Tag: Black Lives Matter

California School District Apologizes for Planning ‘Support Circle for White Students’ Amid Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

Photo: Matej Kastelic (Shutterstock) Have you ever come across a story that you know you’re supposed to be upset and offended by, but it’s just so damn hilarious that you forget to be disgusted? Advertisement School officials in Piedmont, Calif., are apologizing for their plans to organize a “support circle for white students” who might […]

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In Defense of Liberal Conspirators

Born in 1857, Darrow defended countless workers and organizers from conspiracy charges over his career, inspired, in part, by the famous Haymarket trial, a miscarriage of justice that saw eight anarchists charged with conspiracy and seven sentenced to death for an explosion at a small rally (a pardon would be issued in time to save […]

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America’s Gonna America: Atlanta Cop Who Was Fired for Fatally Shooting Rayshard Brooks Has Been Reinstated

Photo: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office (AP) To me, the saddest part of the Derek Chauvin verdict was that it felt, and continues to feel, like such an anomaly. It is incredibly hard to hold cops accountable for their actions because America agreed a long time ago that brutality and murder are OK as long you […]

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NJ Cop Fired Over Facebook Post Calling Black Lives Matter Demonstrators ‘Terrorists’

NewsOne Featured Video Officials in New Jersey terminated a white officer after she publicly lamented about the Black Lives Matter movement at the height of injustice demonstrations relating to police brutality in 2020. Last week the Hopewell Township accepted the resignation of Officer Sara Erwin after unanimously voting in agreement. “Last night as I left […]

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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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Funeral Held for Andrew Brown Jr., Black Man Who Was Fatally Shot by Police in North Carolina

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) It feels like we’ve been trapped in a never-ending cycle of grief. Even as we felt palpable relief seeing Derek Chauvin be found guilty for the murder of George Floyd, we were immediately reminded that the cycle of police violence doesn’t take a break. Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and […]

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Oklahoma Republican Compared Black Lives Matter to KKK and He’s Just as Wrong as the Million Other White People Who Have Done the Same

Photo: Mark Reinstein (Shutterstock) We really need to talk about how basic white conservatives are when it comes to making an argument. That they are racist white nationalists is a given, but what really gets me is the fact that when it comes to thinking critically, they possess all of the depth of an inflatable […]

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Travon Free And Martin Desmond Roe Talk About Police Violence And Their Oscar-Winning Short ‘Two Distant Strangers’

Last night, Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe won the Oscar for their short film, Two Distant Strangers. Among other things, the movie is perhaps the most bleak-yet-realistic-feeling time loop movie ever made. A loop in which Carter, played by rapper Joey Badass, tries any number of ways to keep from getting murdered by a […]

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Tennessee Police Officers Won’t be Charged in Shooting Death of Black Teen After Release of Body-Cam Footage

Screenshot: ABC 9 The Knox County District Attorney’s Office has released police body camera footage and other details regarding the shooting death of 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr. at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, Tenn., and it has been determined that the officers involved in the shooting will not face criminal charges. It’s an […]

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The Right to Crash Cars Into People

Earlier this week, Florida Republicans enacted a law they claimed would prevent riots in the state. Its real purpose, of course, was to discourage protesting and punish demonstrators. One of the bill’s provisions has received a fair amount of national attention, as it seems to give Floridians permission to attack protesters with their cars. The […]

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George Floyd Mural in Houston Defaced With Racial Slurs Shortly After Chauvin Verdict

The Houston mural some sad person felt the need to vandalize.Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) Apparently, it was a hard week for the worst kind of white people. Clearly they thought the trial of Derek Chauvin was going to end differently, because a mural of George Floyd in Houston was defaced with a racial slur. […]

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White Army Drill Sergeant Arrested in South Carolina for Refusing to Leave Store During ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’ Rant

John Walter MilesPhoto: Sumter Police Department I’m just going to go ahead and confess something right now: I really enjoy watching angry white people lose their shit over the “racism” of Black Lives Matter. Advertisement They don’t understand the movement because they view the world through a very white lens, and they want desperately to […]

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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Maybe America Isn’t Racist

Illustration: Oscar Bustamante Clapback MailbagEach Friday, we select the best (or worst) emails, tweets, DMs and comments from our readers and respond to them in the The Root’s Clapback Mailbag. Michael Harriot is on assignment this week. Before he left, he asked someone to fill in for today’s mailbag but everyone on staff was really […]

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North Carolina Deputy Fatally Shoots Black Man While Serving Warrant

Photo: Gerry Broome (AP) A Black man in North Carolina was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy who was delivering a warrant. In other words, it’s a Thursday in America. Advertisement According to ABC News, a man identified as Andrew Brown Jr., was fatally shot by a deputy from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office on […]

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What We Know About the Columbus Cop Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant

