Texas A&M cancels Sept. 11 “White Lives Matter” rally

Institutions are taking the time to be more cautious about allowing organizations to hold events on their campus following this past weekend’s horrific scene in Charlottesville, Virginia. They’re specifically thinking twice about welcoming known white supremacists – finally.

Texas A&M was being set up as the next battleground of racism and anti-racists during a scheduled “White Lives Matter” rally on Sept. 11. Thankfully, the university has cancelled the event in advance, according to Slate.

20-year-old Deandre Harris beaten at Charlottesville protest speaks out on experience

Deandre Harris, 20, is known throughout the world for the wrong reasons. Instead of his aspiring music career, he’s known for being the victim of a beating doled out by a group of white supremacists at this weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.

A photo was posted on Twitter that showed Harris on the ground as a group of men surround him with poles as they proceeded to hit him with them. Harris recently sat down for an interview with The Root about his horrific experience. 

Woman named Heather Heyer killed in car accident during Charlottesville white supremacist rally

**Trigger warning: vehicular violence, racial aggression**

An ugly scar that’s long been a part of the United States of America was exposed again this weekend as hundreds of white supremacists and racists gathered in Charlottesville, Va. to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

The tone of the already tense environment took a turn for the worse when this group was met by counter-protestors who were against their open gathering based on hate and bigotry.

Betty Shelby, who shot and killed Terence Crutcher, is officially a cop again

Betty Shelby is returning to law enforcement. If the significance of the name somehow escapes you, Shelby is the former Tulsa police officer who shot an unarmed Terence Crutcher and was found not guilty by a jury.

In a move that’s not all that surprising once you consider the culture of police departments, a nearby department has jumped in to offer her a job, according to the Tulsa World. Shelby will join the neighboring Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Scott Walton.

LeVar Burton

‘Reading Rainbow’ owner sues LeVar Burton

For many of us, LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow are one in the same. The familiar face hosted the PBS staple from 1983 to 2006 and introduced generations of children to stories they’d carry into adulthood. Today, he’s continuing that legacy with a podcast entitled LeVar Burton Reads.

While the effort is definitely commendable, it doesn’t come without its own headaches. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the broadcast network that owns the rights to Reading Rainbow filed a lawsuit against Burton for using intellectual property connected to the series on his podcast. 

University of Chicago Medicine

University of Chicago grad students will vote to unionize

A heavily debated topic in academia is whether or not graduate students should be considered students or university employees. Last year, Columbia University sent a shock through the system after ruling that they should be considered the latter and given benefits to reflect such. Universities across the country have slowly started to get involved in similar legal battles on their own campuses, including the University of Chicago. 

Betsy DeVos, Bethune Cookman

Betsy DeVos wishes she did more to “decry racism”

Out of all of the members of the Trump administration’s leadership, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be the closest to the top of black people’s sh*t list outside of Agent Orange and Attorney General Keebler. A large part of this goes back to her ill-advised comments in reference historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).