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Oakwood city officials are promising to review police policies and continue a program in anti-bias training for officers.

At an Oakwood City Council meeting Monday night, officials addressed a report released this fall by the nonprofit Legal Aid firm Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, or ABLE, which found one-third of all Oakwood traffic tickets written in 2016 went to black drivers in a city with a black population of less than 1 percent.

Oakwood officials dispute the report’s methodology and say its data isn’t comprehensive or conclusive.

Racial Bias In Policing

Oct 11, 2019
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Outside consultants paid to review the Columbus Division of Police identified what what they called a clear and discernable difference in the incidence of use of force between minority and white residents in the city.

For example, black people accounted for half of the police use-of-force incidents in 2017, but make up less than 30% of the city’s population.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: use of force in the Columbus Division of Police.


Janelle Faison (left) and Megan Torres accuse Columbus Montessori of racial bias.
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Two parents are calling for administrators to step down at their children’s former school, Columbus Montessori Education Center. They argue racial bias played a role in how they and their kids were treated.

Teaching Diversity And Implicit Bias

Sep 5, 2018

Controversy has surrounded a Cuyahoga Falls middle school after students were given an assignment last month ranking individuals based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation and other labels. The school district has since apologized, but questions remain on how, and when, we should be teaching diversity to children.

Today on All Sides, we’ll look at how young is too young to teach about diversity and implicit bias. 

Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), on the right, says she was unfairly screened by Ohio Statehouse security.
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An internal review of Ohio Statehouse security found no unprofessional conduct or bias during interactions with an African-American state lawmaker who was trying to enter the building. But she says the report glosses over the bigger issue.

Race & Violent Crime Reporting

Jul 25, 2018
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A new study out of Ohio State University shows that the media treats white mass shooters more sympathetically than black mass shooters.

White shooters, according to the study, are 95 percent more likely to be described as mentally ill than African Americans, a tack that humanizes the shooter and in doing so, elicits sympathy. 

Today on All Sides, we explore the relationship between race and violent crime reporting as well as the media's role in the perpetuation of racial stereotypes involving violent crime. 


Implicit Bias Training

Jul 6, 2018
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State Representative Emilia Sykes stated publicly earlier this month that she had been repeatedly stopped by Ohio Capitol security personnel, while noticing that white elected officials were not. Since then, a meeting has been arranged between Sykes and Ohio's director of public safety to discuss what Sykes argues is racial profiling. 

A simultaneous training session for 175,000 employees, across more than 8,000 stores — that's what Starbucks is doing Tuesday, urging its workers and managers to discuss racial bias and respect following the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia store last month.

For the sessions, many Starbucks stores will shut down in the afternoon and stay closed for several hours. A sign at one location in Chicago, for instance, says the store will be locking its doors at 2:30 p.m. and reopening on Wednesday. Other stores have posted similar notices.

The Senate approved a measure Wednesday that would roll back policies designed to protect minority car buyers from discriminatory loan terms. Republicans passed the bill by a narrow margin, and it now moves on to the House.

The draft of a new policy barring discrimination by Cleveland police officers is available for public review.

The bias-free policing policy prohibits officers from stopping or arresting people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, among other attributes. But if police are looking for a suspect, they may still take those characteristics into account if they’re part of a credible and specific description.

Officers are also not allowed to use derogatory language.

Tamir Rice

A new study introduced with the Cleveland police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice finds that people perceive young black men as larger and more threatening than similarly sized white men.

The study published by the American Psychological Association asked nearly 1,000 online participants to compare color photographs of young white and black men of equal height and weight. John Paul Wilson, a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey says, consistently, participants believed the black men were stronger, more muscular and more menacing.

A record number of people, at least 166, were exonerated last year after being wrongly convicted of crimes, according to the most recent annual report from the National Registry of Exonerations.

What's in a name? A lot, according to a new study from researchers at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, both in Canada.

The racial wealth gap has been measured and studied for decades. One fact has remained the same: White families build and accumulate more wealth more quickly than black and brown families do.

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.