Tag: social issues

A Respectability Rumble of Hotep-tly Hostile Proportions Is Brewing. Ashiness Expected to Follow

Dr.Umar, left; Kevin SamuelsScreenshot: YouTube/The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 / YouTube/Kevin Samuels Before we begin please join me, my kings and kweens in a word of prayer: First, giving honor to Black Jesus, who is the head of my life. Secondly, Black Jesus, I’d like to say thank you for giving me the divine feminine […]

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Democratic Lawmaker and Former Black Panther Proposes Bill to Release FBI COINTELPRO Records, Including Details on Fred Hampton

In this Oct. 29, 1969, file photo, Fred Hampton, center, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther party, speaks outside a rally outside the U.S. Courthouse in Chicago while Dr. Benjamin Spock, background, listens. “The First Rainbow Coalition,” a new PBS documentary, is exploring a little-known movement in 1960s Chicago that brought together blacks, Latinos, and […]

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Federal Judge Reverses CDC’s Eviction Moratorium, Putting Millions at Risk of Losing Their Home

Photo: meandering images (Shutterstock) While increased vaccination availability has provided some light at the end of the tunnel with regard to the coronavirus, there are millions of Americans who are still dealing with the financial ramifications of the pandemic. In a move set to impact some of the most vulnerable in our country, a federal […]

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Family Member of Robert E. Lee Joins Fight to Have Confederate Statue Removed

The sun rises behind the Robert E. Lee statue, where streets are closed ahead of expected protests in Richmond, Virginia on January 17, 2021. – Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Photo: Ryan M. Kelly (Getty […]

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In an Attempt to Prove Why Critical Race Theory Shouldn’t Be Taught in Schools, Tennessee Lawmaker Falsely Claims Three-Fifths Compromise Was to End Slavery

Tenn. Rep. Justin LaffertyScreenshot: Youtube/CNN These new discussions about whether or how systemic racism and slavery should be taught in school are proving one thing unequivocally: Republicans don’t know shit about systemic racism or slavery. Advertisement During a debate Tuesday in the GOP-controlled Tennessee House of Representatives over Bill HB0580, which would prohibit critical race […]

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Florida KK-Karen Arrested for Hurling Whopper and Racial Slurs at Burger King Employee

Judith Anne BlackPhoto: Sumter County Sheriff’s Office A lot of white people are racist. Some white people are so racist that they look for any excuse to show their bigotry off. Last week, an elderly KK-Karen showed her hateful ass at a Burger King in Florida when she reportedly threw a Whopper in an employee’s […]

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‘Motherhood Is Activism’: How One Black Mom Is Using Her Platform to Normalize Conversations About Social Justice Issues With Children

“People are moving away from the colorblind theory of, ‘It’s OK, we all get along. We don’t see color’ or ‘I want to protect my kids until they’re old enough to understand.’ Parents are really starting to get behind the idea that it’s never too early.” —Traci Baxley, Ed.D., Educator and Belonging Advocate Traci Baxley, […]

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‘Slaves Loved Their Master’ and More Dumbass Comments From a QAnon Loving, Trump-Voting Republican

Image: Generic Image (Shutterstock) Apparently, there is a “Woman’s Republican Club of New Orleans” and the president of the organization happens to be a woman named Martha Huckabay. Advertisement Well, it turns out that Lady Huckabay is a goddamn idiot who believes that there is some good in slavery like the myth that some white […]

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Black Parents Say Remote Learning Gives Them And Their Kids Relief From Racism

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) There are a lot of news reports going around that Black kids are not enrolling in in-person learning at the same rate as white children, but there is one benefit to Black kids learning from home: They don’t have to deal with racist teachers or schools. Advertisement Well, at least not in […]

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Racist Fire Chief Who Swore He’s Totally Not Racist Has Resigned Due to Backlash From Racist Facebook Post

Photo: Eyes of the ace (Shutterstock) As awful as Facebook is, it has single-handedly put more racists out of work than any other social media site. Last week, a volunteer fire chief in South Carolina landed in hot water after making a blatantly racist Facebook post that he swore wasn’t racist. Evidently, the backlash was […]

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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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Race Was Discussed in a Missouri School District. White Tears Followed

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Given how many tears and anguished faces filled the room during a recent “community conversation” in Eureka, Mo., last week, you’d think someone had died tragically. Naw, it wasn’t really that deep. Just a bunch of white parents complaining about their kids learning about racism and how they feel hurt by the […]

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Black Man Who Was Forced to Work Without Pay by White Boss Should Get $546,000 in Compensation, Court Rules

