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Zack Linly Zack Linly Jan 20, 2020. 3 comments

We Still Kneeling in 2020: Former Teacher of the Year Takes a Knee at Game Attended by Trump

We Still Kneeling in 2020: Former Teacher of the Year Takes a Knee at Game Attended by Trump

I’ve always thought that if, on the fateful day when Colin Kaepernick chose to remain seated during the National Anthem in protest of police violence against black people, the media, zealous patriots, and angry white people, in general, would’ve just ignored him and not made such a big to-do about it, the NFL wouldn’t be plagued with the silent protests that gets their Star-Spangled underoos...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jan 08, 2020. 5 comments

If a Loser Racist Goes on Fox News and Calls You a Loser Racist, Does It Make a Sound?

If a Loser Racist Goes on Fox News and Calls You a Loser Racist, Does It Make a Sound?

Trump’s favorite ingrown toenail, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, took shots at former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who’s currently being whiteballed by the NFL, and Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, because that’s what Lindsey Graham does.

Over the weekend, Kaepernick tweeted that Trump’s attack on one of Iran’s top military officers, Qassem Soleimani, was nothing new since...

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Jan 06, 2020. 17 comments

Colin Calling It: Embattled Football Superstar Under Fire for Tweets About Iran, 'America's Terrorist Attacks'

Colin Calling It: Embattled Football Superstar Under Fire for Tweets About Iran, 'America's Terrorist Attacks'

Damned be the black man that has an opposing opinion.

It’s been pretty well established that some people are always going to have a problem with a black person telling it like it is; especially when it’s Colin Kaepernick, who had the nerve to express his opinion about the impending war President Donald Trump could be inciting with Thursday’s missile strike in Iraq.

On Saturday night, the...

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Dec 31, 2019. 4 comments

Oprah’s Gift Is Her Presence, Storm Has Iridescence and Kaepernick Will Keep You Guessing: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 22

Oprah’s Gift Is Her Presence, Storm Has Iridescence and Kaepernick Will Keep You Guessing: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 22

The best things about Christmas (also Kwanzaa and Hanukkah) heading into New Year’s week are the gifts and the promises. Yes, there is a slew of wonderful viral videos about grandmas crying at Christmas and Instagram thirst trap posts masquerading as New Year’s workout resolutions, but in the end, it’s a week of gifts and promises to be better, more tolerable versions of ourselves.

This is...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 20, 2019. 3 comments

Hypebeasts Rejoice: The Air Force 1 Colin Kapernicks Promise to Be Your Latest Obsession

Hypebeasts Rejoice: The Air Force 1 Colin Kapernicks Promise to Be Your Latest Obsession

With his NFL career on an involuntary extended hiatus, quarterback turned activist Colin Kaepernick has turned his attention towards outside pursuits. He’s helped Nike’s market value skyrocket in addition to taking home an Emmy for their polarizing “Just Do It” campaign, and now Sneaker News reports that the two are joining forces for an Air Force 1 collaboration:

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Dec 14, 2019. 18 comments

Stephen A. Smith’s Ego and Hairline Suffers 2-Inch Setback After Jemele Hill Snatches His Wig on Twitter

Stephen A. Smith’s Ego and Hairline Suffers 2-Inch Setback After Jemele Hill Snatches His Wig on Twitter

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is a black man. He’s had to point this out a lot over the past few months when his black credentials were thoroughly examined after what many believed was a bashing of quarterback-turned-freedom-fighter Colin Kaepernick’s clusterfuck on an NFL tryout.

Smith was called everything but a child of God for his trashing Kap for pulling out of what we now know was a sham of a...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 12, 2019. 5 comments

No More Mr. Nice Guy: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Announces 'We've Moved On' From Colin Kaepernick

No More Mr. Nice Guy: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Announces 'We've Moved On' From Colin Kaepernick

From NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s perspective, he was just trying to help.

