Tag: human behavior

The Root Institute 2021: Tarana Burke’s New Memoir Unbound Retraces the Birth of a Movement

The Root Institute 2021: Tarana Burke’s New Memoir Retraces the Birth of a Movement Advertisement As Burke shares with us in her second appearance in The Root Institute, excavating her own path was cathartic; but like all of her work, it is also intended to provide a path for others seeking a way a through […]

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If ‘I Can’t Take Ya’ll Nowhere’ Was a Person, It’d be Gillie Da Kid Getting an Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty During Jackson State Game

Gillie Da Kid Gets Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty During Jackson State Game But once the Orange Blossom Classic kicked off, Gillie’s signature exuberance would actually impact the game itself. In the first quarter, a JSU defender snagged a would-be pick-six and sprinted toward the red zone for the touchdown. However, right next to him on the […]

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A Woman of Color Is the Least Likely to Receive Mentorship. How Can We Unlock Her Potential?

As reported by The Root last October, even a small commitment can make a tremendous impact. “Created for women of color of all ages, Unlock Her Potential grants each of its chosen mentees one hour per month with a top professional in their chosen field, for an entire year, absolutely free.” G/O Media may get […]

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Aurora, Colo., Cop Faces Felony Charges, Accused of Beating Black Man With Pistol and Choking Him in Violent Arrest

From the Post: Haubert and Martinez were dispatched at 2:16 p.m. Friday on a report of a person trespassing in the 3100 block of South Parker Road and contacted three people who were sitting on a nearby curb, the affidavits state. After Martinez learned that the three people had felony warrants, the officers tried to […]

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An Alleged Sexual Predator Gets to Compete at the Olympics While Sha’Carri Richardson Is Stuck Watching From Home. Make It Make Sense

Photo: Patrick Smith (Getty Images) If there was ever a time that I wish I didn’t have complimentary courtside seats to white male privilege, it was on Saturday when Buzzfeed introduced me to a guy named Alen Hadzic. Advertisement Hadzic, an Olympic fencer, should be living his best life after securing a spot as an […]

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White Man Arrested on Hate Crime Charge for Allegedly Punching and Hurling Racial Slurs at Black Chicago Teen With Autism

Philipp T. JordtPhoto: Cook County Department of Corrections White rage continues to boil over with bigoted energy putting Black people who are trying their damndest to mind their own business in contentious and often dangerous positions. In the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, a white man has been charged with a hate crime and […]

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The City-Dweller’s Guide To The Outdoors

(This is part one of a two-part series where writer Christina Blacken takes the Ford Bronco Sport to Chicago’s surrounding wilderness). My ancestors ooze in my bones. DNA is a walking imprint of what’s happened before us, etching genetic mutations into our cells that nod to the joy, triumphs, traumas, and adaptions of the past. […]

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Florida Man Attempts to Have Ex-Girlfriend and Her Relatives Killed, Tries to Blame Black Lives Matter for the Crimes, Feds Say

Photo: Anton27 (Shutterstock) Did any of y’all watch the show Sons of Anarchy? I loved the show and have watched the entire series multiple times. One thing that always struck me (I mean, besides the realization that white writers can’t write Black dialog for shit) was all the times the mostly white biker gang committed […]

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Jury Awards Black Woman in Virginia $300,000 After Being Injured by Police Officer During Traffic Stop

Photo: Grindstone Media Group (Shutterstock) Time and time again it’s been proven that police violence isn’t only blatantly fucked up, it’s incredibly expensive for taxpayers, as well. A Black woman in Virginia was awarded $300,000 by a jury after being injured by a police officer during a 2015 traffic stop. Advertisement According to the Associated […]

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Mount Laurel Racist Faces New Weapons, Drug and Stalking Charges

Edward Cagney MathewsPhoto: Mount Laurel Police Department Edward Cagney Mathews has been having a rough go of it ever since a viral video showed him harassing a Black resident with racial slurs while asserting his right to be wherever he wants to be besides wherever Humpty Dumpty-ass white men go to mind their own damn […]

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Knoxville Cop Gets Knocked Unconscious After Making Racist Comments to Black Wedding Attendee

Photo: Catherine77 (Shutterstock) Late last month, an off-duty Knoxville, Tenn., police officer reportedly committed an act of police brutality against himself when he repeatedly made racist comments to a Black wedding attendee—causing said attendee’s Black fist to KNOCK HIM TF OUT! Now, the Knoxville Police Department says the officer and incident are under investigation. Advertisement […]

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Michigan School District Absolves Employee of Bias in Cutting Biracial Child’s Hair

Photo: Donnapa Pongdee (Shutterstock) An incident that a representative from the National Parents Union equated to a “modern day scalping”—or at the very least, a violation of a young child’s bodily autonomy—has been dismissed as a misfiring of “good intentions.” That is, according to officials from Michigan’s Mount Pleasant Public Schools. Advertisement As The Root […]

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Phylicia Rashad Apologizes to Howard Students and Parents for ‘Insensitive’ Cosby Tweet

Actress Phylicia Rashad attends the “Belief” New York premiere at TheTimesCenter on October 14, 2015 in New York City. Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) Days after jumping out the entire window and celebrating the overturning of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Twitter, Phylicia Rashad has offered her “most sincere apology” to the students and […]

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‘Those Narratives Are So Powerful’: The Root Presents: It’s Lit! Learns How the Word Is Passed With Clint Smith

Photo: Carletta Girma, Illustration: Angelica Alzona It has been over 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of what would become the United States of America—but as both our past and present have proven, its legacy remains writ large upon virtually every aspect of American life. Our cities, our schools, our […]

