Its effect can be explosive and painful: Harvard University professor Randall Kennedy has traced the history of the N-word to understand the evolution of the infamous racial slur. Kennedy joins special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault to discuss this history, including reappropriations…
By Eugene Mason
The United States owes African-Americans reparations for slavery, a recent United Nations report said.
By Laura Santhanam
Race plays a major role in the way people view law enforcement in their communities, according to a new study that comes out following several high-profile police killings.
By Eugene Mason
The racing organization quickly responded, calling the lawsuit “meritless” and threatening to file a countersuit for defamation.
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By Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week
A Stanford University study finds that a one-time intervention to help teachers and students empathize with one another halved the number of suspensions at five California middle schools, and helped build bonds between disengaged students and their schools.
By Karlyn Bowman and Heather Sims
As America’s first African-American president finishes his second term, his historic presidency could be followed by another one -- that of our first female president. There are regular references to Hillary Clinton’s gender on the campaign trail, but has the…
By News Desk
The PBS NewsHour Weekend special "America in Black and Blue" explores the tensions between America’s diverse communities and their local police forces.
Playwright David McMillan vividly remembers the day O.J. Simpson was acquitted, because it created a national atmosphere in which racial assumptions were challenged. The debate over the court’s decision forced Americans to see their country for what it was, rather…
By Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority children.
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