Tag: anti racism

A BLM T-Shirt Raises Questions Over Chauvin Juror’s Impartiality

Supporters of Black Lives Matter march toward City Hall during to protest recent incidents around the country of police shootings in Nashville, Tennessee on April 24, 2021.Photo: ADAM DELGIUDICE (Getty Images) Could a BLM T-shirt threaten the conviction of George Floyd’s killer? Over the past few days, a photo of Derek Chauvin juror Brandon Mitchell […]

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Author Ibram X. Kendi Pivots to Podcasting With Be Antiracist Set for June

Photo: iHeartMedia (AP) If you aren’t familiar with the name Ibram X. Kendi, you should be. The 2020 The Root 100 honoree is the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, a contributor at The Atlantic, one of the foremost historians of race and discriminatory policy in America, and a New York […]

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Officer Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant Identified as Nicholas Reardon

Vigil attendee holds a sign advocating to protect Black girls in Columbus, Ohio on April 21, 2021. The vigil was for Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was shot and killed by Columbus Police on April 20, 2021.The vigil was attended by activists and friends and family of Ma’Khia. Photo: Stephen Zenner (Getty Images) The Columbus, Ohio […]

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Entitled Mediocre White Men Join Writers’ Room for Fantasy TV Series Called Reverse Racism

Young man in red T-shirt against white background eating popcorn, hiding face with hands pouting and crying, standing upset and depressed complaining about job problem.Photo: Jihan Nafiaa Zahri (Shutterstock) Sometimes, I fantasize about writers’ rooms. As a creative person, I thoroughly enjoy the collaborative nature of the entertainment industry. Yes, even as a writer who […]

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Allowing Drivers to Hit Protesters Without Being Charged

Black Lives Matter protesters are stopped by police at the entrance to a rally that US President Donald Trump will hold later in the evening at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. – Hundreds of supporters lined up early for Donald Trump’s first political rally in months, saying the risk of […]

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Anti-Racism Titles Are All Over the List of 10 Most Challenged Books in 2020

Photo: Shutterstock While 2020 marked an inflection point in the nation’s awareness of issues of racial injustice, it also quickly ushered in heaps of backlash against anything to do with acknowledging the pervasiveness of racism in America. Advertisement Critical race theory, the New York Times’ 1619 Project, the phrase Black Lives Matter and anti-racism training […]

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Why White People Hate Critical Race Theory, Explained

Screenshot: Fox News The Root UniversityThe Root University offers a wide range of online classes and academic resources “for the culture.” They’re back! On Monday, Mississippi state Rep. Chris Brown (not that one) introduced two bills in the state legislature affirming the “resolute opposition to the promotion of race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating.” While […]

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A Black Girl’s Event on Being a Better White Person Has Triggered the Worst White People

Image: Jackson Public Library/City of Jacksonville Great news! There’s a vaccine for racism! According to some people, eradicating the scourge of discrimination, white supremacy and oppression is easy. The Caucasian cure for systemic inequality involves the simple task of ignoring the issue, pretending it doesn’t exist and shutting the fuck up until the problem magically […]

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Launches Commission to Address Systemic Racism and I’m Struggling Not to Be a Cynic

Photo: Angela Weiss (Getty Images) On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he is doing what a number of lawmakers and officials have been doing in order to at least appear interested in addressing the whole systemic racism in America thing: He launched a commission. Racial justice commissions seem odd to […]

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No More ‘Performative Gestures’:BLM Sacramento Purchases Land to Build Community and Resource Center for Black people

Black Lives Matter Sacramento founder Tanya Faison speaks to reporters about plans for land that the organization purchased with donations from the community.Screenshot: ABC 10 The Black Lives Matter movement can’t only be about protests. Anti-racism demonstrations that have erupted across the nation have done a fine job of raising awareness about systemic racism in […]

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No More ‘Performative Gestures’: BLM Sacramento Purchases Land to Build Community and Resource Center for Black People

Black Lives Matter Sacramento founder Tanya Faison speaks to reporters about plans for land that the organization purchased with donations from the community.Screenshot: ABC 10 The Black Lives Matter movement can’t only be about protests. Anti-racism demonstrations that have erupted across the nation have done a fine job of raising awareness about systemic racism in […]

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Watch Whiteness Work: A White Man Kills 6 Asian Women, and a White Cop Says He ‘Had a Bad Day’

Screenshot: @nowthisnews (Twitter) It’s already been a heartbreaking and devastatingly unrelenting year of blatant, dehumanizing and violent acts of racism. It’s echoed four years of ever-escalating incidents in the same vein, not to mention centuries of a state of rotten affairs that is as American as apple pie. Advertisement I don’t know about you, but […]

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Meghan Dumped the British Monarchy for Its Racism—the U.K.’s Former Colonies Should Do the Same

Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP (Getty Images) Let’s get the obvious out of the way—we know the British monarchy is a racist institution. The U.K.’s royal family owes most of its riches (which currently amounts to over $28 billion, according to Forbes) to enslaving Africans and colonizing half of the world—including my home country, Jamaica, and, at […]