He combed through resumes, took note of a former employee who never quite reached his potential, and called him in for an impromptu job interview. Never mind that said employee had been exiled from the company for nearly three years under contentious circumstances—or that he might not even be adequately prepared...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 06, 2019. 14 comments

Wide Receiver Jordan Veasy Signs with the Washington Redskins After Participating in Colin Kaepernick’s Workout

Wide Receiver Jordan Veasy Signs with the Washington Redskins After Participating in Colin Kaepernick’s Workout

While Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout in November has since been proven to be nothing more than a farce, it has been fruitful for one of the players hand-picked to participate.

Here’s the Waiver Colin Kaepernick Was Asked to Sign to Get Back on the NFL’s Plantation

Shortly before the NFL held a sham one-man slave auction combine for Colin Kaepernick, the league…

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Though Kap remains...

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Dec 04, 2019. 1 comments

Look Back At It: The 2010s Were Incredibly Black

Look Back At It: The 2010s Were Incredibly Black

As the world prepares to enter into a new decade, we’d be remiss if we didn’t revel in nostalgia about some of our favorite things from the last ten years. With that idea in mind, some of The Root’s talented (and hilarious) staff decided to share their hot takes on all things black from the 2010s—and what a black decade it was!

Believe it or not, Barack Obama was our president, Patti LaBelle...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 23, 2019. 5 comments

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: I Don't Wanna Be A Race-Baiter No More

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: I Don't Wanna Be A Race-Baiter No More

What happens to a race hustle, deferred?
Does it get whipped
Like a slave in the sun?
Or shot,
Like a slave who tried to run?
Does it splatter, like MLK’s jaw
Or leave a stain on the Audobon Ballroom floor?

Maybe it just sags,
Like a black boy’s jeans...

Or is it just a white man’s dream?

Today, as everyone recovers from The Root 100, they made your friendly neighborhood race hustler wake up early...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 19, 2019. 19 comments

Here’s the Waiver Colin Kaepernick Was Asked to Sign to Get Back on the NFL’s Plantation

Here’s the Waiver Colin Kaepernick Was Asked to Sign to Get Back on the NFL’s Plantation

Shortly before the NFL held a sham one-man slave auction combine for Colin Kaepernick, the league presented the embattled activist and quarterback with a waiver that essentially torched the prospect of Kaepernick participating in the public relations hoax reportedly concocted by Jay-Z, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and NFL owners.

To be clear, this was a publicity stunt.

NFL teams are free to...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Nov 17, 2019. 23 comments

Colin Kaepernick’s Bait & Switch With NFL Sparks Twitter War Between Stephen A. Smith and Eric Reid

Colin Kaepernick’s Bait & Switch With NFL Sparks Twitter War Between Stephen A. Smith and Eric Reid

Who’s zooming who?

Colin Kaepernick’s highly hyped “tryout” event for NFL scouts caused football fanatics to go apeshit yesterday.

On one hand, the modern-day folk hero (who actually sacrificed his professional career in the name of black people killed by police) made a last-minute switch of venue from the Atlanta Falcons compound to Charles Drew High School 60 miles away.

On the other hand,...

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Damon Young Damon Young Nov 15, 2019. 16 comments

The NFL Is Just Not That Into Colin Kaepernick, and This Sham 'Workout' Proves It

The NFL Is Just Not That Into Colin Kaepernick, and This Sham 'Workout' Proves It

While thinking about the nebulous “workout” the NFL recently offered to Colin Kaepernick, I’m reminded of...He’s Just Not That Into You. Which, well, let me explain:

Like most other zeitgeist-driving cultural entities of the early aughts, the general premise of the book and subsequent film He’s Just Not That Into You hasn’t aged well. Back then, however, the idea that women interested in...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 14, 2019. 10 comments

'We Have to Do More': Champion Ally Megan Rapinoe Thanked Kaepernick, Tarana Burke and Black Lives Matter in 'Woman of the Year' Speech

