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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 17, 2019 at 02:02.

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Top 10 Clapbacks of All Time, Part 3

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Top 10 Clapbacks of All Time, Part 3

Many of the emails, comments, tweets and direct messages that make it into the weekly Clapback Mailbag are from well-meaning people who genuinely have questions or need advice. In fact, those emails, tweets, direct messages and comments have prompted some of the best clapbacks.

Here are the top 4 moments in the history of the clapback mailbag.

4. That one time we did a Clapback Mailbag...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 15, 2019 at 21:26. 2 comments

Not Like This: An Open Letter to Jay-Z

Not Like This: An Open Letter to Jay-Z

Dear Shawn Corey Carter,

First, I would like to tell you personally that I believe you are the greatest rapper who ever lived.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before and I know that it is useless to debate such a subjective topic but it is important to know that, aside from being my favorite rapper, you are also my favorite musician, period. More than John Coltrane, Jheri Curl-era Luther Vandross or...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 10, 2019. 13 comments

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Top 10 Clapbacks of All Time, Part 2

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Top 10 Clapbacks of All Time, Part 2

As we continue our stroll down memory lane listing the greatest moments in the history of the Clapback Mailbag, I thought that we should focus today on how the writers at The Root have changed the world. According to our readers, not only have we increased racism by talking about racism, we also made Hillary Clinton lose the 2016 presidential election, pushed people toward white supremacy,...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 03, 2019. 16 comments

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Top 10 Clapbacks of All Time, Part 1

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Top 10 Clapbacks of All Time, Part 1

For the next few weeks, we will select our favorite responses from the nearly 400 emails, tweets, DMs and comments we have featured in the weekly Clapback mailbag. We have enlisted a panel of experts to rank our top 10, but if there is one that you remember in particular, please list it in the comments or email it to WeProbablyAintGonnaReadYourBullshit@TheRoot.com

Our first three emails in the...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 01, 2019. 6 comments

Please Allow Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times to Teach You About White Supremacy

Please Allow Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times to Teach You About White Supremacy

Here is the essence of white supremacy.

Despite the pronouncements of those who proudly declare their bodies free of a racist bone, white supremacy is not the same as racism. Actions and their results are what determine whether or not something is racist, not belief or intent. Nor is white supremacy defined by tiki torch marches or moonlit lawn cross-burnings. That is racial terrorism, which...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Aug 01, 2019. 7 comments

Mom Unleashes N-Word After She’s Arrested for Leaving Baby in Nightclub Parking Lot to Take Shots

Mom Unleashes N-Word After She’s Arrested for Leaving Baby in Nightclub Parking Lot to Take Shots

Authorities say a Texas woman hurled racist obscenities and resisted arrest after police detained her for the simple crime of enjoying a few cocktails with her hubby while the family car babysat the couple’s infant.

Police in the Trump-loving central Texas town of Copperas Cove, whose motto is “The city built for family living” responded to a call about a child in a vehicle at the Trackside...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 31, 2019.

Meet the Black Preacher Invited to the White House to Spread the MAGA Gospel

Meet the Black Preacher Invited to the White House to Spread the MAGA Gospel

After years of being left out of the Marvel Universe as the arch-nemesis to everything black, including Colin Kaepernick, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, the NAACP and—no, I’m not kidding—love, Bill Owens, the infamous negro pastor and possessor of the homophobic Infinity Stone, finally got his day in the sun when he was invited to the White House to play the role of a prop in Donald Trump’s...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 30, 2019. 13 comments

All the Times Donald Trump Tweeted the Word ‘Infested’

All the Times Donald Trump Tweeted the Word ‘Infested’

On Saturday, Donald Trump woke up rage-tweeting about Rep. Elijah Cummings ’ district, which includes most of Baltimore, describing the city as “rat and rodent infested.” Although I first thought the remark was a compliment because the Yelp reviews for Mar-a-Lago frequently mention the resort’s large population of free-range mice, I quickly realized that Trump was insulting the city.

Many...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 30, 2019. 2 comments

'Keep Up These Racial Disparities': Protester Kicked Out of Courtroom for Blasting Judge Who Freed Armed White Nationalist

'Keep Up These Racial Disparities': Protester Kicked Out of Courtroom for Blasting Judge Who Freed Armed White Nationalist

Authorities ushered a man out of a Vermont courtroom after he boldly interrupted court proceedings to condemn a judge for releasing an avowed white supremacist who keeps defying court orders banning him from buying guns.

On July 22, self-proclaimed white nationalist Max Misch pleaded not guilty in a Bennington, Vt., Superior Court for violating the conditions of his release on previous...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 27, 2019. 6 comments

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Recipe

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Recipe

Every Friday, The Root takes the best (or worst) emails, comments, tweets and messages from our readers and features them in our Clapback Mailbag.

If You Helped a Racist Become the Most Powerful Person in America, Then You’re a Racist Too

Legally, Lakeith Smith is a murderer.

