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Feb 14, 2020 at 08:00. 11 comments

Court Says "Ha, You Thought" and Reverses $2.5M Settlement to Protect Confederate Monument

Court Says "Ha, You Thought" and Reverses $2.5M Settlement to Protect Confederate Monument

You know, quite often these days the news is just sad and anger-inducing. Tonight though, I’m happy to bring you a story that just warms my little heart.

CNN reports that a state court in North Carolina has reversed a ruling that would’ve provided $2.5 million in funds from the University of North Carolina to the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The money would’ve...

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Feb 13, 2020. 3 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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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Nov 12, 2019. 17 comments

North Carolina Formally Recognizes 1898 Racial Massacre as a ‘Coup’ With New Historic Marker

North Carolina Formally Recognizes 1898 Racial Massacre as a ‘Coup’ With New Historic Marker

The historic port city of Wilmington, N.C., is finally recognizing one of the most consequential moments in its history—a white supremacist-led insurrection—for what it was: a coup.

Officials installed a new highway marker in the city’s downtown that details the 1898 “Wilmington Coup,” the only successful coup d’état in American history. The marker sits just feet away from the Wilmington Light...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Sep 25, 2019. 21 comments

He’s Just a Good Ol’ Boy: Fired Michigan Cop’s Excuse for Having a KKK Application in His Home

He’s Just a Good Ol’ Boy: Fired Michigan Cop’s Excuse for Having a KKK Application in His Home

If you grew up during the ’80s when The Dukes of Hazzard ruled the TV airwaves, then you’re probably familiar with the opening lines from its Waylon Jennings-penned theme song: “Just’a good ol’ boys, Never meaning no harm ...”

And that, in a nutshell, is the excuse being offered up by a Michigan cop fired after the discovery in his home of an extensive collection of haute racist memorabilia,...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 04, 2019. 24 comments

Contractor Shows Up at Black Couple’s House With Confederate Flag, Shockingly Gets Fired: ‘I Didn’t Know the Flag Offended, Y’all’

Contractor Shows Up at Black Couple’s House With Confederate Flag, Shockingly Gets Fired: ‘I Didn’t Know the Flag Offended, Y’all’

In my 38 years of life, I’ve owned Tonka Trucks, college degrees and poor credit, but a golf cart sounds like an unexpected headache waiting to happen.

To that end, Yahoo reports that ATLiens Allison and Zeke Brown got the surprise of their lives when a contractor they hired to fix the brakes on their golf cart pulled into their driveway, all smiles, with a big ass Confederate flag waving at...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif May 29, 2019. 10 comments

And Water Is Wet: Study Shows Whites From Former Slave States More Likely to Be Biased Against Blacks

And Water Is Wet: Study Shows Whites From Former Slave States More Likely to Be Biased Against Blacks

So, in news that will likely come as no surprise to anyone many, a new study has found that when it comes to racism and racial bias felt by whites toward blacks, it’s more a matter of nurture than nature, with whites from the South—the U.S. region that was most dependent on slavery—more likely to feel biased toward blacks.

The Pacific Standard reports that research led by the University of...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 20, 2019. 12 comments

For the 2nd Year in a Row, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Wants No Parts of Tribute to Confederate Superhero Robert E. Lee

For the 2nd Year in a Row, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Wants No Parts of Tribute to Confederate Superhero Robert E. Lee

For the second year in a row, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax left the dais in silent protest while Virginia state senators honored Confederate superhero Gen. Robert E. Lee.

What makes Lee a superhero?

He ardently “defended a system of human bondage in which more than three million souls were denied the most basic liberties”. He was a well-documented traitor and terrorist, who just so happened to be...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 16, 2019. 17 comments

UNC Chancellor Departs as Last Remnants of Confederate Statue Come Tumbling Down

UNC Chancellor Departs as Last Remnants of Confederate Statue Come Tumbling Down

Mere hours after University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol C. Folt announced her plans to resign, the last vestiges of the campus’ controversial Confederate statue were removed by school officials and placed in a “secure location,” according to the university.

According to CNN, the statue’s base and commemorative plaques were removed either late Monday or early Tuesday. The outgoing...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Oct 13, 2018. 21 comments

Civil War Professor Donald Trump Tells Rally Crowd: 'Robert E. Lee Was a Great General'

Civil War Professor Donald Trump Tells Rally Crowd: 'Robert E. Lee Was a Great General'

Donald Trump is a man of many trash talents.

Proud purveyor of gold potties, grand assessor of IQ’s, unquestioned king of dragging bits of toilet paper stuck to his shoe onto Air Force One, it also turns out Trump is a quite the Civil War enthusiast.

Trump flexed his history chops at a campaign rally in Ohio on Friday night, during which he called Confederate leader Robert E. Lee “a great...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jul 31, 2018. 22 comments

Will Austin, Texas Get a New Name? A Local Report on Confederate Monuments Suggests Renaming City

Will Austin, Texas Get a New Name? A Local Report on Confederate Monuments Suggests Renaming City

Stephen F. Austin, known also as the “father of Texas” is often credited with carving out the early outlines of Texas, so perhaps it is apt that the capital of the Lone Star state is named after him.

Except, hold that thought.

