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Sambo Be Damned! Black Fashion Model Refused to Wear ‘Racist’ Accessories at Fashion Institute of Technology Show

Sambo Be Damned! Black Fashion Model Refused to Wear ‘Racist’ Accessories at Fashion Institute of Technology Show

The trashion fashion world is still about that bullshit!

One would think that even in higher institutes of liberal learning — in New York City, at that — folks wouldn’t be so tone deaf to think anything that could possibly be construed racist is a non-starter.

But no, not when it comes to fashion.

A black model at a Fashion Institute of Technology runway show is blowing the whistle about being...

Feb 14, 2020 at 09:00.

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

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

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 towards 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....

Feb 12, 2020 at 08:00. 7 comments

A Maryland High School Had A Nazi Flag Hanging In A Classroom Window

A Maryland High School Had A Nazi Flag Hanging In A Classroom Window

Bruh, I swear racism in schools has just become my beat or something. It ain’t even been a whole ass week until another school fixed its face and did something racist. Tonight, it’s Nazis. More specifically, their flag.

According to NBC News, over the weekend a Nazi flag was seen hanging in a classroom window at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland. The flag was fully...

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Feb 12, 2020 at 04:30. 5 comments

UCLA Just Dropped Its 2020 Hollywood Diversity Report and...It's Heavy on the Mayonnaise

UCLA Just Dropped Its 2020 Hollywood Diversity Report and...It's Heavy on the Mayonnaise

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Hollywood has a bit of a diversity problem.

For those out the loop, look no further than Sunday night’s Oscars , which featured a grand total of—wait for it—five black nominees. If the ceremony were any whiter, it’d be mistaken for a Klan rally.

Which brings us to the fine folks at UCLA, who’ve just released the first part of their seventh annual 2020...

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Jan 29, 2020. 6 comments

Mother of ‘Success Kid’ Meme Wants Ass Toupee Rep. Steve King to Stop Using Her Son’s Image for His Campaign

Mother of ‘Success Kid’ Meme Wants Ass Toupee Rep. Steve King to Stop Using Her Son’s Image for His Campaign

I’m sure you’ve seen the “Success Kid” meme by now. It’s the one of the little chubby-cheeked kid caught in mid-fist pump. It’s a meme that’s gone viral many times over, and while the image of the little blonde-haired boy is about as cute as they come, you know who’s not? Iowa Rep. Steve King.

If you aren’t familiar with Steve King, let me catch you up: Walk outside and step in dog shit then...

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Jan 28, 2020. 2 comments

Trump Is Looking to Make Housing Discrimination Easier and It’s Not Just Because He’s Racist

Trump Is Looking to Make Housing Discrimination Easier and It’s Not Just Because He’s Racist

Continuing his legacy of desecrating the highest office in the land and undoing all of former President Obama’s good work, the Trump administration is looking to change rules enacted to fight housing discrimination.

Which makes sense if you consider that, in 1973, Trump and his father were sued by the Department of Justice for violating the Fair Housing Act. Federal officials found that the...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 25, 2020. 12 comments

Applebee’s Employee Believes She Was Fired for Kicking Racists Out of Restaurant

Applebee’s Employee Believes She Was Fired for Kicking Racists Out of Restaurant

You know, I’m not gonna lie. The fact that this story went down in Applebee’s in New Jersey just makes all the sense in the world.

NBC News reports that Amanda Breaud has filed a lawsuit against an Applebee’s in Middleton, N.J. She worked there as a supervisor and believed she was fired after an incident in May of last year that resulted in her kicking out customers who were making...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 24, 2020. 14 comments

Black Athlete at West Virginia High School Finds Picture of Himself in a Noose Before Game

Black Athlete at West Virginia High School Finds Picture of Himself in a Noose Before Game

I’m often skeptical when I hear people say shit like, “We just need to let the old people die out, then racism will be a thing of the past.” Mainly because those racists have kids. Kids who often turn around and do things like this.

NBC News reports that Jace Colucci, a 17-year-old student and basketball player for Westside High School in Clear Fork, W. Va., found a drawing of a stick figure...

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Jan 24, 2020. 14 comments

Megyn Kelly Wants Equality When It Comes to Blackface

Megyn Kelly Wants Equality When It Comes to Blackface

Megyn Kelly is the human embodiment of not having a fucking clue.

She repeatedly demonstrates just how ignorant and out of touch she is every time she opens her mouth. It’s like her whiteness is so blinding, she is unable to see anything beyond her own myopic, white and privileged view of how the world should work.

You may remember back around Halloween 2018, when Megyn made the loud and...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Jan 19, 2020. 13 comments

Come Again? Commes des Garçons Ignites Cultural Appropriation Controversy With Cornrow Wigs

Come Again? Commes des Garçons Ignites Cultural Appropriation Controversy With Cornrow Wigs

Hot damn heaux, here we go again!

Another day and another high-end fashion brand embroiled in a cultural appropriation controversy.

On Friday, Japanese fashion brand Commes des Garçons–which I thought was French all this time (shrug)—held its Fall 2020 menswear presentation during Men’s Paris Fashion Week with their models wearing what appeared to be oversized lace-front wigs designed to...

