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Apparently, White People Had No Idea Who Frankie Beverly Was Until Black Twitter Taught Them

Apparently, White People Had No Idea Who Frankie Beverly Was Until Black Twitter Taught Them

If you woke up this morning and were shocked to discover that one of Black America’s favorite musical legends had gone home to glory, calm down. You don’t have to pull out your white painter’s cap, put on “Joy & Pain” and contemplate what steps you should take before you let go. Nothing happened to Frankie Beverly and all of the members of Maze are still standing right beside us and I’m told...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot yesterday at 01:12. 8 comments

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: ‘Real Racist’ Bingo

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: ‘Real Racist’ Bingo

Whenever someone asks if writing the weekly Clapback Mailbag ever gets old, I tell them that receiving and reading notes from people telling me why I’m so wrong can sometimes be annoying.

But, to be fair, it’s not the receiving part that bothers me; I rather enjoy responding to our readers. But reading poorly punctuated pleas for me to stop my literary niggering can sometimes get old. So, to...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 13, 2019 at 04:30. 1 comments

22 Cops in St. Louis Were Exposed For Racist Facebook Posts. 2 Were Fired

22 Cops in St. Louis Were Exposed For Racist Facebook Posts. 2 Were Fired

A “proud” Missouri “cracker” and a KKKop whose pseudonym on social media was apparently inspired by a leadership position in the Ku Klux Klan have been terminated after a watchdog group discovered Facebook posts by nearly two dozen St. Louis police officers displaying bigotry, hatred and a predilection for violence.

The Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis confirmed to the St. Louis...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 13, 2019 at 02:45.

Look Back At It: The Top 10 Protest Movements of the Decade

Look Back At It: The Top 10 Protest Movements of the Decade

If it were possible to encapsulate the sentiment of an entire decade, the last 10 years could be distilled down to one word:

“Nah.”

Whether it was Black Lives Matter demonstrations, Colin Kaepernick taking a knee or white people burning Nikes they bought from J.C. Penney, it is impossible to recap 2010-2019 without taking a look at how protest and resistance defined the last decade.

Take a look...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 12, 2019 at 04:30. 4 comments

Principal Who Allegedly Banned Black History Month Accuses Black Teachers of Reverse Racism. Teachers Accuse Her of Original Recipe Racism

Principal Who Allegedly Banned Black History Month Accuses Black Teachers of Reverse Racism. Teachers Accuse Her of Original Recipe Racism

A principal who was demoted amid accusations that she prohibited students from celebrating Black History Month has filed a lawsuit against a group of teachers at a Bronx school for discriminating against her because she is white. Meanwhile, the teachers filed their own legal claim against the school district, claiming the principal implied black instructors were lazy and unqualified.

For...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 11, 2019 at 21:00.

Ayanna Pressley Introduces Legislation to End the ‘Pushout’ of Black Girls

Ayanna Pressley Introduces Legislation to End the ‘Pushout’ of Black Girls

We are all magicians.

This country practices a particular kind of wizardry that can make black votes disappear; turn a black radical into a whitewashed moderate and hypnotize an entire population into somehow believing that “illegal immigrants” can trespass on stolen land.

But the most wondrous trick of all is how we treat black girls. We put them in a box and saw them in half. We turn them...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 11, 2019 at 02:00.

The Caucasian Candidate’s Guide to Black Voters

The Caucasian Candidate’s Guide to Black Voters

So you want to be president.

In America, reaching the pinnacle of any career doesn’t usually require the consent or approval of black people. In fact, it is possible to lead one of the most profitable companies in America ; govern the state of Alabama; determine whether or not America has talent or run a sports league built on black labor while displaying disdain and contempt for black...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 10, 2019 at 03:23. 1 comments

Pete Buttigieg on Institutional Racism, Economic Inequality, and White Supremacy

Pete Buttigieg on Institutional Racism, Economic Inequality, and White Supremacy
Eyes on 2020 An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.Prev NextView All “Systemic racism, and white supremacy in particular...is the force that is most likely to destroy America.” — Pete Buttigieg

He said it.

And all it took was an 8-year-old viral video clip, his campaign polling at zero percent among black voters and someone calling him a “lying...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 07, 2019 at 07:30. 4 comments

Papa John’s Founder Blames His Use of the N-Word on Kanye and Colonel Sanders

Papa John’s Founder Blames His Use of the N-Word on Kanye and Colonel Sanders

The founder of the restaurant chain known for delivering pizzas that taste like the cover of a Presbyterian hymnal covered in ketchup and heated in an E-Z Bake Oven, filed a lawsuit blaming his use of a racial slur on Colonel Sanders, Kanye West and—most importantly—the people who recorded him using the epitaph.

