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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."

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.

Issues of Race on the Campaign Trail

Sep 1, 2016
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Racial disparity is at the forefront of most discussions concerning social issues in the United States.  It's no wonder the topic is on the tongue of both presidential candidates.  How the nominees discuss race is fairly different and as of now, Clinton has the lead on the minority vote in America.  Trump has tried over the last few weeks to gain a bigger minority following, which most believe is no longer possible. 

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The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is alleging the Columbus Police Department moved slowly to investigate charges of racist behavior by a white officer.

College Campus Diversity

Nov 17, 2015
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Weeks of growing racial tensions at the University of Missouri culminated with the resignation of the university's president. A boycott from 30 members of the football team, who pledged to stop practicing and playing, along with student protests from colleges across the country were part of an effort to draw attention to racial issues on campuses everywhere. This hour, we're talking about the state of race relations on U.S. college campuses and diversity and inclusion at Ohio’s institutions.

10:00 The word "race" hasn't been mentioned much in the trial of George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. But the issue of racial profiling is an elephant in the courtroom. This hour we'll talk to subjects of a recent profiling incident in Ohio, and get an expert perspective on why prejudice won't let go. Guests

The legacy of racism and poverty affecting African Americans, with author and Harvard University sociology professor William Julius Wilson.

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