race relations

Race and Diversity
5:06 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

University Of Oklahoma's New Diversity Chief: 'We Can Do Better'

Tape with the word "UNHEARD" covers the mouth of the sculpture "The Sower" at the University of Oklahoma on March 11, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. The statue was marked by the black student group OU UNHEARD at the university. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 2:23 pm

The University of Oklahoma’s first chief diversity officer starts his new job soon, three months after the university kicked out a fraternity and expelled two students who were seen on video leading a racist chant.

University president David Boren was praised for acting swiftly once the video was made public last month. But the University of Oklahoma is one of only four schools in the Big 12 Conference without a chief diversity officer.

Some minority students at the university are asking, what took the university president so long to hire one?

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Code Switch
10:28 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Some Key Facts We've Learned About Police Shootings Over The Past Year

Makeshift memorials to Walter Scott sprouted up at the scene of his fatal encounter with Michael Slager, the police officer who shot him in the back as he ran away following a routine traffic stop.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:25 am

We've done a lot of writing and reporting at Code Switch over the past year on deadly police shootings of unarmed black people, cases that have become such a part of our landscape that they have a tendency to melt into each other. Indeed, sometimes the pattern of facts seems to barely change: Just last fall, we followed the story of an unarmed black man in South Carolina who was shot following a police traffic stop.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:29 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Theater Group Challenges Audiences To Think (and Laugh) About Race

Ric Salinas performs in "Muse & Morros." (Paul Marotta)

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:38 pm

The San Francisco-based group Culture Clash started some 30 years ago at a Cinco de Mayo event with six members, eventually winnowing down to three: Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza. Though they had a brief foray into television in the 1990s, Culture Clash finds its primary home in the theater.

The group often skewers stereotypes of Latinos and other minorities. They also enact the stories of people they interview, including a Muslim cab driver, a survivor of priest sexual abuse, and a transgender AIDS health worker.

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2:13 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Changing The Conversation With #IAmAStatistic

(L-R) Neil Osborne, Max Tilus,Tyler Holness, and Jack McGoldrick are behind "Statistic" -- to change the conversation about African-American men. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 11:19 pm

Over the past few months, a light has been shined on the African-American man’s experience, especially in relation to law enforcement.

Throughout the conversation, much attention has been given to statistics: how many African-American men go to jail, graduate high school and go to college.

Many of these statistics reflect African-American men’s experiences in a negative light, but what if the statistics focused on their positive accomplishments?

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Oklahoma Watch
10:15 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Beyond The Racist Chant: The Facts About Black Inequality In Oklahoma

Predominantly black northeast Oklahoma City is plagued by abandoned and vacant homes.
Shawntel Brown Oklahoma Watch

Recent controversy over a racist chant at a University of Oklahoma fraternity focused attention on the state’s race relations. But the numbers beneath the headlines perhaps cast a longer shadow.

By almost every metric, blacks struggle in most of the quality-of-life factors in the state. Oklahoma is first in the nation, per capita, for blacks to die at the hands of police officers among states reporting. Blacks are about half as likely to own a home, are more likely to go to prison, less likely to go to college and less likely to graduate.

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2:04 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Stereotypes, Unconscious Biases And Minorities In The Tech Industry

A Google logo is seen through windows of Moscone Center in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012 in California. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/GettyImages)

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 7:45 am

This week Apple unveiled a new set of emoji with five different skin tones, after complaints that the old emoji weren’t racially diverse. But many people think that the entire technology industry needs to become more diverse.

Erica Baker is a site reliability engineer at Google, and as an African-American woman, she’s a rarity in the company and in her field.

She spoke with Here & Now’s Robin Young about her experiences working in tech all over the country.

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Politics and Government
8:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Proposed Legislation Would Require Increased Race And Diversity Training For Law Enforcement

Oklahoma Representative George Young, District 99, D-Oklahoma City
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

State police officers would go through increased racial sensitivity and diversity training if a bill filed for this session is approved by lawmakers.

HB2047, by Rep. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, would require the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training to, by Jan. 1, 2016, to include a number of requirements.

The bill requires basic training courses for law enforcement certification to include a minimum of four hours of diversity training and racial sensitivity education.

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Code Switch
5:33 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Families Want Federal Investigations Into Black Men's Deaths

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attends a meeting with the My Brother's Keeper Task Force in May. He announced today that he is stepping down from his job.
Olivier Douliery/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 6:29 pm

The families of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot last month by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner, who died in July after being placed in a chokehold by an officer in New York, called on the Justice Department to take the lead in the investigations into the two deaths.

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Oklahoma News
7:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

OKC Rally Focuses On Race And Police issues

More than 100 people turned out at the Oklahoma Capitol on Thursday to rally and discuss race-related issues and seek ways to educate themselves and police.

The rally comes in response to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and subsequent protests. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot to death by a white police officer.

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Missouri Protests
1:49 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Arrest Of Journalists In Ferguson Raises More Questions About Police Conduct

A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:36 pm

Two journalists were arrested and detained in Ferguson, Missouri, last night, amid high tensions following the death of teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer.

NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what these arrests say about the media covering the situation in Ferguson, and what this could reveal about how police are treating locals.

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