Tag: social issues

Amid Ongoing Sexual Assault Lawsuits, 10 Women File Police Complaints Against Deshaun Watson

Photo: Kelvin Kuo (Getty Images) With training camp set to begin, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson would love nothing more than to return to the field as he prepares for the upcoming NFL season. But with the disturbing number of sexual assault accusations that were levied against him in March still unresolved, not only is […]

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Is Our Haircare Endangering Us? A New Study Compounds Fears About Relaxers and Breast Cancer

Photo: NeonShot (Shutterstock) After a profound surge in both natural hairstyles and hair culture over the last decade—not to mention the introduction of the CROWN Act as slowly but steadily growing legislation across the United States—it may surprise some that there is still vigorous debate between self-avowed “naturalistas” and those who choose to chemically straighten […]

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I Said What I Said: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Defends Decision to Grant Exclusive Interviews to Journalists of Color

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Listen, Lori Lightfoot is a lot of things. She is the first openly gay, African-American woman to serve as Chicago’s 56th mayor. She is the first mayor to show up to a press conference dressed as “Rona Destroyer.” And she was the first political official to tell kids to stay […]

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R. Kelly’s Attorney Claims Additional Sexual Abuse Allegations Involving Male Minor Are a ‘Pile On’ Effort

R. Kelly covers his mouth as he speaks to members of his entourage as he arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building for a hearing on June 26, 2019. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Content warning: The following article contains allegations involving the sexual abuse of a minor. Advertisement Robert “R.” Kelly’s defense team is […]

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Arizona Sen. Wendy Rogers Says She Likes Confederates but Doesn’t Like ‘Traitors Who Hate America.’ So Here’s the Thing…

Arizona Sen. Wendy RogersScreenshot: True News White conservatives have made it abundantly clear they have no interest in students learning the true history of America. They have also made it abundantly clear they need to learn this shit more than anyone else. Advertisement Meet Arizona Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers. We often claim that white […]

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White Parents Oppose Michigan School Board’s Anti-Racism Resolution Prompted by White Student’s Snapchat Slave Auction

Photo: maroke (Shutterstock) White people have always followed a very basic playbook when it comes to ducking discussions and accountability for racism. It’s simple: They deny racism is happening, claim adamantly that they were raised not to see color and characterize any undeniable instances of racism as isolated incidents. Now, the gods of white fragility […]

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White Parents in Oppose Michigan School Board’s Anti-Racism Resolution Prompted by White Student’s Snapchat Slave Auction

Photo: maroke (Shutterstock) White people have always followed a very basic playbook when it comes to ducking discussions and accountability for racism. It’s simple: They deny racism is happening, claim adamantly that they were raised not to see color and characterize any undeniable instances of racism as isolated incidents. Now, the gods of white fragility […]

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Former White House Doctor Thinks Biden’s Going to Resign: ‘There’s Something Seriously Going on With This Man Right Now’

Photo: SAUL LOEB (Getty Images) Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), the whitest man with the blackest name, the phony physician who used to claim that President Trump was the most fit president in the history of America, believes that President Biden is suffering from limited cognitive abilities and will resign. Advertisement Apparently Biden, aka Weekend at […]

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‘The Epitome of White Privilege’: White Woman Who Spit on Black Protester Might Have Hate Crime Charge Dropped

Screenshot: News 8 On Jan. 6—the same day as the whiny wypipo rebellion at the U.S. Capitol—Black woman Keren Prescott was leading a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Connecticut Capitol building when she told an “all lives matter”-spewing white woman, Yuliya Gilshteyn, to “back up,” because she wasn’t wearing a face mask. Gilshteyn wasn’t […]

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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Believe

Illustration: Oscar Bustamante/ The Root, G-O Media Lift Every White Voice: The National Clapback Anthem Lift every white voice and whineTell Black folks what’s on your mindWhine with the harmonies of caucasityLet white tears pour from their eyesUntil white privilege diesLet them sob and moan with white fragility White people be racist as fuck because […]

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Tennessee Finally Removes Bust of KKK Leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from Capitol

Photo: Mark Humphrey (AP) Know how I know America is cool with racism? Politicians in Tennessee thought that putting a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first grand wizard of the KKK, in the state Capitol was a good idea in 1978. It only took them over 40 years to finally realize that having a […]

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Black Woman Traveling With 4-Year-Old White Adoptive Sister Reported as Possible Child Trafficker by Frontier Airlines

Photo: Tada Images (Shutterstock) Boooooy, when I tell you being Black in America means never knowing which mundane and routine thing you are doing will cause you to look suspicious to someone. Advertisement At the moment some rando happens upon you and decides something doesn’t look right, you might be taking a walk around your […]

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Fragile White Man Goes on Racist Rant While Announcing a Race in Iowa

Photo: Alexander Kirch (Shutterstock) White people can’t seem to do anything these days without getting in their feelings about how the world is changing. For some reason, a race announcer in Iowa decided to go on a racist rant against Black people and NFL players who kneel before a race last week. Advertisement According to […]

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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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‘Tone it Down, Bitch. You’re Going to Get Yourself Murdered’ and Other Threatening Messages Sent to Rep. Cori Bush

Photo: Megan Varner (Getty Images) Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) put racists on notice that she’s not going to be intimated by threats, misspellings, or heavy use of the N-word to stop her from doing her job. Advertisement On Thursday, Bush had time and decided to share some of the endearing messages she’s received from her […]

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Tucker Carlson Calls Black Capitol Police Officer an ‘Angry Left-Wing Activist’ for Speaking on Racism of Insurrectionists