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Zack Linly Zack Linly Jan 19, 2020. 20 comments

A Pilot and a Racist Trump Supporter All Wrapped in One: #MAGA Pilot Arrested for Racist Airport Graffiti

A Pilot and a Racist Trump Supporter All Wrapped in One: #MAGA Pilot Arrested for Racist Airport Graffiti

I mean...not that we needed yet another story tying Trump support to good-old-fashioned American racism, but we got one via a 53-year-old pilot for Endeavor Air, a regional subsidiary of Delta, in today’s “Yep, Water is Still Wet as Hell” news.

James E. Dees, whose name was probably not intentionally made to sound eerily similar to Robert E. Lee (although, who am I to speculate?), was arrested...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 18, 2020. 13 comments

TSA Agent in Minnesota Yanks on a Native Woman’s Braids. Says, ‘Giddyup’

TSA Agent in Minnesota Yanks on a Native Woman’s Braids. Says, ‘Giddyup’

I think it’s safe to say that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds the title for most outwardly racist agency in Homeland Security. But that isn’t stopping the folks at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from giving them a run for their money.

NBC News reports that on Monday Tara Houska, a Native American attorney and activist, was going through security in...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 18, 2020. 6 comments

‘We Are Not Welcome’: In What Should Come As a Surprise to No One, Virginia School Board Refuses to Ban Confederate Flag From Its Dress Code

‘We Are Not Welcome’: In What Should Come As a Surprise to No One, Virginia School Board Refuses to Ban Confederate Flag From Its Dress Code

Virginia’s long-standing love affair with the Confederate flag has no bounds. And in what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, a school board in Rocky Mount has ruled that yes, the rebel flag will still be welcomed with open arms in the district’s updated dress code.

WRCB has the scoop:

The Franklin County School Board in Rocky Mount, Virginia, voted 7-1 on Monday against formally...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 17, 2020. 13 comments

Texas Man Sends Racist Threat to High School Students, Gets Indicted

Texas Man Sends Racist Threat to High School Students, Gets Indicted

I have to be honest, y’all. As soon as I saw the mugshot for Kenneth Petersen (above) I just knew, in my heart of hearts, that this dude has probably called someone the N-word on Call of Duty. I just know it.

Courier Post reports that last week the Burlington County Prosecutor’s office has indicted Petersen on charges of bias intimidation. Burlington County, it should be noted, is in New...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 17, 2020. 13 comments

DC Fire Department Launches Investigation After Picture Surfaces of Recruits Flashing Possible White Power Signs

DC Fire Department Launches Investigation After Picture Surfaces of Recruits Flashing Possible White Power Signs

I’ve never been a gang member or a white supremacist before, but apparently hand gestures come along with the territory. But while I rarely hear of anyone losing their job for being affiliated with the Crips or Bloods, unless you’re the president of the United States, blatant racism is typically grounds for immediate termination.

To that end, the D.C. Fire Department might have a racist, or...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 15, 2020. 14 comments

Virginia Man Charged in 'Swatting' Case Found to Have Neo-Nazi Ties

Virginia Man Charged in 'Swatting' Case Found to Have Neo-Nazi Ties

“Swatting,” if you’re unaware, is a prank where some calls in a fake emergency in a targeted effort to generate a huge response from law enforcement. It’s never funny, it’s always dangerous and apparently it’s being weaponized by racists.

NBC News reports that John William Kirby Kelley, a 19-year-old man from Virginia, was charged with conspiracy to make threats by the U.S Justice Department....

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 10, 2020. 13 comments

New York Teacher Compares Black Students to Monkeys in Photo

New York Teacher Compares Black Students to Monkeys in Photo

It seems as though a week can’t go by without a racist incident occurring in an American classroom.

NBC News reports that the parents of four black students at Longwood High School in Long Island are planning to sue the school district for $12 million. They filed a notice of claim after a teacher displayed a slideshow comparing their children to monkeys. The slideshow had one image of a...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 09, 2020. 23 comments

How to Be a Better White Person in 2020

How to Be a Better White Person in 2020

Occasionally The Root will interrupt our coverage of black news, opinions, politics, and culture to openly address our white readership. In 2020, we’d like to finally have that oft-discussed “conversation about race” we hear you guys mention so often. To be clear, white people need to have a conversation about race. Black people in America have been actively engaged in an ongoing discussion...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 08, 2020. 23 comments

Mayor Pete’s Invisible Black Police

Mayor Pete’s Invisible Black Police

Given the choice of superpowers, would you rather have the ability to fly or the power of invisibility?

This comic book-based Rorschach test allegedly reveals deep-seated personality traits. Supposedly, people who choose the gift of flight want recognition and praise while those who wish for invisibility are less confident and shun attention. While the question is interesting, psychologists...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 08, 2020. 6 comments

BAFTAs: No Nominations for You Cynthia Erivo (or Any Non-White Actors), but Can You Sing at Our Ceremony?

BAFTAs: No Nominations for You Cynthia Erivo (or Any Non-White Actors), but Can You Sing at Our Ceremony?

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has quite the audacity and the unmitigated gall. Following a PR nightmare with its all-white acting nomination list for the EE British Academy Films Awards (known as the BAFTAs), it looks like the academy’s nerve went even further than you can imagine.

BAFTAs 2020: Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Michael Ward Receive Rising Star Noms, Rest of...

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