In Kansas, disparities in treatment of Black children appear to start before birth. Black children are also consistently overrepresented in foster care.
Lawrence’s Human Relations Commission on Thursday voted to ask city legal staff to draft an ordinance to implement the CROWN Act, a law that bans race-based hair discrimination. They also said goodbye to Commissioner Kay Emerson.
This week, Kansas Reflector is publishing a series of stories that examine the influence of religious beliefs on state government. On Monday, they begin with a GOP official’s plans for turning Kansas into a conservative sanctuary.
Debate over a police bill last week turned into a discussion of Statehouse racism, with a white lawmaker asserting the House was too “loving and compassionate” to pass racist policy. A Black lawmaker disagreed.
A weeklong series of events in Lawrence aim to educate the community about the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people, who are often denied justice. All are invited to participate in solidarity.
A recent assessment shows that inadequate wages, incarceration, lack of affordable housing, access to health care and more are top issues affecting public health in Lawrence and Douglas County. Health department staff members want to hear from the community to help shape the next health plan.
A controversial physician and author urged the Kansas Legislature to ban hospitals and medical schools from compelling students and employees to pledge allegiance to critical race theory, affirmative action and diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
Almost one out of every three Black men ages 25-54 living in Douglas County were booked into the jail between 2017 and 2021.
That number is among findings in a recent report by the Vera Institute of Justice examining incarceration here.
Republican governor candidate Derek Schmidt’s new campaign commercials castigate Gov. Laura Kelly for creating in 2020 a Commission on Racial Equity and Justice to search for solutions to problems within Kansas law enforcement agencies, despite affirming in October 2020 that he believed racial bias was present within Kansas law enforcement.
A former employee of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center alleges that her supervisor asked her to make her hair “more white looking” because her natural Black hair looked “messy and unkempt.”
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