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Protesters march down High Street in Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

A new non-profit organization called the State Of Ohio Collective, created after the Minneapolis Police killing of George Floyd in May, is proposing a 50-year plan to address systemic racism in Ohio.

Torey Edmonds has lived in the same house in an African-American neighborhood of the East End of Richmond, Va., for all of her 61 years. When she was a little girl, she says her neighborhood was a place of tidy homes with rose bushes and fruit trees, and residents had ready access to shops like beauty salons, movie theaters and several grocery stores.

Two voters fill out ballots during early voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Daniel Shepherd of Columbus is spending his afternoon on a chilly, rainy Monday handing out sample ballots for the Democratic Party. The line stretches on at the Franklin County Board of Elections early voting center, and as each voter passes, Shepherd asks, "Would you like a Democratic sample ballot?"

Joe Biden says he's running for president to ease the racial divisions of our time.

Racial Sensitivity Training

Oct 9, 2020
Protesters march in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This episode originally aired on Oct. 6, 2020.

The Trump administration has moved to halt employee racial sensitivity training at federal agencies.

Racial Sensitivity Training

Oct 6, 2020
Protesters confront officers at the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The Trump administration has moved to halt employee racial sensitivity training at federal agencies.

President Trump on Tuesday said he had expanded a ban on racial sensitivity training to federal contractors.

His administration had instructed federal agencies to end such training earlier this month.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This is part two of a two-part series about race inside Columbus Division of Police. Read part one here

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, who oversees the Columbus Division of Police. He was interviewed prior to publication, but his comments were erroneously not included in the original story.

This illustration shows four white men on the banks of a river or creek, an empty horse-drawn wagon visible behind them. A wooden rowboat carrying two African American men
L.J. Bridgman / Ohio History Connection

Before the Civil War, thousands of people escaped slavery by traveling north through Ohio on the Underground Railroad, a loose system of safe "stations" where abolitionists and humanitarians gave aide and shelter to formerly enslaved people.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Tuesday detailed a proposal to advance racial equity in the United States.

The plan is the fourth and final pillar of his "Build Back Better" agenda for economic recovery, crafted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated 5:05 p.m. ET, July 23

The White House is repealing and replacing an Obama-era rule intended to combat historic racial discrimination in housing.

In a Wednesday announcement, the White House said it would be rolling back the rule as a part of a broader deregulation push.

Last month, Cleveland’s elected officials and nonprofit leaders took to the steps of City Hall to hail a declaration by city council that racism is a public health crisis.

This spring, as it became clear COVID-19 was hitting African-Americans especially hard, Indianapolis-area health officials vowed to set up testing sites in “hotspot” neighborhoods. One opened in predominantly Black Arlington Woods, at a respected local institution: Eastern Star Church.

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With protests shining a light on deeply rooted racial inequities, school leaders are being asked to be on the lookout for racial trauma when students return to class.

Ohio History Connection

The Ohio Constitution bans slavery except for one reason, and at least one Black lawmaker wants that exception stripped from the state’s governing document.

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