Tag: while black

A Late-Night Food Run at Barnard College Turns Into a Racial Hashtag for One Black Student

Barnard College in New York CityPhoto: Associated Press A college student’s quest for late-night leftovers turned into a racially charged episode where the student was roughed up and six Barnard College security guards ended up on administrative leave pending an investigation by the school into their actions. “We deeply regret that this incident occurred, and […]

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Lawyering While Black: Cop Detains Attorney in Courtroom, Accuses Him of Impersonating a Lawyer 

Screenshot: WBAL TV It’s a shame there isn’t a tag for stories on The Root called “dumbassery on your tax dollars,” because I promise you, there would be at least one cop story filed there every day. This latest example comes to us from Harford County, Md., where the local sheriff’s office now finds itself […]

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Lawyering While Black: Cop Detains Attorney in Courthouse, Accuses Him of Impersonating a Lawyer 

Screenshot: WBAL TV It’s a shame there isn’t a tag for stories on The Root called “dumbassery on your tax dollars,” because I promise you, there would be at least one cop story filed there every day. This latest example comes to us from Harford County, Md., where the local sheriff’s office now finds itself […]

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#PickingUpTrashWhileBlack: Colorado Cops Draw Guns on Man Cleaning His Yard

Colorado police officer confronts black man picking up trash around his own house. Photo: Facebook A black Colorado man was doing the suspicious work of cleaning his yard when he was confronted by police who wanted to know what the black man was doing on his own property. According to the Daily Camera, on Friday, […]

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#RappingWhileBlack: Neighbor Calls Cops on Black Man After Hearing Him Recite Jay-Z Lyrics

Screenshot: TMZ We can add reciting Jay-Z lyrics to the growing list of things black people must refrain from doing after a Tennessee man found himself at the center of an armed police confrontation and quickly realized that he had 99 problems and his neighbor accusing him of domestic abuse was one. According to TMZ, […]

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Kansas Man Handcuffed for Attempting to Move Into His Home Late at Night

Screenshot: Kansas City Star (video A key feature of burglaries is that people typically try to remove items from a home, rather than move them in. This basic fact seemed to elude Tonganoxie Police, who handcuffed a 61-year-old black man on the front steps of his new home as he wrapped up an arduous day […]

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A Man Called Police on a Black Candidate and her Family Campaigning in a White Neighborhood, Suspected Them of Buying Drugs

Photo: CBS News Getting out the vote means knocking on doors. And that’s what Sheila Stubbs, a 12-year veteran on the Dane County, Wisconsin, Board of Supervisors was doing on August 7. Stubbs, a candidate for State Assembly, representing Wisconsin’s 77th district, was canvassing the neighborhood in anticipation of the Democratic primary, which was to […]

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‘It’s Just Draining’: 14-Year Employee of University Gets Cops Called on Him for Looking ‘Agitated’

Photo: iStock There are a few times of day you can routinely expect people to look “agitated:” heading to work is definitely one of them. But, typically, most people don’t have the cops called on them as they’re heading to work—regardless of how stressed out they look. That wasn’t the case for University of Massachusetts […]

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Fatayi Jomoh Was Handcuffed for Bouncing a Basketball, Now His Mother Is Speaking Out

We live in a country where a black child was placed in handcuffs for bouncing a basketball. In a gym. This child’s name is Fatayi Jomoh, and he was bouncing a basketball at his local Police Athletic League. Earlier this month, The Root reported on the incident, and while Fatayi was not arrested, the incident […]

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