“Among the atrocities that have faced people of color for centuries, the practice of housing discrimination and redlining is unique in its generational impact on the community,” Roman Jasso writes in this racial justice essay.
“We cannot let history keep repeating itself, so we must educate ourselves on (police brutality in America) and enforce ways to stop it,” January Jackson writes in this racial justice essay.
“From its inception, Hollywood has been systematically dominated by white male filmmakers and producers, catering to a predominantly white audience,” Zora Lotton-Barker writes in this essay.
“I’m scared when my father goes out for a run, or when I see my cousins wearing hoodies. I’m constantly wondering: will one of my family members become a hashtag?” Ryan Brown writes in this essay.
Community members will gather this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the violent U.S. Capitol insurrection.
“The ‘Free State Narrative’ is toxic to understand what really happened in Kansas and obscures how much the state did not live up to its purported openness and tolerance,” Kerry Altenbernd writes in this column.
“On that Saturday morning by the Kansas River, as soil was scooped into glass jars and carnations placed on top of each, a spirit moved among the crowd. They had gathered there, near Lawrence City Hall, to commemorate the victims of a lynching nearly 140 years ago,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
Remembering what happened to three Black men lynched in Lawrence more than 139 years ago is crucially important to improving racial equity now, Lawrence NAACP chair Ursula Minor said Thursday.
“Although separated by 140 years, the racial violence of 1882 is not disconnected from the systems of racial oppression and white supremacy that continue to flourish in our criminal justice, education, healthcare, housing — all of the systems that are foundational in this community,” Edith Guffey writes in this column.
Soil recently collected from near where three Black men — Pete Vinegar, Isaac King and George Robertson — were lynched in Lawrence on June 10, 1882 will serve as the latest memorial of one of the community’s darkest days.
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