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Is it just me, or do conservative affirmations always seem to come with some kind of caveat? Advertisement “Support the troops”—unless those troops are military-feminizing women or Critical Race Theory advocates. “Respect the flag”—unless you want to wear it as a onesie even though U.S. code explicitly calls it disrespectful, […]

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Alaska Assistant Attorney General Outed as User of Bigoted White Extremist Twitter Account: Report

Photo: Sattalat Phukkum (Shutterstock) The chief corrections counsel for Alaska’s attorney general is now the subject of an investigation by the state’s department of law after researchers found he allegedly operated a secret right-wing Twitter account that he used to spread anti-Jewish propaganda, denounce the Black Lives Matter movement, whine about anti-whiteness and be bigoted […]

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#ChangeFashion: Joan Smalls Partners With Color of Change and the Black in Fashion Council to Refashion Race in the Industry

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain (Getty Images) “[There’s] a point where you get frustrated, where you give your body, mind, and time to an industry and you feel like, ‘Can you now support us, we’ve been the pioneers of your creativity, of your artistry, and of your inspiration so give us the platform and the voice […]

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#ChangeFashion: Joan Smalls Partners With Color of Change and the Black in Fashion Council to Refashion Race the Industry

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain (Getty Images) “[There’s] a point where you get frustrated, where you give your body, mind, and time to an industry and you feel like, ‘Can you now support us, we’ve been the pioneers of your creativity, of your artistry, and of your inspiration so give us the platform and the voice […]

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White Alabama Councilman Urged to Resign After ‘Do We Have a House N-Word Here?’ Remark

Screenshot: Bama Politics/ YouTube Sooner or later, white people are going to have to learn there is no context in which their use of the n-word is anything less than inappropriate and racist. It doesn’t matter what form of the word they use, if they used it while telling a story in which it was […]

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Black Defendant Granted New Trial After NYC Judge Expresses His Contempt for ‘This Black Thing’

Photo: Everything Possible (Shutterstock) White people prove time and time again they are far too fragile and wrapped up in privilege and denial to even consider the possibility that race played a part in the way a thing unfolded. Advertisement Now, when it comes to dealing with white people who have no direct power over […]

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New Texas Bill Drops Requirements for Educators to Teach That White Supremacy, the KKK and Eugenics Were ‘Morally Wrong’

Photo: Drazen Zigic (Shutterstock) Last week, The Root reported that the Texas state Senate voted 18-4 to pass Senate Bill 3—another white fragility bill masquerading as anti-Critical Race Theory legislation. The GOP in Texas—which is fast becoming the sanctuary state where terrible and oppressive laws go to thrive—wants to ditch requirements for teachers to teach […]

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Joshua Jackson Says Jodie Turner-Smith’s Home Birth Was Due to U.S. Healthcare’s ‘Horrendous Track Record With Black Women’

Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner Smith pose on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards on February 2, 2020.Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP (Getty Images) There are nuances and challenges to navigate in every marriage—and certainly in every pregnancy. But as actor Joshua Jackson (The Affair, Little Fires Everywhere) recently […]

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Missouri Invite-Only Critical Race Theory Hearing Takes Place Without a Single Black Voice Being Heard

Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Getty Images) On Monday, a Missouri legislative committee held an invite-only hearing on Critical Race Theory and how the state’s educators should teach racism in K-12 schools. The committee is now under heavy criticism for excluding an enormously important element needed to have any critical and productive discussion on the subject of […]

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Dr. Ian Smith Claims He Was Fired After Attempts to Combat Racial Discrimination on The Doctors, Files Complaint

Dr. Ian Smith attends JCPenney and Michael Strahan’s launch of Collection by Michael Strahan on September 30, 2015.Photo: Bryan Bedder (Getty Images) Dr. Ian Smith has filed an “unlawful discrimination” complaint against ViacomCBS and Dr. Phil’s Stage 29 Productions in relation to being fired as sole host of the CBS show The Doctors. Smith, who […]

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Black Virginia PTA Leader Asked to Resign After ‘Let Them Die’ Comment, Says It Wasn’t Directed Towards Critical Race Theory Protesters

Michelle Leete speaking to a crowd outside a Fairfax County School Board meeting. Screenshot: Twitter Republicans are just soooo oversensitive these days. They storm school board meetings, post vitriolic rants on Facebook, and generally act like a 2-year-old who had their favorite toy taken away whenever the topic of critical race theory (CRT) is brought […]

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Ben Carson Writes Anti-Critical Race Theory Fan Fiction for Fox Snooze and Calls It an Op-Ed

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Black conservatives really only exist to parrot narratives for white conservatives. They almost never have an original thought of their own, so they willingly sit on the hands of Republican puppeteers and serve as their “Black friends” who will tow their […]

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White People vs. Everybody

Supporters react as former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas on July 11, 2021Photo: Andy Jacobsohn (Getty Images) Although the National Football League claims to have 32 franchises—all those logos, mascots and jerseys really mean nothing. When it comes down to it, there are only two […]

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Democrats Propose Bill to Rename More Than 1,000 Landmarks With Racist Names—Not That America Is Racist or Anything

Photo: Checubus (Shutterstock) On Friday, congressional Democrats introduced a bill to rename forests, streams, lakes, mountain peaks and other landmarks in the country that include offensive language such as racial slurs for Black people, Mexicans and Native Americans. That’s right, good people: The totally non-white supremacist nation which is absolutely not founded on racism is […]

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