Race and Diversity

Phoenix Metro Black Lives Matters Claims Police Are Targeting Leaders With Arrests
Seven people were arrested at a demonstration in downtown Phoenix over the weekend. Hundreds of people attended a march for Breonna Taylor and Dion Johnson on Saturday.
Protesters and Phoenix police officers during a protest.
Protests across the country related to police behavior and treatment of people of color have been common since the killing of George Floyd in the summer. Last month near downtown Phoenix, a group was carrying out a protest march. Fifteen of those protesters are now facing charges that typically are filed against street gangs.
Nov. 17, 2020
karen kuo
It might seem like a year ago with the election in between, but, just last week, a viral video out of Scottsdale highlighted the racial divide that can happen between minority groups. It brought to light what Karen Kuo calls “interracial racism” and the long, complicated history of racial tensions between Asian Americans and Black Americans.
Nov. 5, 2020
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is revising its use-of-force policy as it’s been decades since the procedures have been updated. Citing the killing of George Floyd, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said in a promotional video the new policy will meet new community expectations.
Oct. 25, 2020
Prescott, Arizona sign
John D’Anna of the Arizona Republic has reported recently about racial tension in Prescott and how it’s dividing a community that likes to call itself "Everybody’s Hometown." His latest story focuses on an early September afternoon, when an 18-year-old young woman tried to organize a small Black Lives Matter event near the city’s courthouse square.
Oct. 21, 2020
Jewell Parker Rhodes Ghost Boys
A 2018 young adult novel about a Black child shot by police is getting renewed attention today, as protests over racial injustice and police misconduct continue. In the book, "Ghost Boys," a 12-year old boy is shot by police and, as a ghost, sees what happens in and to his community in the aftermath of that shooting.
Oct. 20, 2020
Kavitha Davidson Jessica Luther Loving Sports
Authors Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson write about the complications between fans and players and the broader culture in their new book, "Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan."
Sep. 30, 2020
Donna Patterson
The pandemic has widened gaps that have long existed in our communities. Extensive reporting has revealed disparities in who has lost jobs, homes, access to health care and more. The 19th, the nonprofit newsroom, found that women have been hit hardest by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. More than 800,000 women have already lost their public sector jobs, for example, and more will follow. Many of those are women of color.
Sep. 28, 2020
Reginald Bolding
In response to the decision not to charge the officer who shot and killed Dion Johnson, State Rep. Reginald Bolding said, "We must continue to seek legislative changes to ensure this type of violence is not allowed to continue unchecked."
Sep. 25, 2020
Monument to Confederate veterans
Only one of four confederate monuments on Arizona state property is still standing. Despite calls to remove it, the state has not made any attempt to deal with the controversial monument in a state-run Sierra Vista cemetery.
Sep. 23, 2020
Protest Against School-Based Law Enforcement Officers
Tension between law enforcement and communities of color has grown since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Some actions by officers have led communities to search for new leaders for their police forces.
Sep. 22, 2020
Arizona Department of Public Safety patch
Prosecutors have declined to criminally charge an Arizona state trooper in the fatal shooting of a Black man during a roadside struggle nearly four months ago that inspired protests in Phoenix.
Sep. 21, 2020
Tre'vell Anderson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is adding a diversity component to the Oscars. Starting soon, any films that want to qualify for the best picture category at the Oscars will have to meet diversity standards both on screen and behind the lens. But not everyone is happy with the efforts.
Sep. 21, 2020
Proposed Black Lives Matter street mural for downtown Phoenix
In September, the city of Phoenix denied requests for two murals to be painted on city streets; in a letter to supporters of both, City Manager Ed Zuercher cited concerns with safety and federal guidelines for markings on streets as among the reasons to deny the requests.
Sep. 21, 2020
The Phoenix Metro Black Lives Matter collective is condemning comments made by public officials linking the organizing group to a shooting at the federal courthouse without any evidence.
Sep. 16, 2020
Pinal County Juvenile Justice Center.
At a time when the country is grappling with racial inequality, reporters from across the U.S. with the News21 project set out to investigate the country’s juvenile justice system. They called the project “Kids Imprisoned,” and among their findings was evidence of the effect race has on juvenile cases across the country.
Sep. 9, 2020
Antoinette Cauley James Baldwin mural phoenix
Antoinette Cauley is a Phoenix native and has been an artist here for 10 years. She’s always pulled from her experiences in life and the lives of her community. But when creating a mural of James Baldwin, she realized that this moment was different.
Aug. 31, 2020
Phoenix Mercury Brittney Griner Breonna Taylor jersey
The shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, led to an historic moment in sports. Fans immersed in the NBA playoffs found Wednesday's games unexpectedly postponed. Arizona Republic columnist Greg Moore joined The Show to talk about the moment.
Aug. 27, 2020
Don Guillory
A group of Valley-based organizations is bringing Black August to Arizona. The event began in the 1970s, and it honors the Black freedom movement. To learn what Black August is all about, The Show spoke with Don Guillory, a history instructor at Arizona State University in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.
Aug. 25, 2020
Colleen Jennings-Roggensack at Gammage Auditorium
Plays and musicals from Broadway to Phoenix have been canceled or in some cases, moved to strictly online options where subscribers can watch on their computers and smartphones. But it’s not only COVID-19 that could lead to dramatic changes in theater. The protests and more open discussion about racial injustice have caused producers, writers and more to reconsider their approaches.
Aug. 25, 2020
Kamala Harris
When a guest corrected his pronunciation of Kamala Harris, Fox News TV host Tucker Carlson's response went viral. An ASU communication professor says that in today's anti-racist movement, we're all going to have to get more comfortable being corrected.
Aug. 24, 2020


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