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Because so many people have asked how they could create a homemade version of the mailbag, we decided to...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 26, 2019. 3 comments

Morehouse Students' Claims of Sexual Misconduct Prompt Additional Investigations

Morehouse Students' Claims of Sexual Misconduct Prompt Additional Investigations

Viral videos containing accusations of sexual misconduct have prompted internal investigations at one of America’s most celebrated historically black colleges after two social media whistleblowers allege that they were victims of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of one of the college’s employees. Their revelations may have inspired other students to step forward with complaints...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 26, 2019. 20 comments

Trump Administration Reinstates Death Penalty, Schedules Five Executions

Trump Administration Reinstates Death Penalty, Schedules Five Executions

Warning: This article does not use euphemisms to refer to the federal government’s killing policies.

After more than a decade without an execution, the attorney general—who previously played the role of Peter Griffin on Family Guy—announced that the federal government will start killing people once again, ordering five men to the execution chamber as Donald Trump probably cackled while...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 26, 2019. 14 comments

Trump Gives Speech in Front of Altered Presidential Seal Featuring Golf Clubs and ‘45 Is a Puppet’

Trump Gives Speech in Front of Altered Presidential Seal Featuring Golf Clubs and ‘45 Is a Puppet’

Donald Trump’s recent appearance in front of the racially-problematic right-wing organization that gave us Candace Owens , Blexit and the MAGA Yeezy fashion line turned into the funniest speech he’s ever given after keen-eyed observers noticed that the president’s backdrop was a graphic depicting everything wrong with Putin’s Executive in Charge of U.S. Operations.

On Tuesday, President Trump...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 26, 2019.

Trump’s 'Blackground': An Exclusive Interview With Black People Who Attend MAGA Rallies

Trump’s 'Blackground': An Exclusive Interview With Black People Who Attend MAGA Rallies

Black Trump supporters have come under increased scrutiny after a recent crowd engaged in racist chants. On Wednesday, entertainer Bette Midler came under fire from Trump supporters for saying Trump paid African Americans to be in “the blackground.”

Twitter Spirals Into Chaos After MAGA Gang Finds Bette Middler Guilty of 1st-Degree Racism

Yes, everything is about race.

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In June,...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 25, 2019. 5 comments

Robert Mueller's 'City Boy Summer' and 10 Things We Learned From the House Committee Hearings

Robert Mueller's 'City Boy Summer' and 10 Things We Learned From the House Committee Hearings

Now that special counsel Robert Mueller’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intel Committee has concluded, Democrats are disappointed that Mueller didn’t call Trump a “lying-ass liar” under oath and Republicans are upset that the special counsel didn’t definitively declare: “No collusion, no obstruction.”

However, buried in the six-plus hours of interrogation that...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 25, 2019.

A Republican Legislator Said Slavery Wasn't Racist Because Slave Owners 'Were Making Money.' Then Things Got Even Weirder

A Republican Legislator Said Slavery Wasn't Racist Because Slave Owners 'Were Making Money.' Then Things Got Even Weirder

A New Hampshire state legislator is under fire for insisting that “owning slaves doesn’t make you racist.” In a private interaction with a former New Hampshire resident and during an interview with The Root, the Republican lawmaker doubled and tripled down on his assertion by altering the definition of the word “racist,” rewriting history and explaining that chattel slavery wasn’t necessarily...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 25, 2019. 1 comments

Donald Trump Is Scared AF

Donald Trump Is Scared AF

Despite the liar-in-chief’s previous statement that he probably wouldn’t watch the highly anticipated House hearings on Wednesday, he started off his morning rage-tweeting in fear that his “no obstruction, no collusion” mantra would finally be exposed as complete and utter horseshit—which, according to The Root’s research, is denser and much more putrid than bullshit but chemically similar to...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 23, 2019.

White Woman Claims She Invented the Hair Bonnet, Black Twitter Tells Her to Go Back to Wypipostan

White Woman Claims She Invented the Hair Bonnet, Black Twitter Tells Her to Go Back to Wypipostan

A white woman may have secured her spot in the Columbusing Hall of Fame after claiming that she invented an accessory used by black women ever since Earline Jackson delayed her escape to the Underground Railroad by informing Harriet Tubman:

“Hold up. I forgot my hair bonnet.”

In an article with Fashion Magazine, entrepreneur Sarah Marantz Lindenberg claims she “came up with the idea” of a...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 22, 2019. 18 comments

Man Climbs 15 Stories to Save Mother From Burning Building

Man Climbs 15 Stories to Save Mother From Burning Building

Warning: The content of this story may cause eye sweating or the temporary loss of tear duct fluid.

In West Philadelphia born and raised, playing Spiderman is where a man known only as Jermaine apparently spent most of his days after he was caught on camera climbing 200 feet during a courageous rescue attempt and a blatant example of son-shaming.

WPVI in Philadelphia reports that Jermaine...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 22, 2019.

Miss Michigan Loses Crown Because of Racist, Islamophobic Tweets

Miss Michigan Loses Crown Because of Racist, Islamophobic Tweets

MAGA Twitter is enraged at officials of the oldest international beauty pageant for dethroning a beauty queen after racist and Islamophobic tweets surfaced on the Twitter account of a Trump supporter and reigning Miss Michigan.

Organizers of the Miss World America pageant dismissed Michigan winner Kathy Zhu for what they called “offensive, insensitive and inappropriate”social media content,...

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