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May 31, 2020. 18 comments

A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising

A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising

Without the proper context, it is impossible to understand the mushroom cloud of uprisings that are exploding across the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others.

To contextualize the anger, frustration and desperation that forced protesters to recreate the lawlessness and chaos that black people experience on a daily basis, The Root...

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May 30, 2020. 13 comments

Black Journalists and Covering the Storm That Never Passes

Black Journalists and Covering the Storm That Never Passes

I knew what I was getting into.

I grew up reading the newspaper daily, since about age 11. I started watching the evening news—both the local and the national broadcasts—around the same time. My earliest media memories are of the 1987 Iran-Contra hearings and the Challenger explosion the year prior. Every weekend I watched Tim Russert on Meet the Press, as well as CBS’ 60 Minutes with my...

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Apr 24, 2020. 7 comments

The 'Open America' Protests Are a Classic Example of the Power of White Privilege

The 'Open America' Protests Are a Classic Example of the Power of White Privilege

In an effort to demonstrate how much they want to “reopen the economy” (or perhaps how badly they hate social distancing and other protective measures in place to ensure people aren’t out here catching the coronavirus), some white folks across the U.S. are protesting outside in the middle of a pandemic with signs like this—calling for either liberty...or COVID-19.

And that’s not all. A number...

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Apr 18, 2020. 14 comments

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Says Protestors Risk Extending Stay-At-Home Order

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Says Protestors Risk Extending Stay-At-Home Order

In one of the most counterproductive displays of political activism in recent history, a group of Michigan conservatives gathered on Wednesday to protest the state’s stay-at-home order. As you can predict, social distancing guidelines were not followed and this has led the Governor to respond.

CBS News reports that Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said that Wednesday’s protest...

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Apr 16, 2020. 23 comments

Michigan Residents Stage Gridlock to Protest Stay-At-Home Order

Michigan Residents Stage Gridlock to Protest Stay-At-Home Order

If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown anything, it’s that white people have very little interest in self-preservation. Take for instance, Michigan.

Business Insider reports that on Wednesday, hundreds of Michigan residents staged a traffic jam outside the state Capitol to protest the current stay-at-home order. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued one of the strictest stay-at-home orders in the country...

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Feb 14, 2020. 17 comments

Chicago High Schoolers Hold Sit-In After Teacher Told Student 'Go Back to Your Country'

Chicago High Schoolers Hold Sit-In After Teacher Told Student 'Go Back to Your Country'

I simply feel like it should be a standard policy that racists shouldn’t be teachers. If you’re going to be an asshole at least have the decency to not be one toward children. Granted, racists don’t know what decency is. Otherwise, they probably wouldn’t be racists.

According to NBC News, students at Senn High School in Chicago staged a sit-in on Wednesday to protest a teacher’s racist remark....

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Feb 04, 2020. 17 comments

What’s Better Than One Billionaire Remaining Seated During the Super Bowl National Anthem? Two

What’s Better Than One Billionaire Remaining Seated During the Super Bowl National Anthem? Two

Jay-Z and Beyoncé are taking a stand…or actually, taking a seat.

“I think that we forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice,” Jay-Z said at the widely-viewed

press conference announcing his partnership with the National Football League this past summer. “In that case, this is the success. This is the next thing. There’s two parts to a protest. You go outside...

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Jan 30, 2020. 11 comments

Students at Ball State University Staged Walkout to Protest Professor Calling Cops

Students at Ball State University Staged Walkout to Protest Professor Calling Cops

Last week, a professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., came under fire after video was released of him calling the cops on a student for not switching seats mid-lecture. Unsatisfied with the university’s response, students have decided to take action.

According to the Star Press, on Tuesday, hundreds of students staged a walkout in protest of Professor Shaheen Borna’s actions and...

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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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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 Oct 24, 2019. 21 comments

Republicans Bumrush Impeachment Inquiry With MAGA Lives Matter Protest

Republicans Bumrush Impeachment Inquiry With MAGA Lives Matter Protest

Republican lawmakers staged an impromptu protest against the Constitution on Wednesday, intentionally obstructing justice and delaying testimony from a key witness in the impeachment inquiry investigation into crimes that Donald Trump and

White House staff already publicly admitted to.

Yes, this is a thing that happened.

On Wednesday, members of the House Intelligence Committee were set to...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 23, 2019. 11 comments

American Gold Medalists Placed on 12 Months' Probation for Pan Am Games Protests: ‘I’m Honored to Make That Sacrifice’

American Gold Medalists Placed on 12 Months' Probation for Pan Am Games Protests: ‘I’m Honored to Make That Sacrifice’

Two American gold medalists were put on probation for a year as punishment for their decision to demonstrate during the National Anthem at the 2019 Pan American Games.

