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The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Gray Area The Root's Clapback Mailbag: The Gray Area

For too long, The Root has ignored an important segment of our readership. In our eagerness to answer the emails, tweets and messages, we have failed to address our biggest fans:

Black D.A. Kicked Off Alabama Mall Shooting Investigation Because of Old Facebook Photo Black D.A. Kicked Off Alabama Mall Shooting Investigation Because of Old Facebook Photo

As protests cripple the affluent Alabama town where a police officer shot and killed a black man on Thanksgiving night, the state’s attorney general has taken over the investigation, removing the first black man to serve as district attorney in the state’s largest county.

Trump’s Explanation for How Mexico Will Pay for Border Wall Is So Stupid Even Republicans Can’t Explain It Trump’s Explanation for How Mexico Will Pay for Border Wall Is So Stupid Even Republicans Can’t Explain It

I don’t find Donald Trump’s boasts about graduating from the famed Wharton business school troubling. Even though he doesn’t have an MBA or a degree in business (he transferred to Wharton and only earned a bachelor’s in economics), as a fellow Ivy League graduate, I sympathize with him (during grad school, I had…

Michael Cohen Said Trump Made Him Break the Law. Trump Tweets Cohen Should Have Known Better Michael Cohen Said Trump Made Him Break the Law. Trump Tweets Cohen Should Have Known Better

The president of people who buy gas-station hot dogs has awakened from his slumber, taken his morning bath in a mixture of antifreeze and peach Faygo, and started his daily tweeting regimen by explaining how he shouldn’t be held responsible for Michael Cohen’s illegal acts just because he may have told Cohen to break…

Pool Patrol Paula Pleads Guilty Pool Patrol Paula Pleads Guilty

The tartarsaucian who became known across the internet as “Pool Patrol Paula” has pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a black teenager whom she attacked for swimming in the same water as good, law-abiding white people.

Jury Clears Man Who Blasted 'F*ck Tha Police' at Cop Who Pulled Over Black Driver Jury Clears Man Who Blasted 'F*ck Tha Police' at Cop Who Pulled Over Black Driver

A Michigan jury took nine minutes to clear the greatest white ally ever, who went to trial after an officer took umbrage with him blasting “Fuck tha Police” in the presence of cops.

Someone Thought a High School Play With Students Wearing KKK Uniforms Was a Good Idea Someone Thought a High School Play With Students Wearing KKK Uniforms Was a Good Idea

During a brief period of incarceration when I was 12 years old, I learned some valuable life lessons. I was serving three days of in-school suspension for a locker-room fracas that broke out when I punched a classmate who called me a racial slur because I had secured the co-starring role in our junior high production…

Federal Court Rules Cops Can't Arrest You for Secretly Filming Them Federal Court Rules Cops Can't Arrest You for Secretly Filming Them

Contrary to popular belief, in many states, recording the police is a crime.

Confronted by Black Lives Matter Activist, Tennessee Governor Says He’s Considering Clemency for Cyntoia Brown  Confronted by Black Lives Matter Activist, Tennessee Governor Says He’s Considering Clemency for Cyntoia Brown 

Questioned by a Black Lives Matter activist during a recent speaking engagement, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced that his office is considering offering clemency to Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Kevin Hart’s Comedy Is a Stupid Hill to Die On Kevin Hart’s Comedy Is a Stupid Hill to Die On

A brief list of names I’ve been called:

Teacher Apologizes After Banning Afros, Other ‘Outlandish Hairstyles’ From Student Concert Teacher Apologizes After Banning Afros, Other ‘Outlandish Hairstyles’ From Student Concert

District officials at an Ohio middle school have clarified their dress policy after a teacher’s letter banning Afros, barber’s designs and other “outlandish” hairstyles from an upcoming student performance sparked outrage.

A Couple Photographed Themselves Having Sex at the Great Pyramid and I Have Questions A Couple Photographed Themselves Having Sex at the Great Pyramid and I Have Questions

A couple who took selfies while engaged in what appears to be a sexual act atop one of the Eight Wonders of the World (my aunt Phyllis’ fried chicken was recently approved by the World Wonder sanctioning body) has sparked international outrage and prompted a necessary question:

Why They Kneel: Why Don’t Police Kill More White People? Why They Kneel: Why Don’t Police Kill More White People?

To examine the injustice and inequality that prompted some NFL players to protest during the national anthem, each week, for the remainder of the NFL season, The Root will explore the data behind racial disparities in the two cities represented in the National Football League’s premiere matchup—Monday Night Football.

'Slave Bible' Converted Slaves to Christianity by Omitting Parts That Could Lead to Uprising 'Slave Bible' Converted Slaves to Christianity by Omitting Parts That Could Lead to Uprising

A new exhibit at a Washington, D.C., museum featuring an abridged version of the Bible sheds light on how Christian missionaries converted enslaved Africans to Christianity by teaching them the Gospel... except the parts about freedom, equality and resistance.

I Told Y’all: Donald Trump Can’t Read I Told Y’all: Donald Trump Can’t Read

The opinions expressed in this article are the sole opinions of Michael Harriot. This is in no way meant to demean the puss-filled presidential wart fucking up America’s face. Anyone thinking of attributing these thoughts to someone else should note that this is typed in italics which, I’m pretty sure, makes it…

The Root's Clapback Mailbag: What the FAWQ? The Root's Clapback Mailbag: What the FAWQ?

Don’t you hate when you go see one of your favorite artists in concert, but instead of the hits, they play songs from their new project?

Virginia College, Other For-Profit Institutions, Abruptly Close Campuses Across the Country Virginia College, Other For-Profit Institutions, Abruptly Close Campuses Across the Country

Thousands of students furthering their education at for-profit institutions discovered on Wednesday their college was shutting down.

The North Carolina Republican Voter Fraud Scandal, Explained to a Racist 5-Year-Old The North Carolina Republican Voter Fraud Scandal, Explained to a Racist 5-Year-Old

Like the popular subreddit “Explain Like I’m 5" (ELI5) which simplifies complex issues into easily understandable, digestible bites, our “Explain Like I’m a Racist 5-Year-Old” series breaks down complicated subjects on the intersection of race, economics and politics, making them so simple, even a bigoted toddler…

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