Tag: states of the united states

NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Puts on for HBCUs With a Little Help From FedEx’s Shaping Black Futures Initiative

Denny Hamlin, FedEx Connect to Support HBCUs G/O Media may get a commission “FedEx has been supporting (HBCUs) for 20 years,” Robinson says. “All the scholarships and all the things that they have been doing—endowed scholarships they’ve done at Jackson State University—have been very, very helpful. The continuing support continues to upgrade that education for […]

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4 Florida Teachers Die From COVID-19 in 24 Hours and the Stupid-Ass Governor Is Still Banning Mask Mandates in Schools

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Is Still Banning Mask Mandates in Schools Despite 4 Teachers Dying From COVID In July, DeSantis, the president of the Trump fan club called “Hey, Daddy Am I Doing It Right?,” issued an executive order banning mask mandates for Florida public schools despite cases of COVID-19 rising among children. Advertisement More […]

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COVIDiots: Florida Governor Wants to Withhold Salary of Any School Leader Who Requires Masks; Meanwhile, Texas Governor Is Begging for Help With COVID Outbreak

What’s scary to me is the fact that both governors will hold onto this dangerous stance, even if the death tolls rises astronomically in both states. Like, there’s no point in wishing and hoping that something tragic enough happens because both governors won’t make those necessary changes.

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Reps. Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley Sleep Outside the U.S. Capitol to Protest End of Pandemic Eviction Freeze

According to CBS News, the trio’s decision to camp out in front of the Capitol came after Bush sent out a letter to her colleagues in Congress urging them not to leave for August recess until the moratorium was extended and recalling her own experiences with homelessness. “I have been evicted three times myself. I […]

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Texas Senate Passes Bill to Remove Required Lessons on Civil Rights Movements from Public School Curriculums

Photo: CrackerClips Stock Media (Shutterstock) Public schools in Texas are one step closer to no longer being required to teach about various American civil rights movements in social studies classes. Advertisement Bloomberg reports that on Friday, the state Senate voted 18-4 to pass Senate Bill 3, which drops requirements for teachers to include lessons on Cesar Chavez, […]

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Michelle Obama Set to Make First Public Appearance Since the Pandemic

Michelle Obama on stage of the Royal Arena in Copenhagen on April 9, 2019 during a tour to promote her memoir “Becoming”.Photo: Martin Sylvest / Ritzau Scanpix for AFP (Getty Images) Michelle Obama will be making her first in-person appearance soon! People reports that the former First Lady (forever in my head, if you ask […]

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Ted Cruz Criticizes Texas Democrats for Walkout. Texas Democrats Respond: ‘I Know You Ain’t Talking.’

Ted Cruz trying to remember all the times he’s embarrassed himself. He lost count after taking off his shoes and realizing he didn’t have enough appendages. Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) recently criticized Texas state Democrats for leaving the state to protest efforts by the state GOP to pass restrictive […]

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Texas Governor Goes Full Karen, Threatens to Arrest House Democrats Who Fled the State to Fight for Voting Rights

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a border security briefing with sheriffs from border communities at the Texas State Capitol on July 10 in Austin, Texas.Photo: Tamir Kalifa (Getty Images) Democratic lawmakers in Texas are not here for the fuckshit. While Gov. Greg Abbott is trying to push voting restrictions in the Lone Star State, […]

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Cornel West Posts Scathing Resignation Letter to Harvard Dean

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Cornel West is tired. We don’t usually get to see what happens to superheroes once they get old. Imagine fighting racism every day just to do your job. Imagine waking up and being one of the smartest Black men in America and your job still won’t recognize this. Imagine Harvard […]

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Mike Pompeo Says It’s ‘Dangerous’ to Teach the Nation’s Founding Was ‘Flawed.’ Mike Pompeo Is All Conservatives

Photo: Joshua Roberts (Getty Images) Anyone who actually possesses the ability to think critically can see that all of this Republican anti-Critical Race Theory nonsense amounts to nothing more than a propaganda campaign to promote jingoism, protect white people’s feelings and obfuscate any and all references to slavery and racism in the telling of American […]

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Fragile Republican Pressures Texas Museum to Withdraw From Book Event Examining Slavery’s Role in the Battle of Alamo

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks after Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020.Photo: Lynda M. Gonzalez (Getty Images) At this point, we really don’t need more evidence that conservatives are […]

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10 of 17 Diversity and Inclusion Council Members Quit After NH Gov. Chris Sununu Signs Bill Restricting, Well, Diversity and Inclusion

Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) Imagine being a governor who is so staunchly against teaching diversity and inclusion that you forget you have a diversity and inclusion council and sign legislation that causes more than half of said council’s members to bounce on your ass. Advertisement Such is the case for Republican New Hampshire Gov. […]

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Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Florida Mandate to Survey College Students’ Views…Because He’s Worried About ‘Indoctrination’

