Tag: race and crime in the united states

‘We Only Have One Colored in Our Town’: Court Rules Michigan Bar Can be Sued by Beaten Black Man After No One Called Police

Photo: Kondor83 (Shutterstock) A lot of white people would have us believe we live in a post-racial America. They’ll tell you that it’s actually the narrative around systemic racism that is dividing this country because they’re too obtuse and cowardly to deal with the truth—that this nation has always been divided, and for good reason […]

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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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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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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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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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Black Teen Fatally Shot by Tennessee Police. Initial Reports Says He Shot Officer, Later Says Bullet Did Not Come From Teen’s Gun

Photo: Bennian (Shutterstock) Right now is a difficult time for Black America. Last summer, we saw a massive wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the nation and an equally massive spotlight on systemic racism in policing—we called it a racial awakening. Advertisement Then, in the midst of a nationally televised trial over the Black […]

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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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Black Former Cop Who Stopped White Police Officer From Choking Black Man to Get Her Pension After Winning Lawsuit

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A Black former police officer in the Buffalo Police Department who was fired in 2008 after she stopped a white cop from choking a Black man two years earlier will get her pension after winning her lawsuit Tuesday, according to the New York Times. Advertisement Cariol Horne was fired a year before […]

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Maybe America Is Racist

Photo: Jervis06 (Shutterstock) A few years ago, while covering a story on Republican New Hampshire legislator Werner Horn, I summoned the best and brightest scholars that America had to offer. Horn, who represents his 95.9 percent white hometown in his state’s House of Representatives, confounded people who actually know things by stating that “owning slaves […]

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Why the Virginia Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed the Black Lieutenant Is Just Now Losing His Job

Fired officer Joe Gutierrez shown here being a real piece of shit.Screenshot: YouTube White America is exhausting. Their racism is maddening. Their reasonings, their faux outrage, their hatred for Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling, their complacency for Derek Chauvin’s knee to the neck of a Black man. And I keep getting caught up in it. We all […]

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Private Facebook Group for Cops Reveals Hateful and Racist Messages. Quick, Everyone! Act Surprised!

Real talk, are racists the only ones who use Facebook anymore? Photo: JaysonPhotography (Shutterstock) Considering how police officers have shown they have no problem being blatantly racist in public Facebook posts, it should come as no surprise that a private Facebook group for Pennsylvania cops was found to be filled with racist, transphobic, and just […]

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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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Blue Lives Only Matter When They Are Killing Black People

Black Lives Matter protestors raise their fists in front of a “Blue Lives Matter” flag during an anti-mask right-wing protest “Stand For America Against Terrorists and Tyrants” at State Capitol on July 18, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: JEFF DEAN/AFP (Getty Images) The headline for this story is really the gotdamn point. Always. Every time […]

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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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3 Black Men Released From New York Prison After 24 Years. Judge Determined That Prosecutors Withheld Evidence of Their Innocence

Photo: MikeDotta (Shutterstock) It seems like not more than a few weeks ever passes before The Root covers another story about wrongly convicted Black men being released from prison after spending years and even decades behind bars for crimes they did not commit due to the wilful negligence and indifference of law enforcement and courts. In 1996, […]

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BLM Responds to Demand From Mike Brown Sr. and Ferguson Organizer for $20 Million to the Site of 2014 Uprisings

hael Brown Sr. (C-front) leads a march from the location where his son Michael Brown Jr. was shot and killed following a memorial service marking the anniversary of his death on August 9, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) The management and distribution of funds held by the Black Lives Matter Global […]

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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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Las Vegas Police Say They Fatally Shot BLM Protester After He Raised Rifle. Video Appears to Show Something Different

Photo: Jonathan Weiss (Shutterstock) As a news reporter, my rule of thumb is that the media shouldn’t take police accounts of incidents at face value. Law enforcement officers have every reason to lie just as the civilians they police do, and I’ve covered too many stories where video footage contradicted what officers said happened in […]

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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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Video Shows Louisiana Cop Apparently Placing Black Child in Chokehold

Screenshot: Twitter (Other) An investigation has been launched by the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana after a video released shows one its officers apparently holding a 13-year-old Black child in a chokehold. According to NBC News, officers were responding to a call about a disturbance last Sunday. Baton Rouge police Chief Murphy Paul told […]

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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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Minnesota Police Orgs Suggest Some Cops May Not Do Their Jobs During Derek Chauvin Trial Due to ‘Demonization’ of Police

A person holds a sign of George Floyd during a demonstration on August 17, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Community members came together for a rally to protest the city’s potential forceful reopening 38th Street and Chicago Ave, an unofficial autonomous zone known as George Floyd Square. Photo: Brandon Bell (Getty Images) Here’s a question: Are […]

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Black Lives Matter Nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP (Getty Images) The Black Lives Matter movement, which has proven itself a defining force for human rights advocacy in our time, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination was made by a Norwegian member of Parliament, Petter Eide, according to the Guardian. Three Black women—Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors, and […]

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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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