On Thursday, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter filed a claim against the...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 07, 2019 at 02:20. 7 comments

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Major League Clapback

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Major League Clapback

Each Friday, we wade through our emails, tweets, comments and DMs to respond to readers who are searching for feedback, validation or someone at whom they can scream the n-word without being slapped like they stole something.

But not this week.

When the pair of articles about Mayor Pete Buttigieg came out last week, there was a ton of responses from people who discovered our little website....

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 06, 2019. 1 comments

I Tried Trap Yoga. Trap Yoga Won

I Tried Trap Yoga. Trap Yoga Won

It’s not my fault. I’m a victim.

Since I was a child, my musculature has been as rigid as a slightly inebriated white man trying to learn the kick-pivot part of the electric slide at his co-worker’s daughter’s wedding. To say I’m not flexible is an understatement. Although I am a card-carrying member of the rhythm nation, I was never able to touch my toes. I pop-lock like an ironing board. In...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 05, 2019.

Attorney General Issues Veiled Threat to Communities That Protest Police Brutality. You Know Which 'Communities' He's Talking About

Attorney General Issues Veiled Threat to Communities That Protest Police Brutality. You Know Which 'Communities' He's Talking About

A roomful of potential rogue cops and prosecutors breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after the chief law enforcement officer in America issued a thinly veiled threat to black communities, hinting that law enforcement officers might stop protecting people who don’t want to get shot in the face.

Speaking at a ceremony for the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in policing,

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 03, 2019. 6 comments

Fear of a White Moderate

Fear of a White Moderate

Remember that time when white supremacists overthrew the government?

No, not when they subverted the U.S. Constitution by deciding enslaved Africans were three-fifths of a white man. I’m talking about the other time.

No, not when they added the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights because southern slaveholders were fearful of armed slave revolts; the other time.

No, not the Civil War—when...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 30, 2019. 21 comments

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: A Long List of Liars

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: A Long List of Liars

I don’t know if you heard about it, but I wrote something pretty controversial this week.

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF

Seven thousand three hundred twenty-two dollars.

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I’ve always wondered how some people could live in a country so rife with inequality and racism and somehow conclude that race and whiteness had absolutely nothing to do with it, which was exactly why I wrote what I...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 28, 2019. 7 comments

Mother Sues City and Officer Who Killed Emantic Bradford Jr.

Mother Sues City and Officer Who Killed Emantic Bradford Jr.

The mother of a 21-year-old killed by a police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against the officer and the city that employs the cop who shot and killed her son at an Alabama mall in 2018.

During a confrontation on November 22, 2018, someone opened fire inside the Galleria Mall in Hoover, Ala., during the crowded Black Friday. In the ensuing commotion, a police officer moonlighting at the...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 28, 2019. 23 comments

Family Members, Ranked

Family Members, Ranked

As Black Thanksgiving quickly approaches, it may be necessary for some people who are unfamiliar with this holiday to understand black genealogy. In black culture, the family dynamic is not dictated by genetics, DNA or blood. Instead, much like race, “family” is a social construct.

To help our readers understand this subject, we assembled a team of experts to rank the importance of black...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 27, 2019. 24 comments

Pete Buttigieg Called Me. Here's What Happened

Pete Buttigieg Called Me. Here's What Happened

The first thing you should know about me is that I absolutely hate talking on the phone.

My friends, family and co-workers all know this about me. It’s not the talking that bothers me, it’s the anticipation angst from waiting for a phone call. Therapy and self-reflection have informed me that my subconscious anxiety is fueled by the fact that I’ve received news of personal and family tragedies...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 27, 2019.

Bill Cosby Shares More Pound Cake From Prison

Bill Cosby Shares More Pound Cake From Prison

In a wide-ranging interview that spanned multiple phone calls, prisoner number NN7687 spoke out on his refusal to admit guilt, his time behind bars, black families, his accusers, Michael Eric Dyson, the infamous “Pound Cake Speech” and how he might have stopped a prison murder.

Over three 15-minute phone conversations, 82-year-old incarcerated comedian Bill Cosby spoke with the National...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 26, 2019. 24 comments

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF

Seven thousand three hundred twenty-two dollars.

I hid it in a white Piggly Wiggly bag in the back of the dishwasher. Every single time I returned to that tiny apartment, I opened up that Navajo-white Kenmore dishwasher and made sure it was there. It was not a gift. It was not a reward. It wasn’t even mine.

And it still wasn’t enough.

I am from what most people would call “the hood.” The bad...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 26, 2019. 19 comments

Jury Convicts White Cop for Killing Unarmed Black Man

Jury Convicts White Cop for Killing Unarmed Black Man

Although the heinous 2016 police shooting only garnered marginal national attention, eight judges refused to try the case. The trial venue was changed from a majority-black city to a rural, mostly white county…in Alabama. The defendant was a white cop who shot and killed a black man...in Alabama. Still, in less than two hours of deliberation, a majority-white jury convicted the officer for...

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