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Update: LA Fitness Fires 3 Employees for Going Full Starbucks on Black Customer in Viral Video Update: LA Fitness Fires 3 Employees for Going Full Starbucks on Black Customer in Viral Video

Updated Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:19 a.m. EDT: LA Fitness has fired the manager and two other employees at its Secaucus, N.J., location after staff members suggested that a black customer’s fitness routine should include at least one set of getting the fuck out their gym.

Trump Tweet About Immigrant ‘Breeding’ Invokes White Supremacist Rhetoric Trump Tweet About Immigrant ‘Breeding’ Invokes White Supremacist Rhetoric

I’m beginning to think Donald Trump has a punch card where he gets a stamp toward his white supremacist membership every time he makes an outwardly racist statement.

Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry Is More Than Just Your Paper Boi Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry Is More Than Just Your Paper Boi

I’ve often thought about making a list of TV and movie characters so beloved that the actors who play the roles become inextricably linked to the characters. Perhaps the greatest indicator of this phenomenon is when black audiences begin referring to actors by the roles they play.

White Actor Says He Can Play Black Character Because He Raps and Comes From ‘Urban Background’  White Actor Says He Can Play Black Character Because He Raps and Comes From ‘Urban Background’ 

A person of colonizing descent recently explained why it’s perfectly reasonable for him to play a black character on a new Netflix series, citing the fact that he raps, listens to black comedians, sponsors black youths and, most importantly, has an “urban background.”

Exclusive: Inside the Deadly South Carolina Prison Riot Where 7 Inmates Were Killed Exclusive: Inside the Deadly South Carolina Prison Riot Where 7 Inmates Were Killed

An inmate and a guard inside a South Carolina correctional facility spoke with The Root detailing conditions inside the facility and a massive gang fight that left seven prisoners dead and 17 inmates injured on Sunday.

Don’t Disrespect Our Anthems: 6 Black Songs Off-Limits to Taylor Swift and Other White Musicians Don’t Disrespect Our Anthems: 6 Black Songs Off-Limits to Taylor Swift and Other White Musicians

When I first called the Department of Homeland Security to report Taylor Swift for suspected terrorist activity, the federal agents hung up on me just as I was explaining why I didn’t consider Swift’s remake of “September” an attack on the legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire so much as I regarded it an assault on the…

Tale of the Tape: Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B Tale of the Tape: Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B

After releasing two songs on Thursday, rapper Nicki Minaj reignited her feud with the current princess of rap, Cardi B, because—if we’re being honest—we kinda forgot about the black female Max Headroom of hip-hop once we met Cardi.

Texas State University and the War on Whiteness Texas State University and the War on Whiteness

In a case that involves Alex Jones, white tears, a racist Instagram account, an Illuminati-like student body government and the indomitable Caucasian ability to fit itself through loopholes, students at Texas State University, San Marcos, have taken over the university’s student center after a failed bid to oust the…

The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Apologetically Black Friday The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Apologetically Black Friday

A few days ago, during a meeting, I asked The Root staff for more mailbag material. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be hate mail,” I said. “It could be anything worth responding to.”

This Is Probably My Last Day at The Root Before Janet Jackson Hires Me as a Backup Dancer This Is Probably My Last Day at The Root Before Janet Jackson Hires Me as a Backup Dancer

First, I’d like to apologize to Editor-in-Chief Danielle Belton for lying to her when she interviewed me for this position that it was my dream job. At that point in my life, I thought playing point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers or starting at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys was a long shot.

‘Diversity of Thought’ Is Just a Euphemism for ‘White Supremacy’ ‘Diversity of Thought’ Is Just a Euphemism for ‘White Supremacy’

Every so often a new phrase emerges that encapsulates the cunning Caucasian ability to keep power and dominance within their clutches by painting themselves as the oppressed class. Whether it is “reverse racism,” “Make America great again” or “separate but equal,” coining catchphrases as a means of maintaining white…

The Difference Between Soul Food and Southern Cuisine, Explained The Difference Between Soul Food and Southern Cuisine, Explained

I was recently alerted to a troubling trend in the food industry by someone who contacted me to voice their outrage. The concerned citizen explained that there was a large population of people who were confused, or were being intentionally misled, about the difference between soul food and the more widely available…

Who Put ‘It’s OK to Be White’ Cards in Diapers at Target? Who Put ‘It’s OK to Be White’ Cards in Diapers at Target?

In March, Target customers in different parts of the country began finding cards emblazoned with the phrase, “It’s OK to be white” in boxes of diapers purchased from the retail giant.

Meet the Koch-Funded, White Supremacist Professor Teaching at Florida Atlantic University Meet the Koch-Funded, White Supremacist Professor Teaching at Florida Atlantic University

On the surface, Marshall DeRosa’s résumé is extraordinary. He graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University as an undergraduate and went on to receive a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He has served as a professor teaching constitutional law and political theory for more than…

Sheriff of America’s Deadliest Police Force Caught on Camera Admitting Killing Suspects Is ‘Better Financially’ Sheriff of America’s Deadliest Police Force Caught on Camera Admitting Killing Suspects Is ‘Better Financially’

A recently discovered video of a California sheriff talking to law enforcement officers shows Kern County’s chief lawman explaining that killing citizens is better than wounding or injuring them because it costs less money and makes the family “go away.”

Report Details How Employees Scammed Howard University for Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Report Details How Employees Scammed Howard University for Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

A preliminary investigation detailing a recent financial scandal at Howard University was released on Monday and reveals that the malfeasance was more widespread than previously thought. Depending on one’s perspective, the report shows an egregious con job in which hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen from…

Atlanta, Donald Glover and the Invisibility of Black Genius Atlanta, Donald Glover and the Invisibility of Black Genius

A few weeks ago, a video surfaced of a white kid named Cooper participating in a step show. Cooper’s enthusiasm immediately made him a YouTube sensation.

10 Reasons Facebook Declared Trump’s Favorite Black Women, Diamond and Silk, ‘Unsafe’ 10 Reasons Facebook Declared Trump’s Favorite Black Women, Diamond and Silk, ‘Unsafe’

After being banned from Wakanda, in a blatant act of discrimination and an example of the erasure of women of color, Fox News commentators Diamond and Silk were deemed “unsafe to the community” by Facebook simply because they are black women liars who spread misinformation.

Joy Reid and Black Twitter Offer Several Seats to Killer Mike Joy Reid and Black Twitter Offer Several Seats to Killer Mike

It is a vicious, slow-spreading bacteria that has infected some of the most well-meaning people of our time. Most often poisoning pulpit dwellers, the malady causes the victim—who usually has insight in one particular area—to believe he is a genius with answers to everything, including economics, history, politics and…

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