Race + Diversity

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The use of #Karen has become a point of debate lately — with some calling it sexist, ageist, even the new N-word. Karen Attiah, the global opinions editor at The Washington Post, says the #Karen trend is not racist or sexist. It’s rooted in a long history of Black oppression.
Jul. 6, 2020
Arizona Department of Public Safety patch
The investigation of a state trooper’s killing of 28-year-old African American Dion Johnson showed an ADOT camera is the only video footage of the incident. Arizona’s Department of Public Safety — responsible for patrolling state highways — doesn’t equip its officers with body cameras.
Jul. 3, 2020
Confederate monument at Wesley Bolin Plaza
More than 200 veterans in Arizona have signed a letter calling for Gov. Doug Ducey to remove all Confederate monuments and memorials in the state, saying the monuments dishonor American soldiers by memorializing "domestic enemies."
Jul. 2, 2020
Maricopa County court
As the country grapples publicly with persistent racial injustices, individual reckonings may be happening in more personal and private spaces. Retired Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Colleen McNally wrote about her own realization that she grew up racist — and reflected on what she could do to fix an unequal system.
Jun. 30, 2020
Coronavirus electron microscope image
The COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd protests have brought to light many disparities faced by marginalized communities in the United States. Speaking on "Arizona Horizon," Tucson cardiologist Dr. Khadijah Breathett says those disparities contribute to underlying conditions like diabetes and heart disease, leading to worse outcomes for the poor and people of color.
Jun. 28, 2020
Screen shot of Doug Ducey tweet
A comment made at a rally opposing Scottsdale’s mask mandate has generated national attention, and has led to calls for a city councilman’s resignation. Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips, wearing a mask on stage, said “I can’t breathe,” before taking the mask off.
Jun. 26, 2020
About 250 people in Fountain Hills marched in support of Black Lives Matter on Thursday. About a dozen young women originally planned the protest for June 10, but social media blowback and threats of counter-protests led the group to reschedule.
Arizona Voices: Race, Diversity And The Black Lives Matter Movement
Jun. 25, 2020
Arizona Confederate Memorial
There has been increasing pressure to remove a Confederate memorial from the state capitol’s Wesley Bolin Plaza. Now a veteran community has gathered 80 signatures for a petition demanding its removal.
Jun. 24, 2020
police gun
A Tuesday forum by the HeroZona Foundation, a local nonprofit group, discussed discrimination and systemic racism within law enforcement and the community at-large. The panel was made up of Maricopa County elected officials and community leaders who shared their thoughts on challenges within the community and next steps.
Jun. 23, 2020
RoQy TyRaiD
Phoenix and other Valley cities have seen a number of protests since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. One of the groups that’s been involved in them is called the W.E. Rising Project, which says it’s a movement creating systemic change through peaceful protests. That group includes Phoenix-based hip-hop artist RoQy TyRaiD.
Jun. 23, 2020
the emancipation proclamation
Juneteenth celebrated on June 19 marks the date in 1865 when slaves in Galveston, Texas, were first told about the Emancipation Proclamation — which had been signed by President Lincoln two-and-half years prior. The holiday wasn’t officially recognized in Arizona until a couple of years ago, when Rep. Reginald Bolding sponsored legislation that was passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor.
Jun. 18, 2020
Phoenix police sign
Calls to defund Phoenix police failed to move the Phoenix City Council on Wednesday. By a 6-3 vote, leaders adopted an annual operating budget with more than 40% of the general fund going to police.
Jun. 17, 2020
George Floyd protests Phoenix
Arizona Mirror reporter Jerod McDonald-Evoy found that the Arizona National Guard has been flying a C-26 aircraft normally used for surveillance on the border as well as helicopters over the events, assisting Phoenix police in monitoring protests and those there to cause violence.
Jun. 15, 2020
Phoenix police sign
The Phoenix police officers’ union has responded to calls to "defund the police" by requesting more money and resources.
Jun. 12, 2020
Indigenous Protesters Rally in Flagstaff in 2018 on Indigenous Peoples Day
The May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has forced police agencies across the country to take up immediate reforms that include, among other things, mandating all officers turn on body-worn cameras during protests. But here in Arizona, where the manufacturer of most police-worn body cameras is based, the potential mandate is a little more complicated for some.
Jun. 12, 2020
Mesa police vehicle
The Mesa Police Department has launched a program to provide video briefings of incidents involving the use of deadly force. The first video was posted this week on Youtube.
Jun. 11, 2020
Quintin and Querida Walker
The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer is a reminder of the danger black men face when dealing with police. It's one of the reasons black parents sit their children down for what is known as “the talk," which includes strict advice on how to act if they come in contact with a police officer.
Jun. 11, 2020
Regina Romero
As protests continue against police violence across the country, a city ordinance in Tucson is causing controversy online. Tucson City Ordinance No. 11746 allows police to prohibit people from entering a crime scene. Activists are worried the new law could be used to prevent people from filming the police.
Jun. 11, 2020
Protesters and Phoenix police officers during a protest.
In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other people of color at the hands of law enforcement, there are now calls throughout the country to defund police departments. On the surface, this may sound like people are looking to cut all funding from the police.
Jun. 11, 2020
Fountain Hills fountain
A Black Lives Matter protest in Fountain Hills on Wednesday has been canceled over concerns about a possible counter protest.
Jun. 10, 2020

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