Race + Diversity

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
Joe Biden
In her new book "The End of White Politics: How to Heal the Liberal Divide," Zerlina Maxwell — who worked for former President Barack Obama — writes about what needs to change in politics, especially among Democrats, to truly engage more people of color with respect.
Aug. 12, 2020
Protesters and Phoenix police officers during a protest.
Racial unrest around the country continues — with concerns related to police use of force on people of color. Many observers have compared the current push for racial justice with the 1960s civil rights effort, and some similarities are easy to find. But there are significant differences, too.
Aug. 12, 2020
The site of a former cotton field
Amid the Black Lives Matter protests and the removal of two Confederate monuments from state land in Arizona, there is one particular issue that has been missed — the state has quietly been erasing the history of African Americans.
Arizona Voices: Race, Diversity And The Black Lives Matter Movement
Aug. 6, 2020
Vanessa Fonseca-Chavez
Two Confederate monuments were recently removed from state property in Arizona as the debate continues across the country about what should happen to these kinds of relics of our country’s often racist past. But some say it’s not just Confederate monuments we should be paying attention to.
Aug. 5, 2020
David Schweikert
The protests against racial injustice are motivating some political candidates to take on challenging races. In the suburbs of Phoenix, Democrats are targeting a predominantly white district that has been held by Republicans for nearly a decade. Ethics violations committed by the incumbent could make the race more competitive.
Aug. 4, 2020
Phoenix Police officers in riot gear outside their headquarters during a protest.
In part five of this series, long-standing efforts to reform and reimagine policing have gained strength nationally and locally. Why is now different, what do calls to "defund the police" really mean? People have been pushing for police reform for many years, but the George Floyd case nationally and a number of cases locally have finally given traction to those efforts.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 30, 2020
Activists speak
A cellphone camera caught the police-killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Within minutes, thousands of people in hundreds of cities spoke out to protest police violence and demand police reform. Rebroadcasts pinged into downloads, web pages and conversations TV and radio networks, changing what we know about policing.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 29, 2020
Phoenix Police riot gear protest
This is a pivotal moment in history for policing both in Arizona and across the country. Violent confrontations have driven outrage, protests and calls for reform. And they’ve also raised questions about the culture and mindset of police: warriors vs. guardians.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 29, 2020
Black Lives Matter protest
Arizona and the nation face a new reckoning on race relations and law enforcement. And the present situation is a culmination of what has happened in the past. In part two of a five-part series, KJZZ examines the intersection of law enforcement and racial dynamics through some flashpoints in Arizona’s past and present — where minorities have long felt under-represented and oppressed.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 27, 2020
 John Lewis and Barack Obama
Lawmakers honor Rep. John Lewis before he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol. Lewis, a civil rights icon, served in Congress for more than three decades.
Jul. 27, 2020

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