From CNN:

US Olympic & Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland wrote to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden, saying “while I respect your perspective—and that of every athlete for whom I’m lucky...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Aug 20, 2019. 5 comments

Proud Boy-in-Chief Threatens to Make Antifa a Terrorist Organization After Weekend Protests in Portland, Oregon

Proud Boy-in-Chief Threatens to Make Antifa a Terrorist Organization After Weekend Protests in Portland, Oregon

The far-right Proud Boys, the wandering group of mostly white men who you can spot wearing their “PB” branded polos, vow to continue their inbred form of American terrorism every month in Portland, Ore., after what they claimed was a successful rally this weekend, USA Today reports.

The mayonnaise-smothered clan—which is totally tied to white nationalism, according to the Southern Poverty Law...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 31, 2019. 11 comments

Trump’s Presence at Virginia Event Marking Jamestown Anniversary Brings Boycott, Protest

Trump’s Presence at Virginia Event Marking Jamestown Anniversary Brings Boycott, Protest

An event to mark the 400th anniversary of the legislative start of Jamestown, Va.,—the English colonial settlement that saw the first captive Africans arrive on these shores—was boycotted by much of the state’s black caucus, as well as other Democrats, and openly protested by another, due to the presence of one Donald J. Trump.

According to the Washington Post, Trump, who provided a key speech...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 13, 2019. 8 comments

A Cop Killed EJ Bradford in an Alabama Mall and Someone Will Finally Face Jail Time—the Protesters

A Cop Killed EJ Bradford in an Alabama Mall and Someone Will Finally Face Jail Time—the Protesters

Seven months after protests shut down the Alabama mall where a police officer shot and killed EJ Bradford, prosecutors are seeking justice against the troublemakers who disturbed the way of life in the idyllic southern suburb…

The people who were protesting.

On Nov. 22, 2018, a police officer in the Birmingham, Ala., suburb of Hoover shot and killed

21-year-old Emantic Bradford Jr. at the...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jun 14, 2019. 3 comments

Protesters and Police Clash in Memphis After Officer-Involved Shooting

Protesters and Police Clash in Memphis After Officer-Involved Shooting

North Memphis, Tenn., was in chaos Wednesday night after U.S. Marshals Service officers shot and killed a 20-year-old black man, Brandon Webber, in his family’s front yard. The killing quickly rippled through the community, leading to clashes between protesters and police that ended in tear gas being deployed.

Videos and photos from the streets of Frayser, a neighborhood about five miles...

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Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing Jun 02, 2019. 23 comments

Where’s Security? Man Grabs Sen. Kamala Harris’ Microphone at Forum

Where’s Security? Man Grabs Sen. Kamala Harris’ Microphone at Forum

A protester interrupted Senator Kamala Harris’ speech on Saturday, snatching the microphone from the presidential candidate and beginning a rant before being escorted from the stage.

Harris was in San Francisco at the MoveOn “Big Ideas Forum” discussing her plan to close the gender pay-gap when a protester walked onto the stage. Harris appeared more confused than scared as the man took the...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 28, 2019. 16 comments

Dayton, Ohio on the Hook for $650,000 Security Bill After the Little Klu Klux Klan Rally That Couldn't

Dayton, Ohio on the Hook for $650,000 Security Bill After the Little Klu Klux Klan Rally That Couldn't

On Saturday, Dayton, Ohio, was inundated by a massive, belligerent mob hosting a Klu Klux Klan rally—and by “inundated” I mean inconvenienced. And by “a massive, belligerent mob” I mean only nine Klan members actually showed up.

According to Time, the would-be shit-starters were actually drowned out by as many as 600 counter-protesters, who politely told them to get the fuck on with their...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Apr 28, 2019. 20 comments

Connecticut Police Open Fire on Black Couple Singing Love Song to Each Other

Connecticut Police Open Fire on Black Couple Singing Love Song to Each Other

On Tuesday, April 16, Stephanie Washington, 22, and Paul Witherspoon III, 21, were sitting in their car enjoying each other’s company, kissing and singing along to “Nothing In This World” by R&B Singers Avant and Keke Wyatt. Moments later, police opened fire on their vehicle without warning or provocation.

Now, residents of the city of Hamden, Conn. are seeking answers.

At 4:20 a.m., a gas...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Mar 14, 2019. 10 comments

Michael Bennett Tells New England Patriots That He’ll Stay in Locker Room During National Anthem 

Michael Bennett Tells New England Patriots That He’ll Stay in Locker Room During National Anthem 

New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett has been adamant about the movement for black lives. He was one of the first NFL players to back former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest during the national anthem, and he doesn’t plan on stopping just because President Trump’s favorite team has picked him up.

During a speech at Princeton University this...

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