Columbus police released the name of the officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant as well as more body camera footage and audio from 911 calls on Wednesday, as the investigation into the shooting continues.  “I wish to hell it hadn’t happened,” Columbus interim chief of police Michael Woods said at a Wednesday press […]

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How You Can Honor George Floyd’s Life With Real Police Reform, Explained

Photo: Stephen Maturen (Getty Images) A jury found Derek Chauvin guilty. He is going to jail. Whether or not convicting one man can effect change in the way Black and brown communities are policed is yet to be seen. However, using the momentum of this tragedy to transform the culture of policing does not depend […]

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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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Alicia Garza Discusses Leaving Black Lives Matter, the Complications of Balancing Activism and Branding on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) One thing is for sure, two things are for certain: Spotify’s Jemele Hill Is Unbothered isn’t always what we expect, but it’s always a treat. Advertisement On the latest episode, the award-winning journalist chops it up with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, who dishes on her new book, The […]

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Oakland Experiments With Directing Some 911 Calls to Community Responders

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Across the country, people suffering from mental health crises often find themselves confronted with an armed police officer instead of a mental health professional who is better suited to support them. Oakland City Council is set to approve a pilot program in which 911 operators can direct trained civilians to handle mental […]

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Tucker Carlson Lost It After Derek Chauvin Was Found Guilty

Tucker Carlson called George Floyd protests an “attack on civilization” on his Fox News show. (Photo: Twitter) As most of the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief that ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson wore his disappointment on his sleeve. During his Tuesday night […]

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For Once, a Cop Did Not Get Away With Murder. Activists Want to Ensure It Is No Longer a Rarity

Porsche Queen Miller (center) and others march through the streets after the verdict was announced for Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021 in Atlanta.Photo: Megan Varner (Getty Images) Tuesday, Black people celebrated the conviction of Derek Chauvin as jubilantly as they’d rejoice in their favorite sports team winning a championship. They know they are the […]

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George Floyd Can’t Breathe, But At Least the Las Vegas Raiders Can

Screenshot: Las Vegas Raiders Integrity comes at a steep price; you don’t become a billionaire by being morally sound. Diddy can’t even drive his kids to school without somebody reminding him that he robbed every artist on Bad Boy, and I would imagine that NFL ownership—where individual net worths can soar as high as $13 […]

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What Looks Like Justice Is Just Accountability on an Ordinary Day

Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images) Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges for the murder of George Floyd. Black people rejoiced in the moments after the verdicts were announced because we had been holding our collective breath all morning, afraid to hope for a guilty verdict and expecting Chauvin to walk. Advertisement Chauvin didn’t […]

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Police Officer Shoots and Kills 16-Year-Old Ma’Khia Bryant, Body Camera Footage Released

Police body camera footage shows the moments before an officer shot and killed Ma’Khia BryantScreenshot: NBC4 Columbus (YouTube) A police officer in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant late Tuesday afternoon, around the same time the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd was being read. Advertisement Because if […]

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The Former Head Of The Hollywood Foreign Press Has Been Booted From The Golden Globes Organization For Sending A Very Racist Email

What does it take to be ousted from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? As Phil Berk, a 44-year veteran member and former president of the organization responsible for the Golden Globes, found out this week: a racist email will do it. On Sunday, Berk sent an email to several of his fellow HFPA members in […]

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Justice, I Guess.

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) On May 25, 2020, George Perry Floyd, was alive. On that day, and every day prior to that day, George Floyd walked and talked and prayed and fell in love and – again, I cannot stress this enough – most of all, he was alive. Advertisement Then he wasn’t. When […]

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Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty Of All 3 Counts in the Murder of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin’s trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd.Image: Court TV-Pool (AP) After over 10 hours of deliberation across 2 days, a jury has unanimously found former Minneapolis police officer […]

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Former President of HFPA Reportedly Called BLM a ‘Racist Hate Movement’

Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019.Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision, File (AP) As you may know by now, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which conducts the annual Golden Globe Awards, has had to do some extra public relations fixing in the past few […]

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Nextdoor Knows Its Users Are Racist

On Monday, Nextdoor announced that it is introducing a new “anti-racism” notification that will prompt users to consider editing comments that could be offensive before posting. “The new anti-racism notification detects certain phrases such as “All Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter,” and prompts the author to consider editing their post or comment before it […]

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Florida ‘Anti-Rioting’ Law Will Make It Much Easier to Run Over Protesters With Cars

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference on March 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) As of Monday in Florida, a gathering of three or more people can be labeled a “riot”—and if they’re blocking the road and you feel frightened, it’s generally OK to run them over with […]

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Colorado Judge Resigns After Repeatedly Using N-Word, Told Black Colleagues That ‘All Lives Matter’

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Catherine McQueen / Getty A Colorado judge resigned after she exhibited problematic, racist behavior during her time on the bench. According to The Washington Post, the Supreme Court of Colorado asked former Judge Natalie T. Chase to resign on Friday after censuring her. A report released by the court found she […]

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