Or at least that’s what Austin’s Equity Office wants you to do after a report by the office about existing Confederate monuments pointed out that Austin (the person) was...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jun 02, 2018. 1 comments

Officials in Lexington, Ky., Approve Plan to Move Confederate Monuments From Outside Former Courthouse

Officials in Lexington, Ky., Approve Plan to Move Confederate Monuments From Outside Former Courthouse

Officials in Lexington, Ky., have cast their vote on the push to relocate two Confederate statues from outside a former courthouse that is being converted into a visitors center.

According to CBS News, the proposal to move the two statues that were erected to honor Confederate officers John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge was unanimously approved by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards May 30, 2018.

‘White Lives Matter’ Group Protests Outside Houston NAACP 

‘White Lives Matter’ Group Protests Outside Houston NAACP 

About 20 members of a “White Lives Matter” group protested outside the NAACP in Houston's 3rd Ward Sunday, calling out what they said was the civil rights organization’s failure to speak out against pro-black organizations like Black Lives Matter, SFGate reports.

"We came out here to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like...

Damon Young Damon Young Apr 25, 2018. 24 comments

Of Course HBO Greenlit "Confederate" Because White Guys Get Funding For Every Idea (Even Bad Ones)

Of Course HBO Greenlit "Confederate" Because White Guys Get Funding For Every Idea (Even Bad Ones)

Confederate — the upcoming HBO series from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss that rewrites history to depict an America where the Confederate states successfully seceded — might actually end up being a good show. I don't have much faith that it actually will be. This series is a re-imagining of America's relationship with race, racism, slavery, class, and how each...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Feb 26, 2018. 17 comments

A South Carolina Woman Swore She’d Die Before She Took Down Her Confederate Flag ... and Then She Had a Heart Attack

A South Carolina Woman Swore She’d Die Before She Took Down Her Confederate Flag ... and Then She Had a Heart Attack

Annie Caddell had been flying a Confederate battle flag outside her home for some seven years, standing at odds with her neighbors and community members who tried to get her to take down what is widely seen as a symbol of racism and hate.

Caddell, from Brownsville, S.C., roundly refused, once swearing that she’d die before she took down the flag flying outside her house.

And then, the Post and...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jan 25, 2018. 21 comments

Sorry, Virginia: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Doesn’t Want to Hear You Wax Poetic About Confederate ‘Heroes’

Sorry, Virginia: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Doesn’t Want to Hear You Wax Poetic About Confederate ‘Heroes’

Southern white men love to memorialize other white men who fought for years to keep African Americans enslaved. It’s the Southern-white-man thing to do to champion the losers of the Confederacy.

So, on Monday, when Virginia state Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (R-Augusta) stood up to lionize the birthday of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson during a state Senate meeting, Lt. Gov....

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Oct 28, 2017. 13 comments

Miss. Elementary School Named After Jefferson Davis to Be Renamed for President Barack Obama 

Miss. Elementary School Named After Jefferson Davis to Be Renamed for President Barack Obama 

This is probably one of the most poetically beautiful things I’ve seen in recent days. A public school in Mississippi named after the first and only president of the losers Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States.

According to NBC News, the Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., will be called the Barack Obama...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Sep 15, 2017. 23 comments

Mo. Man, Tired of Being Called Racist for Flying a Confederate Flag, Puts Up ‘Slaves 4 Sale’ Sign in Retaliation Because That Makes Complete Sense 

Mo. Man, Tired of Being Called Racist for Flying a Confederate Flag, Puts Up ‘Slaves 4 Sale’ Sign in Retaliation Because That Makes Complete Sense 

Y’all, there’s dumb and then there’s dumb. And one Liberty, Mo., resident is literally the representation of being “dumber than a bag of rocks” after throwing up a “Slaves 4 Sale” sign, all because he was mad at his neighbors for apparently treating him like a racist because he hangs a Confederate flag (the flag of racists) outside his home.

So, Richard Geisenheyner actually opened his mouth...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Aug 19, 2017. 12 comments

Someone Tarred and Feathered a Jefferson Davis Monument in Ariz. 

Someone Tarred and Feathered a Jefferson Davis Monument in Ariz. 

A Confederate monument in Arizona dedicated to the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, was recently tarred and feathered.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety on Thursday was called in to investigate the vandalism of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway monument, which is located along state Route 80 outside the Apache Junction, the Arizona...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Aug 18, 2017. 21 comments

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Compares Removing Confederate Statues to Losing 9/11 Memorial

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Compares Removing Confederate Statues to Losing 9/11 Memorial

Maine Gov. Paul LePage continues to prove that he has indeed lost his damn mind, comparing the removal of Confederate monuments to removing a monument to those who died in the 9/11 attacks.

According to the Associated Press, LePage made the comments Thursday morning on WGAN-AM when asked for his reaction to the violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va.

“Whether we like it or...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 17, 2017. 15 comments

Happy Anniversary, White Supremacy!

Happy Anniversary, White Supremacy!

Because many people have accused The Root of not being inclusive and focusing on issues of race too much, please allow us to extend our most heartfelt, warmest wishes on this—your day of celebration.

As Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama celebrate Confederate Memorial Day (which I have long proposed be renamed “White Tear-mas”—because who else but Caucasians celebrates losing a war?), we take...

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