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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 12, 2019.

The President’s Personal Fourth of July Party Has Bankrupted D.C.’s Security Fund

The President’s Personal Fourth of July Party Has Bankrupted D.C.’s Security Fund

Remember just a few weeks ago when the president planned a “my dicktatorship is bigger than yours” July Fourth event in which he wanted tanks and jets and sparklers and shit?

Well, it sounds like that whole thing has bankrupted the Washington, D.C., security fund as they have spent some $1.7 million reserved for protecting the nation’s capital from terrorist threats.

I know what you are...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 11, 2019.

Nike Drops Sneaker Featuring Betsy Ross Flag After Colin Kaepernick Is Said to Complain It Invokes Slavery

Nike Drops Sneaker Featuring Betsy Ross Flag After Colin Kaepernick Is Said to Complain It Invokes Slavery

Just in time for the Fourth of July comes a report that Nike yanked a sneaker embellished with a Betsy Ross flag after NFL footballer-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick complained the image conjured up slavery and all its ills.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which attributes its story to “people familiar with the matter,” Nike’s Air Max 1 USA, featuring the 1770s-era Betsy Ross flag of...

alpha1906 alpha1906 Jul 04, 2019. 15 comments

America the Beautiful, America the Cruel

America the Beautiful, America the Cruel

The Fourth of July, or the Fourth of You Lie as we black folks like to call it, is here again. And we’ll be inundated with bold-faced lies about American exceptionalism. You’ll hear it from television commentators. From politicians. From dudes wearing a red, white and blue t-shirt…made in China.

They’ll talk about how we’re a country that believes in democracy, just as the United States...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 04, 2019. 10 comments

We Said What We Said: 10 Things The Root Wrote About America

We Said What We Said: 10 Things The Root Wrote About America

In the 10-plus years since The Root was founded, our writers have always celebrated the Fourth of July with the knowledge that America’s original Independence Day celebration only applied to white men. Since then, this land of freedom and opportunity has graciously allowed its black citizens incremental but not-quite-full access to liberty and justice through a brutal layaway plan that...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 04, 2019. 15 comments

#BoycottTrump4thOfJuly Trends 1 Day Before Trump’s Yuuuge Plans to Hijack the National Holiday

#BoycottTrump4thOfJuly Trends 1 Day Before Trump’s Yuuuge Plans to Hijack the National Holiday

U.S. presidents traditionally have been hands-off when it comes to the Fourth of July so as to avoid politicizing commemorations of the nation’s birth. But not Donald Trump, whose decision to insert himself in Washington, D.C.’s annual celebration with a speech at the Lincoln Memorial and an elaborate display of military might had the hashtag #BoycottTrump4thOfJuly trending Wednesday.

As...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 02, 2019. 12 comments

‘America’s Dicktator’ Now Wants Tanks and a VIP Section to Destroy the 4th of July Celebration

‘America’s Dicktator’ Now Wants Tanks and a VIP Section to Destroy the 4th of July Celebration

President Donald Trump still doesn’t understand how democracy works. He doesn’t understand that just because Russia stole the 2016 presidential election and handed it to him that he can’t punish the press just because they don’t write favorable stories about his cow pie-esque administration, and that he can’t kill people unless it’s on foreign soil and under the guise of war.

Trump thought...

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Damon Young Damon Young Jun 22, 2018. 24 comments

Why President Obama's Final 4th of July White House BBQ Will Be The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened

Why President Obama's Final 4th of July White House BBQ Will Be The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened

It's been well-established that President Obama discarded the last one of his fucks many moons ago; letting it go the same way Kappas forsake dignity at coed kickball games. We don't know exactly where he left that last fuck, but my guess would be in a bathroom sink in Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street, which is where fucks often go to perish.

Anyway, we're now left with a preeminently fuck denuded...

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Chanté Griffin Chanté Griffin Sep 05, 2017.

The 6 Times This Year the US Gave African Americans Reasons Not to Celebrate Independence Day

The 6 Times This Year the US Gave African Americans Reasons Not to Celebrate Independence Day

The U.S. loves its holidays—from the patriotic red, white and blue Fourth to the fake ones (hint, hint: Columbus Day). Given this, it’s only fitting that black Americans acknowledge how “good ol' America” has treated us so far this year. Let’s take a moment to commemorate and raise a glass to celebrate our status as one of this country’s least-revered citizen groups.

Here are the six times the...

Ashley Velez Ashley Velez Aug 21, 2017. 18 comments

Watch: ‘No Country for Me’

Watch: ‘No Country for Me’

Two hundred and forty-one years ago, America gained its independence from Britain. Since then, July 4 has been celebrated with American flags, parades, fireworks and barbecues. The word “freedom” is often associated with the day.

But freedom for all under the red-white-and-blue flag is a myth. When the Declaration of Independence was signed, it would be nearly 90 years before the end of...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Aug 17, 2017. 8 comments

Twitter Users Offer US Ambassador Nikki Haley Some Cheese With Her Whine

Twitter Users Offer US Ambassador Nikki Haley Some Cheese With Her Whine

Poor U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. She had to work on the Fourth of July, and she wasn’t happy about it.

Haley’s tweet was posted after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that scientists say could have reached Alaska. So there is that. Haley didn’t understand why keeping America safe had to happen on White People Independence Day.

“While I...

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Danielle C. Belton Danielle C. Belton Aug 17, 2017. 9 comments

I’m Just Here for the Ribs

I’m Just Here for the Ribs

I love any excuse for a cookout. My father is from Texas, lives in St. Louis (two places famous for ribs), and was raised on barbecue. He probably has St. Louis’ own Maull’s BBQ sauce in his veins instead of blood.

During the spring and summer, he typically hauls out the grill for a series of holidays—Memorial Day, Juneteenth and the Fourth of July. Of those holidays, the only one my father...

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