Tag: black lives matter

A Word: How We Fight White Supremacy Reminds Us That ‘We’ Have the Power 

Image: Bold Type Books What does it mean to fight white supremacy today? After centuries of trying, those of us actively committed to doing so know that grand gestures are well outnumbered by daily acts expressed in myriad ways with varying levels of visibility. This is the message of <a rel=”nofollow” data-amazonasin=”1568588496″ data-amazonsubtag=”[t|link[p|1833575543[a|1568588496[au|5876237249236924167[b|theroot[lt|text” onclick=”window.ga(‘send’, ‘event’, […]

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Lawmaker Calls for Ban on Partisan Ideology in Classrooms

A Maine Republican sponsored legislation that would forbid teachers from endorsing political candidates and from using their classrooms as bully pulpits for ideological advocacy. State Rep. Lawrence Lockman, co-founder and president of the conservative Maine First Project, introduced a bill that directed the state board of education to draft a Code of Ethics for K-12 […]

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Mother Demands Answers and Policy Change After Her Son Was Forced to Urinate in Classroom Trash Can

Photo: An eight-year-old boy was allegedly made to wear trash bags after he was told to urinate in a classroom trashcan. ((Photo via Sofia Mongol)) Sonia Mongol, mother of an 8-year-old student at Manhattan Place Elementary in Los Angeles, says her son was forced to urinate in a trash can […]

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With On the Come Up, Bestselling Author Angie Thomas Continues Her Crusade: ‘I Can See Myself Writing About Black Girls From Here on Out’

Author Angie Thomas attends ‘The Hate U Give’ Atlanta Red Carpet Screening at Regal Atlantic Station on Oct. 3, 2018, in Atlanta. Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for 20th Century Fox) Angie Thomas, author of the breakout novel The Hate U Give, remains steadfast about the types of stories she […]

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The Black Cop Behind the White Hood: Ron Stallworth Talks BlacKkKlansman, Unequivocally Supports Black Lives Matter

Ron Stallworth (L) and John David Washington attend the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Jon Kopaloff (Getty Images) When I first heard the synopsis for BlacKkKlansman—a black police officer infiltrates the Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with the help […]

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Runway to Revolution: Telfar Global Teams Up with Black Lives Matter

Designer Telfar Clemens walks the runway at the Telfar Fall/Winter 2019 Collection on February 8, 2019 in New York City.Photo: JP Yim (Getty Images) As the fashion world recovers from the biannual marathon that is New York Fashion Week (and moves on to London Fashion Week), we’re finally able to […]

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How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice

The nightmare haunts Victor Dempsey even in his wakinghours, tightening his chest and snatching his breath. It is as if it’s waitingfor him, and when he sleeps there’s no escape. The dream first came to him whenhe was waiting for the verdict in the 2017 criminal trial of the police […]

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The Story Behind the Green New Deal’s Meteoric Rise

On November 13, 2018, just days after Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives, dozens of young activists filed silently into Representative Nancy Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill. Some sat down along the walls of the office, unfurling banners and forming a circle. Others stood in the center and told their […]

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Nancy Pelosi on Stacey Abrams, Black Lives Matter and Standing Up to Trump 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is known as the woman who tells Donald Trump “no” and continues to be the backbone of the Democratic Party. Her leadership was long-questioned during the midterms until her chamber enjoyed a record-setting blue wave of progressive, ethnically diverse freshman congresswomen. Pelosi spent a few minutes […]

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No Joke, What’s Happening to 21 Savage Is Pretty Damn Concerning

21 Savage attends the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund 15th Anniversary Event on November 5, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.Photo: Roy Rochlin (Getty Images) It was all jokes… until it wasn’t. In fact, it never really was a joke. A bit of transparency here: when I first saw news of […]

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Target Israel: George Soros-Funded Groups Leading BDS War on Jewish State

TEL AVIV — Financing tied to billionaire activist George Soros is a common yet largely under-reported theme among organizations that lead or support the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign attempting to delegitimize the Jewish state. In January, Israel released a list of 20 BDS-supporting organizations whose members will be banned from entering Israel […]

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We Thought Beto O’Rourke Was Cool Until We Found Out He Voted for Anti-Black Lives Matter Legislation

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) During the 2018 midterm elections, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke quickly became a favorite even among those who couldn’t legally vote for him in his Senate race because they didn’t live in the state of Texas. The former representative of Texas’s 16th Congressional District did everything […]

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So, About That Time Tiffany Haddish Sent Fur—and Hypocrisy—Flying In Defense of Black Lives

Tiffany Haddish attends the City of Hope Spirit of Life Gala 2018 on October 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images for City of Hope) She may have bombed during her New Year’s Eve performance in Miami, but Tiffany Haddish dropped another bomb on Instagram over the […]

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Women’s March Organizer: ‘White Jews, as White People, Uphold White Supremacy’

Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, told the New York Times that “white Jews … uphold white supremacy.” She also told a fellow left-wing activist “that Jews [need] to confront their own role in racism.” Vanessa Wruble, a self-described Jewish activist and “early organizer of the Women’s March,” told the Times she was pushed out of the […]

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12 Days of Gifting, Day 9: For Folk Who Stay Woke

Photo: iStock If you’re reading this, you likely already know that, here at The Root, Black Lives Matter every day. That said, while we readily condemn all tyranny and marginalization that crosses our paths, due to the demands of our workloads, we’re admittedly predominantly laptop activists—and accordingly, online shoppers. (Hey, […]

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Oscar Grant Was Killed by a BART Officer 10 Years Ago. Now His Family Fights to Rename the Station He Died In

Protestors carry signs with a picture of slain 22-year-old Oscar Grant III during a demonstration at Oakland City Hall on January 14, 2009, in Oakland, California. Photo: Getty Almost 10 years ago, Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer in Oakland, […]

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Art and Activism Create Darker Gods for Art Basel Miami

Image: Damon Davis Activism and art are frequently complimentary forces, but a new exhibit at Miami’s Art Basel brings the two together in a visionary new way. Artist Damon Davis is using sound, photography, film, illustration and written word to reframe and deify blackness—specifically, the ways in which the media […]

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Breaking: Former Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder of Botham Jean

Photo: AP A grand jury has indicted white ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger on murder charges for shooting and killing an unarmed black man, Botham Jean, after intruding into his apartment in September. The grand jury began hearing evidence for the case on Monday, delivering their verdict on Friday afternoon. Guyger, who […]

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Artists Like Damon Davis Are Transforming the Image of Blackness

You’ve heard the statement before: Blackness is not a monolith. It stands as true in life as it should in art, but isn’t always acknowledged in that same space. Throughout history, art has been the silent tool in addressing racial, class, and socio-political strifes. It’s additionally been used to combat […]

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CNN Contributor Marc Lamont Hill Calls for Destruction of Israel, Endorses Palestinian Violence

CNN Contributor Marc Lamont Hill told the United Nations on Wednesday that Israel should be replaced by a Palestinian state, and defended the Palestinian use of violence against Israel. Hill was speaking at the “U.N. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” which provides an annual platform for extremist rhetoric against Israel. He was […]

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