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Gun Store Owner Orders Customer to leave Store Over ‘Marxist’ and ‘Fascist’ Black Lives Matter Face Mask

Screenshot: @davenewworld_ / Instagram Years ago, I wrote a lengthy essay for the Washington Post in which I explained that I see no value in expending even a drop of energy or emotional/ intellectual labor on arguing with wilfully obtuse white people about systemic racism, Black Lives Matter or literally anything else related to social […]

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Black Lives Matter Says $3 Million Fund for People Struggling From Pandemic Depleted After One Day, Seeks More Donations

Photo: Eugenio Marongiu (Shutterstock) A day after announcing a $3 million fund to support grants to Black people struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) says the fund has been exhausted. On Thursday, in a press release sent to The Root, BLMGNF said it had launched a BLM […]

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Black Lives Matter Global Network Reveals Its Finances Amid Criticism for Lack of Transparency

Photo: trevorwk (Shutterstock) Black Lives Matter is multiple things; it’s a statement, a movement, a network of local organizations and a global network. Like anything that is a lot of things all at once, BLM has seen its share of messaging issues and clashes between activists and organizers with different visions of what the movement […]

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Black Kentucky Police Officer Fired for Sharing Information on Fellow Cops With Black Lives Matter Protest Leader

Photo: trevorwk (Shutterstock) So, this is interesting… A Black police officer in Lexington, Kentucky, was fired after he was accused of leaking information about fellow officers to Black Lives Matter protesters. After a nine-hour hearing, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council announced his firing Friday around 1 a.m. Now, if you’re like me, you’re currently thinking […]

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For Black History Month, Peloton Makes an Artistic—and Antiracist—Statement

Photo: Peloton In case you’d somehow missed it, we’re now in Black History Month—and yes, still in a panny. For most of us, it’s now been almost a year spent largely on lockdown, and we’ve all had to pivot repeatedly to adapt. For some of us, the pivot has been literal; for many fitness enthusiasts, […]

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Florida Cop Fired Over Racism and Support for Capitol Riot…and Because Bigots Never Learn to Delete Their Facebook

Photo: Nick Starichenko (Shutterstock) Here’s a question: Why don’t cops just quit their jobs if they don’t like them? I ask this because in 2021—and after dozens upon ka-gillions of reports have been published about cops, educators, firefighters, government officials and other public servants losing their jobs over bigoted and otherwise disturbing social media content—a […]

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Stamped (For Kids): A New Adaptation of the Bestseller Will Provide ‘an Antiracist Building Block for Children’

Image: Rachelle Baker; designer Karina Granda for Little, Brown & Company for Young Readers It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root “Adults struggle to discuss race and racism. But what if we were discussing race since we were kids? What if we were learning about racism since we were kids?” Advertisement This […]

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Louisville Mayor Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Photo: Jon Cherry (Getty Images) Since Breonna Taylor’s death, Louisville has become one of the focal points in the nation’s ongoing reckoning with its internalized racism, and as a result, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has declared racism a public health crisis. Advertisement WLKY reports that Fischer signed the executive order on […]

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Teacher Simply Acknowledging Black Lives Matter in Lesson Prompts Prolonged, Racist Outrage in Wisconsin Town

In case you, like me, didn’t know there was a Burlington in Wisconsin. Photo: SevenMaps (Shutterstock) White people have continually proven that their response to being asked to not be racist is to simply be more racist. A small town in Wisconsin has been a perfect example of this, as multiple racist incidents have occurred […]

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County Mayor in Florida Proposes Task Force to Fight Systemic Racism

Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness speaks to the news media outside the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Lauderhill, Fla. Vote-by-mail ballots will begin going out to residents in Broward County ThursdayPhoto: Lynne Sladky (AP) The mayor of Florida’s Broward County has proposed a task force that would address issues […]

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Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Over Diversity Training Ban

Photo: Brendan Smialowski (Getty Images) In September, The Root reported that the commander-in-white-fragility that y’all call president ordered all federal agencies to end anti-racism training and any other training that implements critical race theory. Advertisement Well now, Trump’s order against hurting white people’s feelings is facing its first legal challenge as three civil rights groups […]

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‘There Certainly Was an Extremely Black Movement’: Ibram X. Kendi Recounts How Blackness Has Been on Display in 2020

Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D. doesn’t necessarily know of the single Blackest moment so far in 2020. This year’s The Root 100 honoree does, however, recognize 2020 as a time greatly influenced by “an extremely Black movement.” “You have Black folks, you know, all over this country—and really all over the world—who were really showing this […]

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Texas State University Stops Diversity Training Programs After Trump Threatens to Cut Federal Funding

Photo: Travel_with_me (Shutterstock) Nothing says “I’m not racist,” like signing an executive order that threatens to cut federal funding for universities unless they stop diversity training, and y’all already know that’s exactly what the president did. Advertisement The Texas Tribune reports that Texas State University announced it will freeze its diversity training program as it […]

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