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Why do so few trials of police shootings end in convictions?

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In July 2016, a young black male named Philando Castile was fatally shot by police officer Jeronimo Yanez outside of St. Paul, Minnesota during a traffic stop due to a broken tail light. Continue reading

Outrage follows the acquittal of officer who killed Philando Castile

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Officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Philando Castile in front of his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter during a traffic stop in Minnesota in July 2016. Continue reading

At the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, an author looks back on race in America

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June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia, which struck down Virginia’s laws banning interracial marriage. Continue reading

To Vote or Not to Vote – Lesson Plan

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Why is voting an important responsibility for citizens? Less than 60 percent of eligible voters voted in the 2012 general election. Yet, for other Americans, voting is a very meaningful, almost sacred duty. In this lesson, students will view three short films that explore the importance of voting. Continue reading

How do different racial groups view the police?

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Only one-third of African Americans think the police are doing an excellent job, compared to roughly three quarters of white people, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. But Newark, New Jersey Mayor Ras Baraka has worked to change those numbers. Continue reading

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