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Listen: You can either complain about student “indoctrination,” or you can monitor the thoughts and views of students through government decree—unless you’re Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in which case, your own hypocrisy is your greatest weapon and you can do both. Advertisement DeSantis hates Critical Race Theory—but that’s not what […]

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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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South Dakota Is the Last State That Doesn’t Have a Law Officially Recognizing Juneteenth as a Holiday

KEYSTONE, SD – OCTOBER 01: A tourist takes a picture of Mount Rushmore National Memorial from outside the park on October 1, 2013 in Keystone, South Dakota.Image: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Happy Juneteenth, y’all. While 49 states and–as of Thursday–the federal government now recognize today as an annual holiday or day of observance in an […]

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Juneteenth Is More Than a Federal Holiday. We Need Reparations Now

People participate in a march in Brooklyn for both Black Lives Matter and to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth on June 19, 2020 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) Although it’s great to see Juneteenth recognized as a federal holiday, it needs to be more than just a paid day off. […]

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Hundreds Gather to Protest Sen. Joe Manchin for Being Sen. Joe Manchin

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) When Republicans talk about reaching across the aisle, they are usually referring to working with Sen. Joe Manchin. The West Virginia Democrat claims to be a moderate, which is just another way of saying that he doesn’t really fuck with Democrats, which is why hundreds gathered on Monday to protest […]

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The Grave of a Former Slave Turned Florida State Senator May Be Buried Under What’s Now A Tampa Parking Lot

Robert MeachamPhoto: State Library and Archives of Florida (Public Domain) Robert Meacham, who became a Florida state senator after being freed from slavery, is one of more than 1,200 people buried at a site that is now believed to be a parking lot for the Italian Club Cemetery in Tampa, Fla. Advertisement According to the […]

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs ‘1836 Project’ Bill Promoting Texas History. Critics Fear it Will Whitewash Slavery…Because Duh

Photo: Montinique Monroe (Getty Images) Do y’all remember when the guy who used to leave orange spray-tan booty juice all over the Oval Office furniture established “The 1776 Commission” to counter Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning work The 1619 Project? Well, President Joe Biden shut that racist ass shit down pretty much as soon as he […]

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Civil Rights Leaders Meet With Sen. Joe Manchin In Hopes That He’ll Be Less Racist

Photo: Michael Swensen (Getty Images) It’s one thing to uphold white supremacy and another to pen a whole ass op-ed as to why you won’t be voting for a bill that ensures that Black folks have access to voting. Advertisement See, white supremacy is the spoiled kid who has all the toys, and if white […]

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4 National Parks That Reflect Our History and Culture

Photo: Harriett Tubman National Historical Park (Shutterstock) The United States is a country that boasts a famously diverse expanse of terrain, with spectacular natural wonders like canyons, mountains, forests and prairies dotting the landscape. Unfortunately, very few African Americans explore the country’s wilderness through the U.S. national park system. According to the National Park Service […]

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Derek Chauvin Wants Probation for Murder. First I Was Like, ‘What America Does He Live In?’ Then I Was Like, ‘Oh Yeah’

In this April 19, 2021, file image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, speak to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill after the judge has put the trial into the hands of the jury’ in the trial of Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George […]

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Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Transgender Sports Ban on the First Day of LGBTQ Pride Month

Gov. Ron DeAssholePhoto: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Archangel Gabriel was throwing his first cookout at his new house, and he invited everyone. God was nervous when he walked into Gabe’s house because while he saw mounds of raw chicken, he didn’t see much seasoning. God noticed deviled eggs with no orange sprinkles on top. He […]

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On the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher Reflects on the City’s Journey to Justice

Tulsa race massacre survivors Viola Fletcher, left, and Lessie Benningfield Randle, right, listen during a rally marking centennial commemorations of a two-day assault by armed white men on Tulsa’s prosperous Black community of Greenwood, Friday, May 28, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. Photo: Sue Ogrocki (AP) On September 16, 2016, Dr. Tiffany Crutcher suffered an unspeakable […]

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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Oh, the Caucasity!

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. Welcome back to another edition of the Clapback Mailbag. Every Thursday, The Root holds a team meeting where we decide which emails, tweets, DMs and […]

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‘They Could Say Whatever They Wanted’: Michelle Obama’s Secret Service Couldn’t Protect Her From Racist ‘Hecklers’

Former First Lady Michelle Obama talks to the audience at the Reach Higher Initiative Beating the Odds Summit to support first-generation college-bound students on June 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.Photo: Shannon Finney If you thought the onslaught of racist vitriol directed at former first lady Michelle Obama was difficult to read and hear about, imagine […]

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Black Farmers Call a Letter Sent by Banks to the USDA Warning Against Debt Forgiveness a Threat

Photo: Michael M. Santiago (Getty Images) It shouldn’t come as a surprise that, as with most things in this country, the farming industry hasn’t exactly been welcoming to Black people throughout the entirety of this country’s modern history. In an effort to rectify the injustices Black farmers have had to endure, the $1.9 trillion COVID […]

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