'We Have to Do More': Champion Ally Megan Rapinoe Thanked Kaepernick, Tarana Burke and Black Lives Matter in 'Woman of the Year' Speech

If you follow The Root on a regular basis, you know white women warrant a surprising amount of our coverage. This is not because this is a site for or about white women (quite to the contrary). It’s because some white women’s interactions with and responses to blackness have consistently proven dangerous to the people they encounter; so much so that they have garnered their own verb:...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Nov 14, 2019. 17 comments

Jay-Z Reportedly 'Pushed the Idea' of Colin Kaepernick Workout With NFL

Jay-Z Reportedly 'Pushed the Idea' of Colin Kaepernick Workout With NFL

When the news hit that Colin Kaepernick landed an unprecedented private workout opportunity with the NFL, naturally, some eyes turned toward Jay-Z.

See, if you recall correctly, Jay-Z’s recent music and entertainment management deal with the NFL raised suspicions , as the 49-year-old rapper was a previous outspoken critic of the way the NFL had blackballed the quarterback. Jay was accused of...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 13, 2019. 17 comments

Report: NFL Schedules Workout for Colin Kaepernick

Report: NFL Schedules Workout for Colin Kaepernick

After nearly three years of being whiteballed by the NFL, quarterback, activist and majestic 3C-Afro rocker Colin Kaepernick will reportedly audition for a roster spot at a workout arranged by the National Football League.

Organized by former coaches and NFL combine personnel, the NFL has invited representatives from all 32 league teams to a one-man scouting combine in Atlanta on Saturday. ...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Oct 03, 2019. 14 comments

This Is My Third Season Not Watching the NFL. Here's How My Life Has Changed Since I Stopped

This Is My Third Season Not Watching the NFL. Here's How My Life Has Changed Since I Stopped

Back in 2017, I decided to give up watching NFL games for various reasons. Chief among them was that I didn’t like how the NFL was treating Colin Kaepernick in the wake of his nonviolent protests against police brutality and the (what appeared to me to be clear) collusion among team owners to keep him out of the league. Similarly, I didn’t like how the NFL continually committed itself to...

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Genetta M. Adams Genetta M. Adams Sep 26, 2019. 2 comments

Countdown to The Root 100: Before We Reveal the Full List and Who’s No. 1, Let’s Recognize the Top Honorees in Politics, Media and Community

Countdown to The Root 100: Before We Reveal the Full List and Who’s No. 1, Let’s Recognize the Top Honorees in Politics, Media and Community

This is it—the last preview before we reveal the full list and who is No. 1 for the 10th anniversary of The Root 100!

For this special anniversary of The Root 100, we wanted to do something a little different this year by offering a sneak peek of the honorees before we announce the fully ranked list.

If you missed the earlier preview of the top honorees in arts, entertainment and sports, you...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Sep 24, 2019. 7 comments

Olympics to Finally Give Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos Their Props by Inducting Them Into Hall of Fame

Olympics to Finally Give Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos Their Props by Inducting Them Into Hall of Fame

Decades before Colin Kaepernick was taking a knee on the football gridiron to protest racial injustice, Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos were raising a fist on the winners’ stand at the 1968 Olympics. Much like Kaepernick, Smith and Carlos were expelled for their actions. Now, it looks like the Olympics is prepared to issue a mea culpa of sorts.

On Nov. 1, a little more than 51...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Sep 17, 2019. 9 comments

Colin Kapernick Nabs Emmy For Controversial Nike Ad

Colin Kapernick Nabs Emmy For Controversial Nike Ad

Nike took a major gamble aligning its brand with exiled quarterback Colin Kapernick—and on Sunday, their risk yielded what most would’ve never expected: an Emmy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nike’s controversial “Dream Crazy” ad featuring the former NFL star won for Outstanding Commercial at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The controversial two-minute ad debuted during the...

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