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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: A Basket of Horribles The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: A Basket of Horribles

I am currently suffering from the flu and feel like I’m going to die. But because of my dedication to the readers of The Root, I crawled out of bed to respond to a few emails, tweets, comments and direct messages we receive during the week. (And because, when I told my editor, Yesha Callahan, about my sickness, she…

What the Hell Is ‘Unapologetically White’? What the Hell Is ‘Unapologetically White’?

I’ve seen people on social media say they were “unapologetically Keisha,” or “unapologetically black,” but I’ve never been down with the “unapologetic” movement. Not because I think it’s a groupthink catchphrase, but because I have no idea what it means. I’ve never had anyone come up to me and ask me to apologize for…

Reality TV ‘Star’ You Never Heard of Sues Delta Sigma Theta for Taking Her Letters Over Ratchet Reality Show Reality TV ‘Star’ You Never Heard of Sues Delta Sigma Theta for Taking Her Letters Over Ratchet Reality Show

A woman cast on a canceled VH1 reality series is suing her sorority because she claims they kicked her to the curb for the tiny, petty little reason that she was capitalizing off the sorority’s name while simultaneously acting like an inebriated feral Chihuahua on national television.

White Supremacists Killed More People in US in 2017 Than Muslims, Antifa and Kneeling NFL Players Combined White Supremacists Killed More People in US in 2017 Than Muslims, Antifa and Kneeling NFL Players Combined

Ladies and gentlemen, after tabulating the votes for all of the scary, terrorist bogeymen who killed American citizens in 2017, the award for the Domestic Extremists of the Year goes to:

Aziz Ansari and Shitholes: Men Understand Consent Like White America Understands Racism Aziz Ansari and Shitholes: Men Understand Consent Like White America Understands Racism

America is still in the throes of two ear-deafening shouting matches over private episodes that somehow became public knowledge. Although they were vastly different occurrences, they parallel each other in that the responses to both incidents were both loud and angry.

Couple Kept Their 13 Children in Chains, Which Raises Question: What Kind of White-People Mess Is ‘QuiverFull’? Couple Kept Their 13 Children in Chains, Which Raises Question: What Kind of White-People Mess Is ‘QuiverFull’?

A creepy-looking California couple were arrested after authorities said they found 13 of their offspring, including seven adults, malnourished and chained to beds in their suburban home Sunday.

Woman Sprays Her Own Face With Acid, Blames It on Black Woman Woman Sprays Her Own Face With Acid, Blames It on Black Woman

A poor, defenseless lady suffered horrific facial injuries when someone sprayed her face with acid during a brutal attack. Law enforcement officers immediately began the manhunt for the suspect, described by the victim as a black woman in her mid-40s. When police ultimately apprehended the suspect, the culprit turned…

‘Dumb Black Asses’ and ‘You Stupid Monkeys’ Signs Posted at University of South Carolina for MLK Day ‘Dumb Black Asses’ and ‘You Stupid Monkeys’ Signs Posted at University of South Carolina for MLK Day

Black students at the University of South Carolina received a warm welcome on the first day of classes when students discovered racist signs posted on a campus bulletin board.

Damn, Kevin Spacey. Are You an N-Word-Dropping Racist, Too? Damn, Kevin Spacey. Are You an N-Word-Dropping Racist, Too?

The award-winning actor and alleged child molester Kevin Spacey has now been accused of racism by the owner of an all-black security company who provided security on the set of the series House of Cards. (To be clear, when we call Spacey “award-winning,” we are referring to his 2000 best actor Oscar for American…

Forbes’ 10 Cities Where African Americans Are Doing the Best Economically Are All in the South Forbes’ 10 Cities Where African Americans Are Doing the Best Economically Are All in the South

When Forbes began its annual ranking of the places where black people are doing the best economically, many people probably assumed that the list would be filled with places in the North and the West, culminating in the city where residents are required to own at least one pair of Timberlands and everyone’s last name…

Watch: Black Colleges in the Age of Trump Chronicles Donald Trump’s Treatment of HBCUs Watch: Black Colleges in the Age of Trump Chronicles Donald Trump’s Treatment of HBCUs

When Stanley Nelson agreed to discuss his new op-ed documentary on HBCUs’ strained relationship with the Trump administration, I struggled to find the terms to describe him.

Bootleg Booty-Injection Killer Dies In Jail Bootleg Booty-Injection Killer Dies In Jail

The woman convicted of the “depraved heart” murder of another woman after a black market silicone butt implant has died in jail, less than three-and-a-half years into her life sentence.

The Least Racist People You Know, Ranked The Least Racist People You Know, Ranked

On Friday the erratic, bigoted dotard who somehow thinks that he can obscure his intelligence deficiency by simply declaring that he is, most assuredly, a “very stable genius,” once again tried to Jedi-mind-trick America into believing that he isn’t an unhooded Klansman when he proclaimed that he was “the least racist…

Mike Pence Turned Beet Red During MLK Service as Black Preacher Went Off About ‘Shithole’ Remarks Mike Pence Turned Beet Red During MLK Service as Black Preacher Went Off About ‘Shithole’ Remarks

Everyone in the black community knows that there are three people who can dismantle your soul and crush your spirit using nothing but words: the oldest barber at any barbershop, a black mother whose child forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer and—worst of all—a black Baptist preacher. According to the Colt 45…

What Martin Luther King Jr. Would Say About White People and Their ‘Shithole’ Silence What Martin Luther King Jr. Would Say About White People and Their ‘Shithole’ Silence

Noor Salman has never killed a human being. She has never injured anyone. She doesn’t even have a criminal record. But after her husband massacred 49 people in Orlando, Fla.’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, an FBI agent said that he “realized that she knew” about the attack. The FBI also discovered that Salman may…

The Caucasian Panthers: Meet the Rednecks Armed, Ready and ’Bout That Anti-Racist Life The Caucasian Panthers: Meet the Rednecks Armed, Ready and ’Bout That Anti-Racist Life

On Dec. 4, 1969, law enforcement officers raided a home at 2337 Monroe St. in Chicago. First they killed Mark Clark, who sat by the door with a shotgun. Then they trained their gunfire on the south bedroom and opened fire. When the cops stopped firing, they pulled the 21-year-old chairman of the Illinois Black Panther…

Barack Obama’s Interview on David Letterman’s Netflix Show Doesn’t Mention the Goldfish Cracker in Chief Barack Obama’s Interview on David Letterman’s Netflix Show Doesn’t Mention the Goldfish Cracker in Chief

Former President Barack Obama sat down with David Letterman for the debut episode of the talk show legend’s Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The intimate, hourlong interview covered a wide range of subjects, ranging from Obama’s postpresidential family life to world events. There was only one subject…

Killer Mike: Oprah’s A’ight, but if I Had to Choose a Black Woman for President, I’d Pick ... Killer Mike: Oprah’s A’ight, but if I Had to Choose a Black Woman for President, I’d Pick ...

The white daredevils at TMZ who stop celebrities at the airport and shove cameras in their faces caught up with rapper and activist Killer Mike (not to be confused with me—Flesh-Wounder Mike) at Los Angeles International Airport and asked him about the hype surrounding the potential presidential candidacy of Oprah…

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Last Hotep The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Last Hotep

If you enjoy our weekly roundup of emails, tweets, direct messages, comments and that one voicemail we did months ago, you probably won’t like this edition of the Clapback Mailbag. You might not even recognize it.

The ‘Gay Agenda,’ Explained The ‘Gay Agenda,’ Explained

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