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Bill Cosby Celebrates Technicality-Based Prison Release; Howard University and Janet Hubert Respond to Phylicia Rashad

Bill Cosby speaks to reporters outside of his home on June 30, 2021; Phylicia Rashad attends the premiere of Tyler Perry’s “A Fall From Grace” at Metrograph on January 13, 2020; Janet Hubert on PopViewers.Photo: Michael Abbott (Getty Images), Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images), Screenshot: PopViewers/YouTube (Getty Images) Content Warning: The following article contains information that […]

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An Iowa County Once Named for a Slave-Owning Vice President is Now Named After a Trailblazing Black Woman

Iowa City, Iowa, April 13, 2019, The Old Capitol building landmarkPhoto: IN Dancing Light (Shutterstock) Another slave owner’s legacy took an L this week after officials in Johnson County, Iowa unanimously decided to rename the county after Lulu Merle Johnson– a long-time academic who was the first Black woman to earn a doctorate from the […]

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Virginia School Board Meeting Disrupted by Critical Race Theory Protesters Ends in Fights and Arrests

Screenshot: @gabriellaborder/ Twitter One thing about Republicans: They know how to get their people all riled up over a lie. Advertisement Because that’s all this anti-Critical Race Theory hoopla is, right? It’s just the GOP realizing it has to keep its base energized, and now that said base’s rust-colored cult leader is out of office, […]

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Feds Launch Investigation Into Potential Pattern of Racist Abuses by Louisiana State Police

Photo: Andriy Blokhin (Shutterstock) Body camera footage was leaked last month showing the brutal, fatal beating of Ronald Greene by Louisiana State Police officers. Now, two years after the incident originally took place, the attorney for Greene’s family says federal investigators have launched an investigation into a potential pattern of racism in the department. Advertisement […]

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Dignity and Pride: The Relevant and Important Backstory of ‘The Dap’

It is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever a Black person does something, it’s usually cool and changes the world. Just look at TikTok. Or “Gen Z slang.” And, oh yeah, pretty much everything else. Even a simple handshake in the literal hands of Black folks becomes a vessel for flyness, authenticity and cultural solidarity. […]

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Jury Convicts Former St. Louis Police Officer in Beating of Black Undercover Cop

Photo: 4kclips (Shutterstock) It’s been nearly four years since three St. Louis police officers were accused of brutally beating a Black undercover officer during a protest taking place over former police officer Jason Stockley being acquitted of murder in the killing of Anthony Lamar in 2017. Last Thursday, one of those officers was found guilty of […]

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Video Shows Montreal Police Officers Kneeling on the Neck and Back of a Black Teenager

A Montreal police vehicle in 2019Photo: Sebastien St-John (Getty Images) Police in Montreal are investigating after video captured two white officers kneeling on the neck and lower back of a Black teen during a June 10 incident. Advertisement The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the video, which is less than two minutes long, doesn’t show […]

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Senator Who Once Voted Against Making Juneteenth a National Holiday Gets Booed at Juneteenth Event

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) participates in a Senate Foreign relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing from us government officials on the situation in Ukraine.Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) If you solely look at Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s tweets about his […]

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NC Plantation Cancels Juneteenth Event Where ‘Massa’ Would Have Waxed Poetic About the Confederacy

The Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, North CarolinaPhoto: https://www.lattaplantation.org The Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, N.C., recently advertised a Juneteenth event that aimed to tell the stories of “white refugees,” Confederate soldiers who were sad about losing the Civil War and freed slaves living “high on the hog”—all from the perspective of an unemployed slave […]

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Fox News Blocks the Blue, Refuses to Air Ad Featuring Police Officers Condemning Capitol Riot

Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Getty Images) Fox News, the outlet that has perhaps been most instrumental in orchestrating the Back the Blue campaign, refused to air an ad that featured Capitol police officers criticizing the Republican politicians who have tried to downplay the events of Jan. 6. Advertisement According to Newsweek, the minute-long ad featured multiple […]

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Nevada Passes Law Banning Racist School Mascots and *Checks Notes* ‘Sundown Town’ Sirens…in 2021

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks at the 23rd Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Tuesday, at South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The summit is a gathering of federal, state and local leaders to discuss the restoration and the sustainability of Lake Tahoe. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli (AP) Here’s a question: If America isn’t and never […]

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Surprising No One Black, Resurfaced Documents Confirm ‘Coloured Immigrants or Foreigners’ Were Once Banned From Clerical Roles in Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in a picture released on December 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.Photo: John Stillwell – WPA Pool Remember that time that “palace aides” went on the offensive against Meghan Markle, alleging that the Duchess of Sussex had bullied them just ahead of her and […]

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How We Do: The Root Ushers in Wedding Season

Photo: Rawpixel.com (Shutterstock) Memorial Day is many things: a national holiday of remembrance; a date that this year coincides with a much-needed remembrance of a national tragedy; the unofficial start of summer; and the so-called official day we can all start wearing white again—well, at least until Labor Day. (The latter being an arbitrary and […]

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The Hell Is Wrong With Y’all?

Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook is restrained by security after a fan throws popcorn on him.Screenshot: @Sportscenter Who raised y’all? No, seriously. On Wednesday night, Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook was minding his Black-ass business while trying to avoid another embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers—SPOILER WARNING: he failed—when this happened with […]

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SC Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Shooting Into Homes of Black and Hispanic Neighbors and Wounding Black Man

Mandy Morrow FortsonPhoto: Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office Maybe there needs to be a white supremacist offender registry so that Black people and people of color can find out if their neighbors happen to be armed and dangerous neo-Nazis who will hunt them down, even while they are in the confines of their homes. Advertisement On […]

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