Tag: Racism

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Some Rules and Reminders for People Who Read The Root

Illustration: Oscar Bustamante (The Root/G-O) It’s the Friday before a major holiday, and the regular writer of the Clapback Mailbag, Michael Harriot, has decided to take the day off for whatever it is he does when he is not pulling white people by their taint hairs on The Root. Before he took off the other […]

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Maine Becomes 1st State in the Nation to Outlaw Native American Mascots in All Public Schools

A man holds up an anti-mascot button to protest using Native Americans as mascots for sports teams at a 2003 event in Ohio. On May 16, 2019, the governor of Maine signed into law a bill banning the use of Native American imagery and symbols as mascots at all public schools and universities.Photo: Mike Simons […]

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Boston Museum of Fine Arts Apologizes for Racist Remarks, Profiling 7th Grade Students

Photo: iStock Typically field trips are an opportunity for students to explore the world beyond the schoolyard, but unfortunately, nearly two dozen 7th grade students at Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, Mass., had their visit to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts ruined by racist patrons and staff members. According to […]

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Chicago High School Reprints Yearbooks Due to Students Making One Too Many White Nationalist Hand Gestures

Image: iStock If you’re one of the lucky souls who purchased an original printing of the 2018-2019 Oak Park and River Forest High School yearbook you’ve been treated to as many as 18 photographs featuring hand gestures associated with white nationalism. Because kids say do the darnedest things. Congratulations! However, the Chicago Sun Times reports […]

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Lawsuit Alleges Buffalo Wild Wings Managers Gave the Green Light to Refuse Black Customers

Photo: Rick Wilson (AP Photo) Perhaps you’ve heard the stories about how black people don’t tip, without deconstructing the reasoning as to why that might be. Or perhaps you’re just one of many racist managers at Buffalo Wild Wings who’ve relied on this stereotype to justify refusing black customers. Either way, the Kansas City Star […]

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Milwaukee County Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis. Will More Cities Follow Suit?

Photo: iStock In what’s being touted as an important first step in addressing decades of race-based inequality, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed a resolution Monday declaring racism a public health crisis. “Everybody has been reading and hearing about the same set of statistics in Milwaukee for decades,” Abele said at yesterday’s signing, according to […]

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Is Trump DOA in the Rust Belt?

If you’re the betting sort, maybe bet on the 2020 election being decided in the Rust Belt. It was there, in 2016, when the Democrats’ fabled “blue wall”—Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania—crumbled, handing an Electoral College victory to Donald Trump. In the 2018 midterms, however, Democrats began to rebuild that wall, electing three governors, three senators, and […]

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Why Milkshaking Works

The biggest topic in British political circles on Monday wasn’t the country’s impending departure from the European Union. It was milkshakes—or, rather, one milkshake in particular that was lobbed by a bystander in Newcastle at Nigel Farage, a Brexit Party candidate in the European Parliament elections later this week. Nigel Farage berates his security team […]

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Police Investigate High School Student After Video of Racist Tirade Surfaces on the Internet

Photo: Tom Shelton (Google Photos) Missouri’s Kickapoo High School can’t stay out the damn news. A mere month after its students made headlines for bullying members of the LGBTQ community with a Confederate flag, another underage miscreant has showed their complete ass. Advertisement In a 20-second video circulating on social media, an unidentified white male—who […]

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Minnesota Superintendent Promises ‘Aggressive Action’ After Middle School Teacher Filmed Using Racist Language

Photo: EdwardShackleford/iStock Wendy Brilowski, a teacher in Highland Park Middle School, Minnesota, has been placed on leave after video proof showed her hurling racial slurs to students. Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard has vowed to take appropriate action after footage was posted online and went viral. Brandy Coleman, the mother of one of […]

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HUD Could Displace More Than 100,000 Legal Residents and Citizens With New Proposed Rule

Photo: Dr. Ben Carson. (Getty Images) Stephen Miller will never big people face to match his big-and-tall head, and is determined to take his anger out on the most vulnerable among us. After months of pushing the Trump administration to penalize immigrants—legal and undocumented alike—in myriad ways, Miller seems to be getting his wish with […]

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Picture of Smiling Teachers Holding Noose Lands All Four on Paid Leave Alongside Principal

Photo: Facebook Four teachers in California decided to get cute and pose with a noose. Now, their bosses will decide if they, along with their principal, will receive their direct deposits from the school district or state unemployment. In the photo, originally shared online free of caption or context, was taken and initially distributed by […]

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Maryland County Apologizes After White Cop Uses N-Word While Questioning Black Men

Image: Screenshot via Instagram/@dmvhoodzandnewz Montgomery County police have released body camera footage of a police officer using the N-word while questioning black man over the report of a trespassing,. according to the Baltimore Sun. “Y’all N——-s been trying to do something,” she said to the men who were being questioned outside of a McDonald’s in […]

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Photos Surface of Teachers at a California School Laughing and Smiling With a Noose in Hand

Screenshot: Fox 11 Video Parents in Palmdale, Calif., are calling for a principal and several teachers to be fired after a photo surfaced showing them laughing, smiling and posing with a noose that was reportedly discovered on campus. Employees at Summerwind Elementary School told Fox 11 that principal Linda Brandts—who is looking to be the […]

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A Look at Rosewood, John Singleton’s Most Ambitious Film

Photo: Rob Kim (Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) Legendary filmmaker John Singleton was laid to rest this week after he passed away at the age of 51. Naturally, it has many reflecting on his filmography. For me, I’m specifically thinking about his most important film. We know Singleton’s most famous […]

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Measles, Racism and How America Ignores Deadly Viruses

Photo: iStock As America struggles to overcome the re-emergence of disturbing trends like Nazis, Watergate-style presidential scandals and—worst of all—fanny packs, white people have once again proven their resurrection powers by bringing back something even the most cynical among us could never have imagined. The measles.  According to the CDC, the 764 confirmed cases of […]

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Baltimore Anchorwoman Gets The Boot After Questioning Black Women’s Ability to Lead

Screenshot: WJZ Video What’s irrefutable is that Catherine Pugh, the embattled former Baltimore mayor who recently resigned after a children’s book scandal destroyed her political career, fucked up. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Books Out the Door, Abandons City Hall Post Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has written herself out of her role as the city’s chief […]

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