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Mar 19, 2020. 8 comments

Who Knew Tulsi Gabbard Was Still Running for President? Well, Those 4 People Are Going to Be Upset to Learn That She’s Dropped Out

Who Knew Tulsi Gabbard Was Still Running for President? Well, Those 4 People Are Going to Be Upset to Learn That She’s Dropped Out

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Russia’s favorite operative not named Donald Trump, has officially dropped out of the race for Democratic presidential candidate. Gabbard is the woman who calls you three years into your new marriage to tell you that she’s moved on. Gabbard is the woman that wants the McDonald’s manager to explain why she can’t get a McDLT. She is the woman who stayed in...

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Feb 04, 2020. 11 comments

A Star Washington Post Reporter Called Out a Racial Blindspot in an Article. Leadership Threatened to Fire Him

A Star Washington Post Reporter Called Out a Racial Blindspot in an Article. Leadership Threatened to Fire Him

Following last week’s debacle at the Washington Post over a staffer’s Kobe Bryant tweets, a new article published Monday morning from the Daily Beast establishes that the Post has had ongoing issues over its stringent social media policy.

Last year, that policy was used to threaten Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery’s job.

According to the Daily Beast, Lowery, who is black, was...

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Jan 29, 2020. 20 comments

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Jan 20, 2020. 16 comments

NAACP Lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill Blasts Amtrak Conductor for Asking Her to Give Up Seat

NAACP Lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill Blasts Amtrak Conductor for Asking Her to Give Up Seat

They got the right one on the wrong day!

The head of NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund went off on social media about an Amtrak employee who asked her to give up her seat on the train to accommodate someone else—on the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

WTF Is Really Going On?

Sherrilyn Ifill nearly broke the internet when she tweeted about the incident, claiming a conductor asked...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 19, 2019. 8 comments

Report Finds Media More Likely to Cite Video Games as Factor in Shootings When Suspect Is White

Report Finds Media More Likely to Cite Video Games as Factor in Shootings When Suspect Is White

Researchers have long discredited the link between video games and gun violence—more specifically, mass shootings. But not only is the narrative false, like many other facets of American life, it’s also touched by race.

A new report, published Monday in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture (pdf), combines two experiments that come to similar conclusions: people are more likely to...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Sep 16, 2019. 17 comments

Candace Owens Defends MAGA in a Room Full of Black People and It Ends Exactly How You Expect It Would

Candace Owens Defends MAGA in a Room Full of Black People and It Ends Exactly How You Expect It Would

The slogan “Make America Great Again” infamously became popularized in 2016 as a rallying cry for conservatives, white supremacists, and other sycophants and deplorables before eventually propelling Donald John Trump—a woefully underqualified xenophobe accused of everything from collusion to fraud to multiple instances of sexual misconduct—into the White House. The phrase has been...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Sep 07, 2019. 23 comments

‘Octoroon,’ ‘Mulatto’ or ‘Aryan’: Couples Sue Virginia to Stop It From Forcing People to Choose a Race in Order to Get a Marriage License

‘Octoroon,’ ‘Mulatto’ or ‘Aryan’: Couples Sue Virginia to Stop It From Forcing People to Choose a Race in Order to Get a Marriage License

Three couples in Virginia are invoking the names of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple whose fight to be legally wed led to the striking down of laws banning interracial marriage, in their quest to stop Virginia from requiring racial ID — including outdated or outright offensive terms like “quadroon,” “mulatto” and “Aryan” —  in order to get a marriage license.

The law in question dates to...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 20, 2019. 22 comments

Please Watch ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Give a Lesson on How to Use Privilege to Be an Ally

Please Watch ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Give a Lesson on How to Use Privilege to Be an Ally

Sometimes, the pressure to do and say what’s right outweighs political position, or political correctness, and even employment. Sometimes something is so wrong that it is impossible not to call it such. Sometimes a public platform must become a public pulpit in order to help change things.

On Thursday, ESPN radio and TV personality Dan Le Batard lit a match and burned shit down. He called out...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 16, 2019. 2 comments

‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered
“Some might think that breaking barriers means you start out on one side of the barrier and then you just turn up on the other side of the barrier...No, there’s breaking involved. And when you break things, it’s painful. You get hurt, you may get cut and you may bleed. It will be worth it, but it is not without pain.” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Of the many Democratic candidates campaigning for the...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot May 22, 2019. 22 comments

Russia Wanted to Start a Race War and Create the Confederate States of Wakanda

Russia Wanted to Start a Race War and Create the Confederate States of Wakanda

Recently uncovered documents reveal that prominent Russian saboteurs seriously considered an elaborate plot to round up America’s top gang thugs, send them to Africa, arm them, take over the Southern United States and start a separate country where presumably “Knuck If You Buck” would be the national anthem.

This might be the stupidest idea in history. Imagine how dumb an entire group of...

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Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing Apr 27, 2019. 4 comments

Skin Deep: Appreciation for Dark Brown Flesh-Colored Bandage Goes Viral

Skin Deep: Appreciation for Dark Brown Flesh-Colored Bandage Goes Viral

“It’s taken me 45 trips around the sun, but for the first time in my life I know what it feels like to have a ‘band-aid’ in my own skin tone,” 45-year-old Apollon wrote last week about his Tru Colour bandage. “You can barely even spot it in the first image. For real I’m holding back tears.”

