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Apr 30, 2020. 1 comments

Octavia Spencer Donates Respirators to Hospitals in Alabama and New York

Octavia Spencer Donates Respirators to Hospitals in Alabama and New York

Octavia Spencer is doing her part to make sure lives are being saved amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The Oscar-winning actress is reportedly donating respiratory monitors to hospitals in her home state of Alabama and the epicenter of the illness, New York.

“Seeing what is happening in the communities that I love, I have teamed up with @Mikucare to donate monitors to nursing and medical...

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Apr 21, 2020. 3 comments

Coronavirus Infected 9 People in One Black Family. 3 Died. They Still Have Trouble Getting Tested

Coronavirus Infected 9 People in One Black Family. 3 Died. They Still Have Trouble Getting Tested

First, it came for his son.

Tyrone Posey says his wife, 51-year-old Phacethia Posey, began researching coronavirus as soon as the deadly disease started making the headlines. It became more urgent when their son, Tyrone Posey Jr. became the first member of the family to contract the invisible pathogen that would eventually kill three family members in a span of three days, according to the

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Mar 28, 2020. 12 comments

‘A Dangerous Gamble’: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Refuses to Order ‘Shelter-in-Place’ for Residents, Leaving Black Alabamans Especially at Risk

‘A Dangerous Gamble’: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Refuses to Order ‘Shelter-in-Place’ for Residents, Leaving Black Alabamans Especially at Risk

It looks like

Nathaniel Woods isn’t the only person Gov. Kay Ivey is willing to put to death.

The Republican governor announced during a press conference on Thursday that the state would not be enacting “shelter-in-place” measures, which have been shown in other countries to mitigate the disastrous effects of the coronavirus.

From Talking Points Memo:

“Y’all, we are not Louisiana, we are not...

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Mar 14, 2020. 13 comments

Nathaniel Woods' Sister Confronts Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey: 'You Killed My Brother'

Nathaniel Woods' Sister Confronts Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey: 'You Killed My Brother'

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey expected to answer questions about 2020 Census on Thursday. Instead, she was confronted by the Pamela Woods, the sister of Nathaniel Woods, who was executed by the state on March 5 for the murder of three police officers.

Video from WAFF TV shows Woods calmly walking up to the governor as Ivey was answering a question for a reporter.

“You killed my brother,” she said....

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Mar 12, 2020. 11 comments

'This Ain’t Nothing But Racism': Alabama Lawmaker Goes Off on GOP Confederate Monument Protection Law

'This Ain’t Nothing But Racism': Alabama Lawmaker Goes Off on GOP Confederate Monument Protection Law

The Alabama state Senate postponed a vote on a bill designed to preserve and protect the history and culture of white supremacy after a black state senator pulled out a noose to remind GOP lawmakers of the racial terrorism committed by Confederate traitors.

State Sen. Rodger Smitherman represents Birmingham, Ala., America’s third-blackest city. In 2017, much to the dismay of people who own the...

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Mar 07, 2020. 15 comments

The Spectacular Assassination of Nathaniel Woods

The Spectacular Assassination of Nathaniel Woods
Assassinate: 1. to kill someone by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons or to injure or destroy unexpectedly and treacherously.

We can be almost sure that there is someone in America’s past who has been wrongfully executed. The law is not infallible. But Nathaniel Woods’ case is different. The state of Alabama and everyone involved in his death knew he didn’t kill Carlos Owen,...

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Mar 04, 2020. 2 comments

MLK III Advocates for Nathaniel Woods, Asks Alabama Governor to Halt His Execution

MLK III Advocates for Nathaniel Woods, Asks Alabama Governor to Halt His Execution

The American criminal justice system has no shortage of people who were convicted under questionable if not completely wrong circumstances. Nathaniel Woods is one of those people and the consequences could soon prove fatal.

According to ABC News, Martin Luther King III has made a plea to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to stop the execution of Woods that’s scheduled for Thursday. Woods was convicted in...

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Feb 26, 2020.

Alabama Prepares to Execute Man Found Responsible for Murdering 3 Police Officers—Without Pulling a Single Trigger

Alabama Prepares to Execute Man Found Responsible for Murdering 3 Police Officers—Without Pulling a Single Trigger

If all goes to plan, Alabama will execute Nathaniel Woods next week, a black man convicted in 2004 of murdering three officers at a dope house in Birmingham, making him the first prisoner executed in the state this year.

The thing is, Woods didn’t pull the trigger, a fact not disputed by the prosecution or Woods’ defense. But that doesn’t matter in Alabama, where accomplices to murder can not...

Feb 25, 2020. 15 comments

The Furious Fight for Alabama’s Senate Seat Is Crazier and More Racist Than Ever

The Furious Fight for Alabama’s Senate Seat Is Crazier and More Racist Than Ever

In Alabama’s 2018 special elections,

black women saved their state from sending an alleged teenage dating connoisseur to the U.S Senate. Instead, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) won the empty seat vacated by former MAGA Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, whose voting record is just as racist as his name.

This time won’t be that easy.

Alabama’s finest negro-hating nitwits have lined up...

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Feb 13, 2020. 21 comments

Alabama Lawmakers Want to Force One of America's Blackest Cities to Celebrate White Supremacy

Alabama Lawmakers Want to Force One of America's Blackest Cities to Celebrate White Supremacy

The mayor of the city with one of the highest percentages of black residents in America spoke out on Tuesday against legislation that compels the city to celebrate its Confederate heritage even though—and this part is absolutely bonkers—the city doesn’t have one.