Bobby Paul Edwards; John Christopher SmithPhoto: J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Screenshot: WPDE This may be one of the most horrific stories that The Root has ever reported. For 23 years, Bobby Paul Edwards, who owned the J&J Cafeteria in Conway, South Carolina, enslaved John Christopher Smith, an intellectually disabled Black man who Edwards beat […]

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Students at Arizona High School Disciplined After Reenacting George Floyd’s Murder

Shannon Haynes talks to her son Ronald Haynes, 9, about George Floyd in front of a memorial following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty today on all three charges he faced in the death of Floyd last May.Photo: Nathan […]

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Mitch McConnell Urges Education Secretary to Bar The 1619 Project From Federal Grant Programs Because White Fragility is a Helluva Drug

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—the guy Kentucky senator whose face always looks like it’s melting off of something—is continuing the Republican war on Blackness in education after joining fellow members of the white nationalist circle-jerk party in urging Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to help them ban Critical Race Theory into […]

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California Woman Charged With Hate Crime, Accused of Racially Harassing Black Delivery Driver

Screenshot: KRON 4 In today’s episode of White People Are Addicted to Thinking They’re in Charge of Shit, a white woman in Berkeley, Calif., went after a Black Amazon driver for allegedly speeding and ended up charged with a hate crime. And of course, a story like this wouldn’t be complete without free use of […]

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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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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Says ‘There is Not Systemic Racism in America’, but He Also Declared April ‘Confederate Heritage Month,’ So…

Photo: Mandel Ngan (Getty Images) Every now and then I choose a story to write up, not because I think the story is particularly important in and of itself, but because it provides me with an opportunity to make a point. I’d like to thank Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves—who recently declared on Fox Noose that […]

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‘This Movement Is a Place for You’: Fatima Goss Graves on Creating Space for Black Survivors With We, As Ourselves

Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of National Women’s Law CenterImage: We, As Ourselves As Black History Month segued into Women’s History Month this year, a new platform emerged, centered solely on the vulnerable intersection of those two identities: We, As Ourselves was launched to center Black female and femme survivors of sexual violence and […]

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‘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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It Has Been a Week, So Please Enjoy This Palate-Cleansing Homage to Black Excellence From Zendaya and Law Roach

Zendaya speaks onstage during ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Randy Shropshire for ESSENCE (Getty Images) Y’all, we have missed so much this past year—family reunions, brunches, concerts, the Met Gala, casual hookups (if you’re into that kinda thing—no judgments). I’ve now celebrated two birthdays in this damned panorama, so […]

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Ma’Khia Bryant’s Death Highlights Racial Disparities In Policing Shootings

Children carry a sign at a Black Lives Matter protest as it makes it’s way through downtown in response to the police shooting of MaKhia Bryant on April 21, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. The 16-year-old Black girl was shot and killed by police who had been called to the scene of a disturbance. (Photo by […]

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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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South Dakota High School Cancels 40-Year Tradition of Annual Event That Includes…Wait for It…a ‘Slave/Branding Auction’

Photo: Ingo70 (Shutterstock) I used to argue that the Dakotas didn’t actually exist because I’d never met anyone from North or South Dakota, and I just kind of ignored the existence of Mount Rushmore because IDGAF about sculptures of white men who enslaved and/or didn’t care about Black people. But now, I’m thinking I don’t […]

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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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The Racist Former President Just Called LeBron James a Racist

Photo: Kevin C. Cox (Getty Images) LeBron James isn’t like other former mega stars who allowed their fame to keep them from talking about difficult issues. He understands the power he holds, and as such, he uses his platform to shed light on issues that plague the Black community. Accordingly, James has been vocal about […]

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‘You Can’t Be Pro-Black and Anti-LGBTQIA+’: The Root Presents It’s Lit! Talks The Prophets With Robert Jones Jr.

Illustration: Angelica Alzona, Photo: Alberto Vargas (RainRiver Images) It’s Lit!It’s Lit!Where all things literary live at The Root In a country where Black lives are consistently under threat, it is in some ways understandable that many of us are weary of revisiting America’s original sin, chattel slavery. The legacy of that painful history remains so […]

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Unarmed Black Man Shot 10 Times by Sheriff’s Deputy Who Gave Him a Ride Home

Photo: Jaromir Chalabala (Shutterstock) Neither Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict nor the unending wave of anti-police violence protests that have taken place in America has put an end to police shootings of Black people. In fact, not only are the shootings still happening, but they’re getting more bizarre. On Wednesday, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, a Black […]

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Bubba Wallace Welcomes Fans Into His Garage With New Netflix Docuseries

Photo: Chris Graythen (Getty Images) Being the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top racing series comes with more than its fair share of trials and tribulations. Advertisement In the last year alone, we’ve seen Bubba Wallace succeed in his quest to get Confederate flags banned from the sport and face subsequent backlash, endure the infamous […]

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