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News You Can Choose: Iowa Bar Cancels MLK-Themed Keg Party News You Can Choose: Iowa Bar Cancels MLK-Themed Keg Party

Note: To read the story of how an Iowa bar callously disrespected the legacy and the name of Martin Luther King Jr., please read the plain type. To read the story about how an Iowa bar came to its senses and apologized for its offensive, racist actions, follow the story in bold type.

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Black Lists The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Black Lists

A list of reasons why, each week, the Clapback Mailbag responds to emails, direct messages, tweets and comments from readers:

Texas Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem Resign Amid Accusations of Using City Funds to See Michelle Obama Texas Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem Resign Amid Accusations of Using City Funds to See Michelle Obama

The mayor of a Texas town and the mayor pro-tem announced they were both “becoming” unemployed after they were accused of using more than $1,000 of the city’s funds to attend Michelle Obama’s book tour, prompting some residents of the north Texas town to defend the officials with the untested legal defense of:

'She's Black. I Hate That': Dance Coach Told Student Her Skin Was 'Too Dark,' Suit Claims 'She's Black. I Hate That': Dance Coach Told Student Her Skin Was 'Too Dark,' Suit Claims

Before reading this any further, allow me to inform you that this is not one of those cases that can be whitesplained away by people who purchase their motor oil and clothing from the same place. It wasn’t a “simple misunderstanding.” These people were not “set in their ways.” These were old-school, “we don’t like …

Sounds About White: Colonizer 'Artist' Gentrifies African Desert With Whitest Song Ever Sounds About White: Colonizer 'Artist' Gentrifies African Desert With Whitest Song Ever

One day in the not-too-distant future, when the nearest star to our galaxy suddenly collapses, a group of astrophysicists from around the globe will convene to discuss the theoretical physics of the interplanetary incident. One of these researchers, we shall call him Chadwick, will bravely step forward and propose a…

You Can’t Be Mad at Big Boi and Travis Scott If You Watch the NFL You Can’t Be Mad at Big Boi and Travis Scott If You Watch the NFL

Colin Kaepernick will probably never play another down of football in the NFL and we don’t care.

Racist Shows Up to Harass Black Woman at  Press Conference Announcing He Won't Be Charged For Harassing Black Woman Racist Shows Up to Harass Black Woman at  Press Conference Announcing He Won't Be Charged For Harassing Black Woman

At a press conference, Monday, Vermont’s chief law enforcement officer almost completed one of the greatest performances of whitesplaining in recent history as he announced that he wouldn’t file charges against a white nationalist who allegedly stalked, harassed and terrified one of the state’s only black lawmakers.

Man Leaves 2 Pounds of Weed in Uber, Tries to Retrieve It From Cops Man Leaves 2 Pounds of Weed in Uber, Tries to Retrieve It From Cops

A Pennsylvania man who was clearly trying to spread joy to the world during the holiday season discovered that securing the bag was not as easy as it looks. After he tried to retrieve two pounds of marijuana he allegedly left in an Uber, he found himself in handcuffs.

NJ Officials Are Still Targeting the High School Wrestler Who Was Forced to Cut His Dreadlocks NJ Officials Are Still Targeting the High School Wrestler Who Was Forced to Cut His Dreadlocks

A New Jersey high school student whose dreadlocks were lopped off after he was forced to choose between forfeiting a wrestling match or cutting his hair, is still being scrutinized about his hairstyle, according to the teen’s attorney.

Black Twitter Provides Generous Donation of Shade After Travis Scott, Big Boi Agree to Perform at Super Bowl Black Twitter Provides Generous Donation of Shade After Travis Scott, Big Boi Agree to Perform at Super Bowl

Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend and the half of Outkast not named Andre 3000 are set to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show with the Great Value Rolling Stones after the National Football League announced that Big Boi and Travis Scott will join Maroon 5 at Super Bowl LIII (which is, appropriately, almost “liiit”),…

North Carolina Man Arrested After Video of Him Brutally Punching Black Girl Goes Viral North Carolina Man Arrested After Video of Him Brutally Punching Black Girl Goes Viral

A North Carolina man was arrested on Saturday after video showed him pushing and punching a girl at a local mall as he was surrounded by dozens of onlookers.

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: What Anyone Would Do The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: What Anyone Would Do

A few weeks ago, I went to a comedy show to see one of my best friends perform. As I walked in, I noticed a dude wearing a dashiki and a baseball cap with a silhouette of Africa and his white girlfriend whispering and staring at me. Since I figured out that my mother had been lying to me for the first 12 years of my…

How Kamala Harris, a Tweet and a Pink and Green ‘Screech’ Proves We Need More Black Journalists How Kamala Harris, a Tweet and a Pink and Green ‘Screech’ Proves We Need More Black Journalists

Just below the reported Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; immediately after the quiet white kid in class wearing the trenchcoat who doodles swastikas in the margins of his Social Studies book; ranks the third-place winner of people you don’t want mad at you:

Backlash Grows After Civil Rights Institute Reneges on Angela Davis Honor Backlash Grows After Civil Rights Institute Reneges on Angela Davis Honor

The fallout behind one of the most respected civil rights museums’ snub of freedom fighter Angela Davis continued this week with an exodus of board members and widespread condemnation from activists, scholars, and donors around the world.

Crazy White People News Roundup: Swords, Shafts and Becky With the Bad Attitude Crazy White People News Roundup: Swords, Shafts and Becky With the Bad Attitude

Every so often, for the sake of equal time, we find it useful to take our focus off of the negro-related news and see what white people have been up to, lately.

#BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History #BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History

When the comedy Little hits theaters this spring, aside from featuring some of the industry’s biggest stars, the film will also make history. For at least a few months, 14-year-old Marsai Martin will hold the title as the youngest executive producer of a major Hollywood motion picture in history.

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