Dylann Roof murdered nine people in a church basement in Charleston in 2015.

He confessed to the massacre shortly after he was arrested. He didn't testify at trial and no witnesses were called on his behalf before he was convicted of federal hate crimes.

The most emphatic statements on Roof's behalf came from defense attorney David Bruck. For weeks, the prosecution had presented evidence that Roof is a white supremacist whose violent racism drove him to kill black people. Bruck asked the jury to consider how the 22-year-old came to believe the things he did.

Since Donald Trump was elected president some police and advocacy groups have seen an increase in reports of attacks based on race, religion, gender and sexual orientation. But if you're looking for the total number of hate crimes that took place in the U.S. this year — that's one number that even the FBI can't provide with certainty.

Doctors have long known that black people are more likely than white people to suffer from diseases such as high blood pressure. A study suggests that racial discrimination may be playing a role in a surprising way.

The study, which involved 150 African-Americans living in Tallahassee, Fla., found that knowing someone who had experienced racial discrimination was associated with genetic markers that may affect risk for high blood pressure.

Over the weekend, a sizable gaggle of the white nationalist "alt-right" convened at a federal building in Washington, D.C., to puff their chests. It was a motley crew, emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, with whom they shared a broad aversion to immigration and contempt for "political correctness." Their views were finally flitting around the mainstream of American politics.

Steve Bannon, the newly named chief strategist for the nascent Trump White House, boasts a resume packed with a series of seeming non sequiturs. He had a stint in the U.S. Navy, worked for a stretch at Goldman Sachs, became a Hollywood investor who made a fortune off Seinfeld reruns, and ran the secretive experimental community Biosphere 2 outside Tucson, Ariz.

One in three eligible American voters are people of color. Not only does this presidential election have the most ethnically and racially diverse voter base in American history, but the campaigns have been using strong, racially charged language. In the latest installment in the Statehouse News Bureau’s series featuring voices of voters, some share their perspectives on how the rhetoric has impacted them as people of color. 


A new study by researchers at The Ohio State University puts firmer numbers on the phenomenon of implicit racial bias. Researchers believe an unconscious "white preference" could impede the entry of African Americans into the medical profession, where they and other minorities are underrepresented.

The study was published in Academic Medicine, a journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. To discuss implicit bias in medical school admissions, WOSU's Sam Hendren spoke to Dr. Quinn Capers IV, lead author of the study and the associate dean of admissions at Ohio State’s medical school.

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The first night of the Democratic National Convention was an opportunity for the party to clarify their platform and gain sought after unity. This hour, we'll discuss how the night set the party tone moving forward into the general election. 

And, with race relations as tense as they have been, many find discussing anything race related to be uncomfortable. A new lecture series from the YWCA Columbus aims to educate listeners on how to have safe and thoughtful conversations on race in America. 

Black Man in a White Coat

Sep 10, 2015
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In almost every field of medicine, black patients fare the worst. Infant mortality rates among black children are twice that of whites and obesity rates among black women are double that of white women. Poor health care and unhealthy lifestyles might seem like obvious answers but there is one not-so-obvious reason for these issues: lack of black doctors. Today, only 5 percent of doctors are black.

In 2009, Rue Mapp was thinking about business school, weighing the pros and cons, and wondering if it was the right choice. The former Morgan Stanley analyst turned to her mentor for advice. But rather than give her an answer, her mentor asked a question: If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be?

Just like that, Mapp knew an MBA wasn't in her near future. Instead, she decided to combine everything she loved — from nature to community to technology — into an organization that would reconnect African-Americans to the outdoors.

Racial Identity in America

Jun 18, 2015
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Rachel Dolezal, the former Spokane, Washington NAACP leader, stepped down from her position after it was revealed that she is white. Dolezal self-identifies as a black woman and her story has sparked a conversation about race across the nation.  Coming up, we look at Dolezal's actions and what they say about race in America

Race: Are We So Different?

Feb 1, 2012

11:00 "Science traces early human migration from Africa using current research to re-evaluate widely held beliefs about the origins of physical attributes, such as skin color or resistance to disease. History traces racism from the pre-Columbus era to modern genetic studies. Lived Experience features voices and images of people who share their experiences of race, identity, and racism." That is the theme of a new exhibit at COSI that explores the science, history and everyday issues of race and racism.

Local Conference Tackles Race Relations

Mar 12, 2010

The election of Barack Obama in 2008 as the country's first African-American president prompted a renewed exploration of race relations in the United States. That discussion has faded into the background somewhat as the nation grapples with the recession, job loss and health care reform.

But it is not forgotten. This weekend the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity holds a conference downtown for some 400 scholars and business leaders to confront the issues of race.

For the first time this campaign season, the two major contenders for the office of governor spoke on the same platform to the same group.

Republican challenger John Kasich and incumbent Democrat, Governor Ted Strickland, talked to a convention of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on the dramatically difference views they have on how the Buckeye State is faring in the current economy ...

A complaint filed with the Columbiana County Board of Elections could have a major impact on the fall vote. As a result of the complaint, he leading candidate in the race for governor could be disqualified by his opponent. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.