019 in Dallas.Photo: Rob Carr (Getty) […]

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#AtatianaJefferson: Evidence Points to a Frightened Woman Taking Up Arms to Protect Herself and Her Young Nephew

An 8-year-old’s eyewitness account of what preceded his aunt being violently taken from him in an instant, felled by a police officer’s bullet, points to a woman who took out her gun to protect herself and her nephew from a possible intruder skulking about their yard in the middle of the night. Atatiana Jefferson’s 8-year-old […]

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Why Did a Georgia School District Ban This #1 Bestseller About Race?

A Georgia school district has blacklisted a bestselling book for teens dealing with race, police brutality, Martin Luther King Jr. and the glare of the white gaze, effectively banning the book from the district’s libraries, curriculum and students who want to learn about race, police brutality, Martin Luther King Jr. and anything other than stuff […]

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Why Did a Georgia School District Ban This No. 1 Bestseller About Race?

A Georgia school district has blacklisted a bestselling book for teens dealing with race, police brutality, Martin Luther King Jr. and the glare of the white gaze, effectively banning the book from the district’s libraries, curriculum and students who want to learn about race, police brutality, Martin Luther King Jr. and anything other than stuff […]

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#AtatianaJefferson: Texas Cop Who Shot and Killed the 28-Year-Old Black Woman Is Charged With Murder

The Fort Worth, Texas, cop who shot into Atatiana Jefferson’s bedroom window and killed her as she was playing a video game with her 8-year-old nephew was arrested and charged with murder Monday. Aaron Dean, who resigned from the force earlier Monday before charges were announced, was being held in jail without bond, according to […]

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Chicago Cop Who Quit Force After Shooting and Killing Rekia Boyd Wants All Evidence of His Criminal Case Erased

The then off-duty Chicago cop who fired his gun out his car window, striking and killing Rekia Boyd, an innocent bystander, now wants all evidence of the criminal case filed against him cleared from the public record. Even though Dante Servin got off scot-free on charges of involuntary manslaughter when a Chicago judge threw out […]

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If You Love Me, Do Not Call the Police

I do not want to die. Because I am far from infallible, I am willing to concede the slight possibility that there exists a scenario in which I may benefit from the presence of the police. Even though I’ve tried to imagine such a situation, I admit that I may have overlooked some hypothetical plight […]

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