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Graphic Design Company Receives Backlash After Naming New Product ‘The Hanging Tree’ and Using Noose Imagery

A new company has decided that naming its new graphic design set “The Hanging Tree” and using a noose in advertisements for its set of thematic photographic images isn’t offensive to anyone at all.

Tonight: Premiering on BET, “The Book of Negroes” mini-series

Based on the award-winning novel by Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes tells the story of Aminata Diallo after her capture and the pain she endured as part of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Starring Aunjanue Ellis as well as Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., The Book of Negroes will premiere as an epic miniseries that highlights Aminata’s powerful journey.

For South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Generation, Discontent Grows

The “born frees” have begun to question their country’s leadership amid rampant unemployment, limited opportunity and entrenched political corruption.

Workers Awarded $15,000,000 After Bosses Called Them ‘N–gers’ and Separated Them by Race

Seven Denver warehouse workers were awarded some $15 million after a federal judge found that bosses separated the blacks from other workers because of their race and called them n–gers and “lazy, stupid Africans.”

History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names

On Tuesday, the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., released a report on the history of lynchings in the United States, the result of five years of research and 160 visits to sites around the South. The authors of the report compiled an inventory of 3,959 victims of “racial terror lynchings” in 12 Southern states from 1877 to 1950.

3 White Mississippi Men Sentenced For Hate Crimes, Including Running Over Black Man

Three white men who pleaded guilty in Mississippi to hate crimes that included a black man’s death after he was beaten and run over were sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to between seven and 50 years in prison.

‘Black Lives Matter’ Course To Be Offered At Dartmouth University

Dartmouth is set to offer a course titled “10 Weeks, 10 Professors: #BlackLivesMatter,” centered around racial inequality and violence in America.

SC High School Students Redecorate Rock Vandalized With Racist Message

A large rock in front of South Pointe High School was spray-painted “Happy N–ger Month” over the weekend, but students decided to turn that message into a teachable moment.

‘Happy N***** Month’: ‘KKK’ defaces South Carolina high school to mock first day of Black History Month

A South Carolina high school was defaced with racist graffiti on the first day of Black History Month. The spray-painted message read ‘Happy N****r Month’ and was signed ‘KKK.’

NYPD Unveils Anti-Terrorism Unit To Deal With Protesters

By Hilary Hanson, the Huffington Post The New York Police Department is developing a new anti-terrorism unit that will be deployed, in part, to contend with protestors. The “Strategic Response Group,” a unit of approximately 350 officers, will handle “disorder control and counterterrorism protection capabilities, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Thursday, according to CBS New…

Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Will No Longer Face Charges

Joseph Weekley, the Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping 7-year-old girl, will not be retried, officials said Wednesday.

Fired McDonald’s Employees: We Were Told, ‘Too Many Black People’ Working in the Store

Ten former employees at three different Virginia locations of the chain restaurant allege in a lawsuit that they were fired because of their race

Woman Shocked to See Brother’s Mug Shot Used as Police Target Practice

Police snipers in North Miami Beach, Florida used mug shots of black suspects for target practice at a shooting range.

Poll: 50% of Americans Say Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Since Obama Took Office

Nearly 50 percent of Americans said that race relations in the U.S. “have gotten worse” since Obama took office and a mere 15 percent said that race relations had improved under Obama’s tenure, results from an Al Jazeera and Monmouth University poll reveal.

Jamal Rutledge, Florida Teen, Honored For Saving Cop’s Life After Arrest

Officer Franklin Foulks, 49, was completing booking paperwork on Jamal Rutledge,17, when he collapsed to the floor clutching at his chest. Rutledge, who was in handcuffs, sprang into action. He kicked at the security door and yelled for help, alerting other officers to the emergency.

Diversity Targeted in ‘White Genocide’ Billboard Near Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL, billboard targets diversity as an attack on whites.

George Zimmerman Arrested On Aggravated Assault Charge

George Zimmerman, acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.

Remembering the Black Holocaust

Dr. Fran Kaplan, Coordinator of America’s Black Holocaust Virtual Museum [Fall 2011-Fall 2017], speaks about the online museum and how, as a white woman, she became involved.

LeBron James wears ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirt for warmups

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers wears an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt at the Barclays Center.

New York Mayor Details Talk with Biracial Son on Dealing with Police

BY: STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR., theroot.com New York mayor Bill de Blasio made waves with the police union last week after comments that his biracial son needed to take special precautions when dealing with police. According to the Huffington Post, De Blasio commented that after the Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict an…

Daniel Pantaleo’s ‘Apology’ to Eric Garner’s Family Was Just Plain Sorry

BY: JOHN MCWHORTER, theroot.com We’ve heard much over the past week about how Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson’s description of Michael Brown as a “demon” suggests that Wilson didn’t see Brown—and by extension doesn’t see black people in general—as fully human. And while these are different cases, in the wake of the failure to…