Birmingham, Ala., is 72 percent black, making it the fourth-blackest municipality in America with more than 100,000 residents,...

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Feb 05, 2020.

Welcome Home: $50 Million Amistad Paintings Returned to HBCU Talladega College

Welcome Home: $50 Million Amistad Paintings Returned to HBCU Talladega College

Talladega College, an Alabama-based historically black college, will be the new home for a collection of paintings that recount the story of the Amistad slave ship mutiny.

ABC News reports that the murals, valued at approximately $50 million, were originally commissioned by the school in 1938 and painted by artist Hale Woodruff. For nearly 70 years, they were on display in the campus library...

Jan 26, 2020. 2 comments

Deathstreaming: U.S. Army Vet Whose Son Was Killed on Facebook Live Says ‘Violence Has to Stop’

Deathstreaming: U.S. Army Vet Whose Son Was Killed on Facebook Live Says ‘Violence Has to Stop’

Could you imagine how it feels to have served in the military and then work a quarter of a century for the Department of Corrections to learn one day that your son has been murdered while broadcasting on social media—of all places?

That is what happened to Roosevelt Rankins, Sr., whose 34-year old namesake was murdered while streaming on Facebook Live on Thursday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala.

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 28, 2019. 9 comments

Judge Orders Alabama City to Pay $850,000 in Legal Fees for School Segregation Plot Gone Wrong

Judge Orders Alabama City to Pay $850,000 in Legal Fees for School Segregation Plot Gone Wrong

Gardendale, Ala., is an interesting place.

I’ll allow The Root Senior Writer Michael Harriot to do the honor of explaining why that is, at least in part, as previously reported

here :

A judge told a mostly white suburb near one of the blackest cities in the country that—after reviewing all of the facts—she believed the town’s request to separate itself was motivated by race. She stressed that...

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Nov 29, 2019. 15 comments

Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Confederate Monument Law

Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Confederate Monument Law

On Wednesday, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the city of Birmingham violated Alabama’s monument protection law when it placed a plywood screen around a Confederate monument in a downtown park on August 18, 2017.

According to NPR, the 9-0 ruling by Alabama’s high court reversed a ruling by the lower Jefferson Circuit Court that was favorable to the city in January.

In that...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 26, 2019. 19 comments

Jury Convicts White Cop for Killing Unarmed Black Man

Jury Convicts White Cop for Killing Unarmed Black Man

Although the heinous 2016 police shooting only garnered marginal national attention, eight judges refused to try the case. The trial venue was changed from a majority-black city to a rural, mostly white county…in Alabama. The defendant was a white cop who shot and killed a black man...in Alabama. Still, in less than two hours of deliberation, a majority-white jury convicted the officer for...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 26, 2019. 18 comments

Beloved Alabama Sheriff Killed While Confronting White Teenager About Loud Music

Beloved Alabama Sheriff Killed While Confronting White Teenager About Loud Music

“You heard ‘bout Big John?”

In 2018, I ventured to Alabama’s Black Belt to see how a hookworm epidemic only found in Third World countries had made its way to Lowndes County, Ala. While searching for someone who knew the community and its residents, everyone I spoke with pointed me in the direction of the beloved well-respected sheriff. He suggested that I meet him at the “filling station”...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 20, 2019. 14 comments

Everyone Knows Why Inmates Are Dying in Alabama Prisons. No One Knows How to Fix It

Everyone Knows Why Inmates Are Dying in Alabama Prisons. No One Knows How to Fix It

Alabama runs the most violent prison system in America. Inmates in Alabama’s prisons are killed at nearly nine times the national rate. Families have been devastated. The state doesn’t seem to have answers. A study by a criminal justice and civil rights organization concluded that money won’t fix it. Even Donald Trump’s Justice Department called the southern state’s correction system...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Nov 08, 2019. 15 comments

Trump Is Reportedly Heading Down to Alabama to Watch the Footballs. They Need to Boo Him Down There, Too

Trump Is Reportedly Heading Down to Alabama to Watch the Footballs. They Need to Boo Him Down There, Too

In what seems to be an ongoing quest to not get booed at a major sporting event, Donald Trump will head down to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday to watch the Crimson Tide face off against its SEC rival and the current top-ranked college football program in the country, Louisiana State University.

Shortly after Trump’s trip down to Bryant-Denny stadium was reported, Alabama’s Student Government...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Nov 08, 2019. 7 comments

A Short and Not-at-All Exhaustive List of Things Alabamians Should Vote for That Are Not Jeff Sessions

A Short and Not-at-All Exhaustive List of Things Alabamians Should Vote for That Are Not Jeff Sessions

It is with the utmost disrespect that my heart can muster that I say this: Jeff Sessions has the tenacity of the world’s most stalwart, racist cockroach.

The 72-year-old former attorney general, who Coretta Scott King famously argued was too racist to be a federal judge, is expected to announce today that he is running for his old Alabama senate seat. Donald Trump, apparently, is not a fan of...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Oct 29, 2019. 20 comments

#WorkingOutWhileBlack: Alabama Cops Kill Man in Front of Wife and Daughter After Someone Calls Cops on Them for Not Committing a Crime

#WorkingOutWhileBlack: Alabama Cops Kill Man in Front of Wife and Daughter After Someone Calls Cops on Them for Not Committing a Crime

Five Alabama police officers are on leave and one man is dead after the deceased man’s family reportedly witnessed cops shoot him at a local gym.

AL.com reports that two police officers shot and killed 39-year-old Dana Sherrod Fletcher outside of Planet Fitness in Madison, Ala., around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Police say they shot Fletcher after Madison County police officers responded to a...

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