Tag: Racism

Do The Right Thing Turns 30 This Week. Not Much Has Changed Since 1989

Rosie Perez and Spike Lee.Photo: Craig Barritt (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) Spike Lee’s third film, Do The Right Thing, turns 30 years old on Sunday, July 21, but its message is so fresh that it could have been made today. I was first introduced to this film during my senior year of […]

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Poll Finds Americans Fearful Heated Rhetoric Will Fan Flames of Violence

Donald Trump takes the podium before speaking during a political rally on July 17, 2019, in Greenville, N.C., where supporters chanted “Send her back” in reference to frequent Trump critic Rep. Ilhan Omar.Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty) A majority of Americans fear all the racist and otherwise offensive rah rah being spewed in the name of […]

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What They Mean When They Say ‘Send Her Back’

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) What is an American? Is it defined by borders, treaties, laws and the Constitution or is it a nebulous set of mutable ideas and fluctuating standards? And who gets to decide? Is it as everchanging as this country’s boundary lines or was it set in stone by the cabal of […]

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Racists Ruin a Perfectly Good ‘For Sale’ Sign with Racial Slur

Image: iStock All a Jefferson County, Ala., couple was trying to do was sell a damn house, but in what’s become an everyday occurrence in Trump’s America, racism wouldn’t let them be great. From AL.com: An interracial Jefferson County couple was shocked to find one of their realty company signs defaced Wednesday morning with a […]

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It’s Not Strategy, It’s Racism

The idea that Donald Trump plays “3D chess” has never been particularly plausible; still, it was one of the most persistent themes of the 2016 election. The concept was (and is), to be fair, quite appealing: Trump’s public persona may appear, on the outside, to be a completely improvised and rarely coherent mess, but, on […]

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The Unofficial Guide to Whitesplaining Racism

Photo: iStock Racism: Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior —The Oxford/English Dictionary Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was born in Detroit. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was born in the Bronx. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) immigrated […]

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Kellyanne Conway Is Getting Dragged Online For Asking A Reporter ‘What’s Your Ethnicity?’

NBC NEWS We’re on day three of the president trying to either defend or double/triple/quadruple/etc. down on Sunday’s racist Twitter thread about the so-called “squad,” and it’s still going strong. The day after her husband published a Washington Post op-ed calling her boss “racist,” Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway sparked controversy after asking a Jewish reporter, […]

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Yeah, Donald Trump’s a Racist…and So Was Every Other American President

Look at all them racists on that mountain.Photo: iStock Remember that scene in literally every superhero origin story, when the superhero person did some super shit in public for the first time, and most people who witnessed it were like, “Whoa!!! That was some super shit! Who knew we had super people here?” (And then […]

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If You Helped a Racist Become the Most Powerful Person in America, Then You’re a Racist Too

Photo: David McNew (Getty Images) Legally, Lakeith Smith is a murderer. When he was 15 years old, police officers confronted Lakeith and a group of friends after the teenagers allegedly burglarized a home in Millbrook, Ala. One of the boys, 16-year-old A’Donte Washington, “brandished” a gun, according to police, forcing officers to shoot Washington four […]

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A Police Union Is Telling Cops to Use the Punisher’s Logo Amid an Investigation Into Racist Social Media Posts

The Punisher symbol.Image: Marvel Earlier this year, a group of St. Louis police officers were put on administrative leave after their racist social media posts were resurfaced, prompting the police department to launch an investigation into them. Now, the head of St. Louis’ police union is calling for its members to support their fellow cops […]

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Trump’s Telling Several Congresswomen Of Color To ‘Go Back’ Where They Came From Predictably Backfired

Getty Image Noting that President Donald Trump says sexist, racist and xenophobic things on Twitter (and in person) is a moot point. Even so, every once in a while, his latest early morning diatribe will be enough of something new to garner even more criticism (and, sadly, acclaim) than his usual outbursts. In this regard, […]

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White Woman Discovers Racism

Screenshot: Red Table Talk Facebook In the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith, alongside her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, hosted former Sex and the City star Kristin Davis for a probing, earnest talk about the complications of transracial adoption. Titled “Should White People Adopt Black Kids,” the discussion featured Davis talking at […]

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America the Beautiful, America the Cruel

Image: iStock The Fourth of July, or the Fourth of You Lie as we black folks like to call it, is here again. And we’ll be inundated with bold-faced lies about American exceptionalism. You’ll hear it from television commentators. From politicians. From dudes wearing a red, white and blue t-shirt…made in China. They’ll talk about […]

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Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism

At the end of 2016, in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, The Oxford English Dictionary made “post-truth” its word of the year, Merriam-Webster picked “surreal,” and Dictionary.com chose “xenophobia.” Loath to put too fine a point on it, the American Dialect Society went with “dumpster fire.” At least in recent times, official words of […]

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App Developer Responds to ‘The Racist Nextdoor’

Screenshot: Nextdoor The company behind a widely used neighborhood networking app has responded to claims of rampant racial profiling and bigotry following The Root’s examination of racism on the increasingly popular genre of neighborhood-based social media. The Racist Nextdoor If you had to pick between the ability to fly or the ability to become invisible, […]

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Chris Wallace Asked Kamala Harris to Explain Why She Doesn’t Hate White People. Here’s the Answer

Screenshot: YouTube (MSNBC) Shortly after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) finished her cool-down exercises after forcing the former Pinky to Barack Obama’s Brain into submission with a Rear Naked Chokehold before a live television audience, she sat down with chronic interrupter and MSNBC pundit Chris Wallace to explain how she acquired the can of whoop-ass she […]

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Chris Matthews Asked Kamala Harris to Explain Why She Doesn’t Hate White People. Here’s the Answer [Corrected]

Screenshot: YouTube (MSNBC) Shortly after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) finished her cool-down exercises after forcing the former Pinky to Barack Obama’s Brain into submission with a Rear Naked Chokehold before a live television audience, she sat down with chronic interrupter and MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews to explain how she acquired the can of whoop-ass she […]

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Black Woman Alleges She Was Denied Service, Forced to Give Up Her Seat for White Men

Liah Gant taking to reporters during a press conference.Screenshot: WXYZ Video Welcome to 2019: Where our president is racist, our college campuses aren’t far behind, and black people are apparently still expected to give up their seat to white folks. Huffington Post reports that on June 20, Lia Gant was at a J. Alexander’s restaurant […]

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