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Larry Graham purchased the house at 9904 Anderson Avenue in 2015, according to public records.* But on a recent chilly fall afternoon, he wasn’t there. In fact, the house he’d tried to buy for $13,000 looked as if it had been abandoned months ago.

Frank Ford, a housing policy researcher at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, stood on the sidewalk, looking up at the two-story, yellow-and-white house, studying the decay.

Sunday worship at Church in the Circle includes a variety of music, members represent multiple races and economic statuses and people attend the University Circle Church from inside and outside of the city. And the spirit of diversity is intentional.

“Enable people to know, ‘hey, I could find something of myself there,” said Rev. Kenneth Chalker, pastor of the church.

Chalker began working in Cleveland 30 years ago at First United Methodist Church at E. 30th Street and Euclid Avenue.

As she cradles three-year old Jackson in her lap, Robin Brown coaxes him to count.

"Say one … two … come on Jackson," says Brown.

But all she gets from her great nephew is a blank stare.

"This look is the look that hurts, when you see a look on a child's face that they want to do something but can't. That hurts," said Brown.

It's time for another Ask Code Switch. This week, we're getting into the gray area between yellow and brown.

Amy Tran, from Minneapolis, asks:

Like many cities, Cleveland has a black part of town and a white part of town.  These divisions didn’t happen by chance.  Ideastream’s new series, Divided By Design, explores the policies that shaped and isolated our neighborhoods.  But there’s another storyline, too, one of black upward mobility that Todd Michney highlights in his new book, Surrogate Suburbs Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change

There's a new website aimed at collecting personal stories and telling the history of the region's African American community.

Fifty years ago this Election Day, Cleveland voters picked their first black mayor, Carl Stokes – also the first black mayor of any large American city. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on one recent panel that discussed Stokes’ legacy.

Cuyahoga Community College’s Mandel Humanities Center has spent the past year hosting events looking back at Stokes’ election and impact.

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Children of color in Ohio fair far worse than their white peers when it comes to well-being and opportunity in Ohio.

This past spring, a history teacher in North Carolina was giving a lesson about Christopher Columbus. He covered how Columbus and his men enslaved and otherwise mistreated the native people of the island of Hispaniola.

One white student piped up: "Well, that's what needed to happen. They were just dumb people anyways like they are today. That was the purpose, that's why we need a wall."

A majority of whites say discrimination against them exists in America today, according to a poll released Tuesday from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

"If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it," said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, "and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you're white, you don't get it. If you're black, you get it."

So, you're at your friend's elaborately decorated Halloween party. There are cobwebs hanging from the ceiling, bloody handprints on the wall, a frothing potion brewing on the stove. It's creepy! And scary! But is it ... spooky?

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It’s illegal to alter original property deeds in Ohio, so documents for many homes built before the Fair Housing Act still contain discriminatory language. Those restrictions are now unenforceable, but can still be offensive.

A new bill in the Ohio House would allow online deeds to be updated.

It seemed like the controversy involving NFL players kneeling during the national anthem had died down a bit — that is until President Trump stirred up a hornet's nest Friday night during a campaign trip to Alabama.

Trump unleashed a tirade of strong comments against NFL players who don't stand during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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A former Columbus Police officer says his firing by the city's police department was the result of racial discrimination.

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The Great Lakes region is home to millions of people of different races and ethnicities. But diverse backgrounds – and issues – aren’t always represented in environmental groups.

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