Apollon, who works as vice president of research for Race Forward, isn’t alone in this sentiment. The...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Apr 18, 2019. 20 comments

Trolls Gonna Troll: Kid Killer George Zimmerman Reportedly Using Fake Name to Trap Girls on Tinder

Trolls Gonna Troll: Kid Killer George Zimmerman Reportedly Using Fake Name to Trap Girls on Tinder

In news of the creeper variety, apparently Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, is looking for love online—and using a fake name to do it.

Zimmerman, who got off scot-free on murder charges after admittedly stalking and fatally shooting Trayvon in 2012, is reportedly stalking the interwebs (Tinder to be exact) for l’amour, using the fake name “Carter,” according to Creative Loafing Tampa...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Feb 05, 2019. 9 comments

Trump: Hey Blacks, Look at These Unemployment Rates and Criminal Justice Reform. We Good?

Trump: Hey Blacks, Look at These Unemployment Rates and Criminal Justice Reform. We Good?

On Sunday, Trump sat down with Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan to slosh his way through a number of topics including: football, troops in Afghanistan, his dumb-ass border wall and race.

While most of his answers were a massive word gumbo, his answers on race may have been the most telling. Whenever Trump talks about race he usually pivots to two areas to show that he’s down with the...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 21, 2019. 20 comments

Martin Luther King Jr. and the White Delusion of a 'Non-Racist' America

Martin Luther King Jr. and the White Delusion of a 'Non-Racist' America

There are two MLKs.

There once was a man named Martin Luther King Jr. who actually lived and breathed. He was a radical who believed in the redistribution of wealth, argued for slave reparations and that wrote that moderate whites who didn’t speak out on racism were just as bad as the Ku Klux Klan. Seventy-five percent of Americans disapproved of that man when he was killed by a white...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jan 17, 2019. 7 comments

America. In Black.: A VSB Essay Series About the Unique and Individual Experiences of Black People in America

America. In Black.: A VSB Essay Series About the Unique and Individual Experiences of Black People in America
America. In Black.America. In Black. is a weekly essay series that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.  

One of the best parts about VSB over the course of our existence—which is going on 11 years(!!!!!) come March—is that we’ve had the opportunity to write about and share many different aspects of blackness in America. Some of it has been serious and some of it...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 17, 2019. 22 comments

Do White People Have Higher IQs?

Do White People Have Higher IQs?
Explain Like I’m a Racist 5-Year-OldLike the popular subreddit “Explain Like I’m 5," which simplifies complex issues into easily understandable, digestible bites, “Explain Like I’m a Racist 5-Year-Old” breaks down complicated subjects on the intersection of race, economics and politics, making them so simple, even a bigoted toddler could understand them.  

Sick Kyle!

Hey racist baby! Who’s...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 14, 2019. 13 comments

CBS News Just Announced Their Team of Journalists Covering the 2020 Presidential Election. Guess How Many of Them Aren't Black?

CBS News Just Announced Their Team of Journalists Covering the 2020 Presidential Election. Guess How Many of Them Aren't Black?

It’s not exactly a secret that our country is in turmoil.

As our sociopathic Liar-in-Chief descends further into lunacy with each passing day, there are hundreds of thousands of federal workers who remain unpaid (for a record-breaking 23 days and counting) until his temper tantrum over building a $5.7 billion border wall reaches its infantile end.

During which, we have airport terminals...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Dec 07, 2018.

Mich. High School Responds to ‘Deplorable’ Video of Students’ Racist Rant

Mich. High School Responds to ‘Deplorable’ Video of Students’ Racist Rant

A Michigan community is outraged after high school students were seen in video saying horrific, racist things, prompting a widespread response at their school.

In an email sent to students, parents and teachers Wednesday, Grosse Pointe South High School Principal Moussa Hamka described the video, blasting it as "deplorable" and a clear violation of the school's code of conduct, the Detroit...

Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Nov 29, 2018.

Black Judge Removed From Philando Castile Shooting Case

Black Judge Removed From Philando Castile Shooting Case

Lawyers representing St. Anthony, Minn., Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile filed a notice to remove a black judge—Ramsey County, Minn.'s second-most-senior judge—from the case, the Star Tribune reports.

According to the report, the notice to remove Ramsey County District Court Judge Edward Wilson was filed Thursday, citing a rule of the state's criminal...

Terrell Jermaine Starr Terrell Jermaine Starr Nov 27, 2018. 5 comments

Group Made Its Way Through Mississippi Before Senate Runoff to Get Black People to Register to Vote—and to Understand Their Political Power

Group Made Its Way Through Mississippi Before Senate Runoff to Get Black People to Register to Vote—and to Understand Their Political Power

TUNICA, Miss.—Devin Gordon was standing outside his second-floor apartment when LaTosha Brown asked to have a chat.

“How you doing young man?” Brown asked. “Can we talk to you for a second?”

She was out canvassing the neighborhood with Tunica Teens In Action, a local organization that helps young people become politically engaged, when one of its members knocked on Gordon’s door and asked if he...

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