The University of Oklahoma acted quickly to close down a fraternity that got caught using racial epithets in a video. OU President David Boren joins Judy Woodruff to discuss concerns about racism on campus and how colleges should respond. Continue reading
Students and faculty at the University of Oklahoma are outraged by a video that went viral on YouTube Sunday night that features members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting racial slurs.
In an interview with BET, President Barack Obama described his conversation with a group of young civil rights activists, including a leader of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, he hosted last week in the Oval Office. Continue reading
A new documentary “Freedom Summer” looks back to the deeply segregated Mississippi of 1964, and the young people who came from around the country to lend a hand in the struggle against racism. For a look back at the moment, Gwen Ifill is joined by Freedom Summer coordinator Robert Moses, Freedom Summer volunteer Rita Schwerner Bender, as well as director of the film, Stanley Nelson. Continue reading
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to pay a record $2 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers from Shelly Sterling, wife of disgraced owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the league for making racist comments. The deal now awaits approval by the rest of the NBA owners. Hari Sreenivasan takes a closer look at the numbers with Rob Gloster of Bloomberg Businessweek. Continue reading
Maya Angelou, one of the most respected cultural figures of her generation, has died at the age of 86. Her debut memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” made her one of the first bestselling African-American female authors. Jeffrey Brown reports on how an early trauma made her turn toward books and how she learned to use her voice to explore the effects of racism and sexism on identity. Continue reading
The National Basketball Association took its toughest stance ever against a team owner when it banned Los Angeles Clippers’ Donald Sterling as punishment for racist remarks. Gwen Ifill talks to William Rhoden of The New York Times and Charles Pierce of Esquire and Grantland about the impact of players standing together on this issue, as well as how the league has dealt with Sterling’s racism in the past. Continue reading