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Thomas Chatterton Williams On Debate, Criticism And The Letter In 'Harper's Magazine'

July 11
Christianna Silva / NPR

A letter on the importance of open debate was published by Harper's Magazine this week and was signed by more than 150 prominent writers and thinkers, fueling a controversy over debate and privilege.

The Racial Justice Reckoning Over Sports Team Names Is Spreading

July 11
Frank Morris / NPR

In the wake of George Floyd's killing, Confederate monuments have fallen, food companies have scrubbed racist imagery from labels, and now, pro sports teams names are under fresh review.

Roundtable: The Uncertain Summer For San Diego ...

Roundtable: The Uncertain Summer For San Diego Schools

July 10
By Bennett Lacy

Local schools prepare for a mix of in-person and distance learning for the upcoming academic year, the San Diego Padres navigate COVID-19 as Major League Baseball tries to salvage a season, and a look inside the police culture behind 'The Thin Blue Line.'

Supreme Court Rules That About Half Of Oklahoma Is Native American Land

July 9
Laurel Wamsley / NPR

"Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation. ... Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word," wrote Justice Gorsuch.

Death Of Robert Fuller, Who Was Found Hanging From Tree, Ruled Suicide

July 9
Scott Neuman / NPR

Fuller's death on June 10 was initially ruled a suicide, but that conclusion outraged his family, who insisted that he would not take his own life.

In this March 31, 2020, photo, Kyle Navarro pos...

Study: COVID-Related Discrimination Has Outsize Impact On Racial Minorities

July 8
By City News Service

The study found discrimination against people thought to have COVID-19, even if they weren't infected, peaked in April and has since declined, but it persists, particularly against Asian Americans.

The sign in front of the San Diego County Sheri...

NAACP Head Calls For Deputy's Ouster Over 'Vile' Photograph

July 6
By City News Service

The deputy allegedly shared an altered photograph of George Floyd taken from the viral video of the Minnesota man's death via email showing a nude male "porn star" kneeling on Floyd's neck.

Revisiting Sacred Cows: Which Figures From History Do We Honor, And How?

July 3
Melissa Block / NPR

Statues have been taken down; names scrubbed from institutions. The national reckoning over race has reenergized debates over historical figures and the scrutiny goes beyond Confederate monuments.

For Some Black Americans, Love Of Country Means Holding It Accountable

July 3
Juana Summers / NPR

For many African Americans, patriotism is complicated because the promises of America aren't fulfilled equally. The Fourth of July brings a challenge: reconciling national pride with systemic racism.

Students protest in front of San Diego Unified ...

San Diego Students March To Get Police Out Of Schools

July 2
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Amidst a national reckoning surrounding police budgets and law enforcement’s use of force, students took to the streets on Friday to call on San Diego Unified School District to remove its police department from schools.

The NFL Will Play 'Lift Every Voice And Sing' Before Each Season-Opener Game

July 2
Rachel Treisman / NPR

The song known as the Black national anthem will play before "The Star Spangled Banner." The league is working with players on a variety of measures to recognize victims of racism.

A photo of a San Diego Unified School District ...

Black Youth More Likely To Be Detained By San Diego Unified Police

July 2
By Joe Hong

A KPBS analysis of more than 9,400 district police records shows that Black youth are up to four times as likely to be arrested or detained as their white peers.

A still of a surveillance camera video from a b...

Police Shoot Man In Downtown San Diego, Sparking Protest

June 28
By Max Rivlin-Nadler, Tom Fudge

More than a hundred protesters gathered in downtown San Diego Saturday night after San Diego police officers shot a 25-year-old Hispanic man, suspected of robbery.

Protesters gather in downtown San Diego June 27...

Live Blog: Protesters Gather in Downtown San Diego Saturday Night After San Diego Police Officers Shoot Hispanic Man

June 28
By KPBS Staff

This is a breaking news blog for all of the latest updates and reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger jo...

Roundtable: The Cultural Divide Over Masks

June 26
By Bennett Lacy

How wearing a facial covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has become a cultural and political dividing line, congress investigates the San Diego VA for discontinuing the use of ketamine treatments for suicidal veterans, and the internal debate within newsrooms over racial representation and diversity in journalism.

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