racism

Racist 'Alt-Right' Movement Reeling After String Of Setbacks

May 16, 2018
Richard Spencer
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Led from a courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday, one of the nation's most recognizable white nationalists will have 38 days behind bars to ponder the dizzying demise of the group he led before his arrest exposed a bizarre sex scandal.

"Racist."

Some people hear that word and picture a hood-wearing, cross-burning bigot. Others think more abstractly — they hear racist and think of policies, institutions, laws and language.

Jerry Horton / Cleveland State University

Marion Motley Playfields is a park on Cleveland’s east side. Named for a local pro football star, it has grassy fields, baseball diamonds and hills.

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An African-American church in Kent has been vandalized for the second time within the last few months.

Evolving Policing

Sep 28, 2017
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Last year during this month, 13 year old Ty're King was shot by Columbus police. Now this year national and local incidents of violence and death occurring from police interactions with the Black communities continue to strain tensions between the two. Hear from community members, experts and police on what is or isn't changing with policing and learn about an event being held in memory King. 

The Rise of Right Wing Hate Groups

Aug 16, 2017
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The vitriolic and violent events that occurred this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia have sparked a national debate about the presence of  Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and racists hate groups in America.

No longer cloaked in secrecy, these groups have produced prominent figures like Richard Spencer, a vocal white nationalist who coined the term "alt-right" who seek to push their movement further. We look at right-wing hate groups and how they’re organizing online and in the streets.

Adora Namigadde

Multi-colored disco lights and loud music all add to the bombastic atmosphere of New Ohio Wrestling’s latest showdown. From an indoor sports complex in Grove City, NOW may not have the production values of professional wrestling in arenas or on television, but it does draw a crowd.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that when clear evidence emerges after a jury verdict that there was racial bias during deliberations, the trial judge must make an exception to the usual rule protecting the secrecy of deliberations in order to determine whether the defendant was denied a fair trial. The vote was 5-to-3.

Writing for the court majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that racial discrimination is unlike other types of misconduct that may occur in the jury room because it "implicates unique historical, constitutional and institutional concerns."

Stories about black women whose employers asked them to cut their dreadlocks or to trim their big afros have surfaced with more frequency in the last few years. Now a new study confirms that many people — including black ones — have a bias against the types and styles of natural hair worn by black people.

Shelly Fields is a 46-year-old white woman living in Richton Park, a racially diverse Chicago suburb. She says she's raised her four daughters, who are biracial, to see people of all races as equal, just as her parents raised her. Fields doesn't think that racism will ever disappear completely, but she's hopeful that it lessens with each passing generation.

"The more biracial children there are, the more equality we see," Fields said. "The more people of color we see in positions of power – it will help to change the way people see race."

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