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Racial Injustice

Our latest coverage of the struggle against racism in America and around the world.

Charlottesville Removes Robert E. Lee Statue That Sparked A Deadly Rally

July 10
Ben Paviour / NPR

The Virginia city took down statues of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, toppling symbols that were at the center of the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017.

In this Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, peop...

California Reparations Task Force Grapples With Community Engagement

July 9
By Cristina Kim

The newly established task force met on Friday to define what community engagement will look like as they move forward.

In this May 18, 2021, file photo, a teacher, ce...

What Are The Biggest Lies And Omissions From Your American History Education?

July 9
By Harrison Patiño

What were you taught that you found out later to be wrong or what lessons were omitted from your American history education?

Confederate Monument That Sparked Deadly Charlottesville Rally To Be Removed Saturday

July 9
Deepa Shivaram / NPR

Statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson will be removed in the Virginia city almost four years after the deadly Unite the Right rally.

A photo from the

'Say Their Names' Memorial Exhibit To Open In San Diego

July 8
By Jade Hindmon

Gaidi Finnie, executive director of The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts, joined Midday Edition to talk about their new art exhibit honoring Black lives lost to police brutality and systemic racism.

A San Diego police car parked in downtown San D...

New California Law Changes How Fatal Police Shootings Of Unarmed People Are Investigated

July 7
By John Carroll

For years, law enforcement agencies investigated when an officer shot and killed an unarmed suspect, and district attorneys decided on charges. Until now.

An MLK Jr. Statue Was Vandalized With Graffiti, Prompting A Hate Crime Investigation

July 7
Sharon Pruitt-Young / NPR

A statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a park in Southern California was vandalized with racist images. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia called the graffiti "horrific."

Joely Proudfit, Luiseño/Payómkawichum, in an un...

Indigenous Woman Is First To Be Appointed To State Commission On Women And Girls

July 6
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., is Luiseño and Payómkawichum. She has been department chair of American Indian Studies and director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at California State University, San Marcos since 2008.

A Swim Cap Made For Black Hair Will Get A Second Look From Swimming's Governing Body

July 6
Sharon Pruitt-Young / NPR

The International Swimming Federation said it would reconsider its decision barring the cap from being used in competition, following criticism that the ruling discriminated against Black swimmers.

A trolley passes through Encanto in this undate...

Community Advocates Want More Urgent Care In Southeast San Diego

July 5
By Cristina Kim

Community advocates say Southeast San Diego is a health care desert. They want to see more urgent care centers available to the residents of Encanto and Valencia Park.

Racial covenant written in 1914 for a property ...

Does Your Home Have A Racially Restrictive Covenant? Share Your Story With KPBS

July 2
By Cristina Kim

For years people who weren’t white were legally prohibited from living in certain areas and homes in San Diego.

Kim Desmond is shown in this undated photo.

Mayor Gloria Announces Appointment Of City's First Race And Equity Officer

July 2
By City News Service

Mayor Todd Gloria Friday announced the appointment of Kim Desmond to serve as the city's first Chief Race and Equity Officer.

Black TikTok Creators Are On Strike To Protest A Lack Of Credit For Their Work

July 1
Sharon Pruitt-Young / NPR

Black creators on TikTok say that for years, non-black creators have risen to fame performing dances that Black influencers on the app created.

Coronado High School is pictured in this photo ...

CIF Vacates Coronado High Regional Championship Over Tortilla-Throwing Incident

June 30
By Alexander Nguyen, Jacob Aere

Coronado High School’s boys basketball team has been stripped of its championship title and placed on probation following a probe into an incident that involved tortillas being thrown at players from Orange Glen High School.

Chinese-Japanese American student Kara Chu, 18,...

California Hate Crime Up 31% In 2020, Led By Anti-Black Bias

June 30
By Associated Press

Hate crime in California reached its highest reported level in more than a decade last year.