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America's racial reckoning

The latest news on the protests, boycotts and the fight against systemic racism that is reverberating around the country.

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How Pharrell Williams helped Virginia make Juneteenth a holiday

The artist proposed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to make Juneteenth a state holiday after the politician's racially offensive yearbook photo resurfaced in 2019.
Pharrell Williams performs during the second annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on Nov. 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas.
Pharrell Williams performs during the second annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on Nov. 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

Family of Alton Sterling accepts $4.5M settlement in fatal police shooting

Sterling, a Black man, was selling CDs outside a convenience store when he was fatally shot in 2016.
Image: Alton Sterling
Image: Alton Sterling

Bipartisan negotiators making progress on police reform bill

"We're closing that gap," Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said of the talks with his fellow lawmakers around qualified immunity for officers.
Image: Cory Booker, Tim Scott, Senators Briefed Behind Closed Doors By Government Agencies On Coronavirus Outbreak
Image: Cory Booker, Tim Scott, Senators Briefed Behind Closed Doors By Government Agencies On Coronavirus Outbreak

Appraisal industry faces onslaught of scrutiny over racial bias against Black homeowners

The largely insular appraisal industry of 78,000 is skewed over 85 percent white with less than 2 percent of appraisers identifying as Black.
Image: Jillian White
Image: Jillian White

Ellie Kemper apologizes for participating in Veiled Prophet debutante ball

"I was old enough to have educated myself before getting involved," the actor wrote in a post on Instagram.
Ellie Kemper speaks onstage during the Ad Council Dinner on Dec. 05, 2019, in New York.
Ellie Kemper speaks onstage during the Ad Council Dinner on Dec. 05, 2019, in New York.

More coffins found in Tulsa Race Massacre victims search

State archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck has estimated as many as 30 or more bodies could be at mass grave site.
Image: Tulsa Massacre
Image: Tulsa Massacre
18d ago

NFL to halt 'race-norming,' which assumed Black players had lower cognitive function

The practice made it harder for Black retirees to show a deficit and qualify for an award in the $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims.
Image: Najeh Davenport
Image: Najeh Davenport

California task force launches study of slave reparations

“We have lost more than we have ever taken from this country. We have given more than has ever been given to us,” said task force member and state Sen. Steven Bradford.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, calls on lawmakers to create a task force to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans in Sacramento, Calif., on June 11, 2020.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, calls on lawmakers to create a task force to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans in Sacramento, Calif., on June 11, 2020.

Black residents welcomed a city's local reparations program — until it took effect

A few months into a reparations program, Evanston, Illinois, is facing pushback from community members and legal pressure from conservative nonprofits.
Priscilla Giles stands in front of her childhood home in Evanston, Ill.
Priscilla Giles stands in front of her childhood home in Evanston, Ill.

Young Latinos see racism in their cultures — and they're calling their parents out on it

Latinos raised in the U.S. are challenging older relatives who are not as familiar with the nation's history — and its persistent racism.
Demonstrators lock arms and march during a protest in New York on June 14, 2020, following George Floyd's death.
Demonstrators lock arms and march during a protest in New York on June 14, 2020, following George Floyd's death.
23d ago

100 years later: How a 'Mecca for Black folks' became the sight of a horrific massacre

The city's "Black Wall Street" was among the most prosperous neighborhoods in America, and a Black utopia — and then it was burned to the ground.
Corner of Greenwood and Archer devastated in Tulsa, Okla., on June 1, 1921.
Corner of Greenwood and Archer devastated in Tulsa, Okla., on June 1, 1921.