Race + Diversity

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Across the country, one in 19 secondary schools has a Native American mascot. In Arizona, that number is one in 168. People Not Mascots works on policy to remove Native mascots from schools that do not have consent from a tribe.
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Jul. 17, 2023
farmer walking in a field with the sun behind
A recent study from an Arizona State University professor investigated racial discrimination in federal loan programs for farmers. The researchers found that on average, Black farmers experienced longer times for loan processing and applications.
Jul. 14, 2023
Arizona Congressman Eli Crane makes 'colored people' slur
During a U.S. House debate Thursday, Arizona Republican Rep. Eli Crane used a slur while advocating for his amendment to the Department of the Defense bill.
Jul. 14, 2023
Karina Velarde is standing between her children with a hand on each of their shoulders. Her son, on the right, is 7 years old. Her daughter, on the left, is 3 years old. Both children hold signs that read 'Hands off my education' & 'Protect dual language'
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne says it’s illegal for English Language Learners to use a 50-50 dual language model. And he’s threatening funding for schools that keep using it. A group called Stand for Children Arizona is urging him to reconsider.
Jul. 13, 2023
Xochitl Galvez
Mexico is ramping up for its presidential elections next year, and the country’s political parties are beginning to select primary contenders. One opposition challenger is gaining attention.
Jul. 6, 2023
Phoenix City Council chambers
The city is required by law to adjust council district boundaries every 10 years based on the most recent census data.
Jul. 4, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court
Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that colleges and universities can no longer consider race in admissions, a decision that overturns dozens of years of legal precedent.
Jul. 2, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court building
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in two cases to strike down race as a factor in admissions processes. The decision's impact will be tough to measure in nine states, including Arizona, that already bar public universities from considering race in admissions.
Jun. 30, 2023
A mural honoring Cesar Chavez
Millions in federal grant money will go to help revitalize historic neighborhoods west of Sky Harbor that were hurt by airport expansion. The grant for more than $10.2 million will pay to add miles of sidewalk that is compliant with federal disability law.
Jun. 23, 2023
Juneteenth celebration with raised fists.
Warren Stewart Jr., a pastor and activist, among other things, joined The Show to talk more about Juneteenth and the day's meaning going forward.
Jun. 19, 2023
Juneteenth event at the Arizona Heritage Center
In Tempe, the Arizona Historical Society hosted its annual Juneteenth Community Celebration on Sunday to honor African American history and culture.
Jun. 18, 2023
police crime tape
New data shows a 45% increase in the rate of Hispanics killed by law enforcement over the last 10 years. New Mexico had the highest rate per capita, followed by Colorado. The Show spoke about them with Russell Contreras, senior race and justice reporter for Axios.
Jun. 15, 2023
Desert Botanical Garden 1
Prior to the formal holiday on Monday, the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is hosting the Juneteenth Evening Festival on June 16 from 6-9 p.m.
Jun. 13, 2023
On this episode of Word, it’s the season-ender! We discuss reading events beyond the upcoming Juneteenth holiday that offer a deeper connection to why it’s celebrated. Plus, a literary convo from Kenya happened while on "vacation," and I returned to the Valley to discuss a debut novel from an ASU professor emerita.
Jun. 11, 2023
baseball on the grass
There were more than 250 internationally-born players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day, representing 19 countries. That means there are a number of different languages spoken in clubhouses and dugouts — from Spanish to English to Japanese.
Jun. 8, 2023
Kelly McWilliams, Your Plantation Prom Is Not Okay
The idea of how to teach American history has been very much in the news over the past few years; much of the debate centers on how to talk about some of the more difficult and troubling parts of the country’s past. That idea is a big part of author Kelly McWilliams’ latest young adult novel, called "Your Plantation Prom is Not Okay."
Jun. 5, 2023
Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix
A national study of public parks released Wednesday puts several Valley cities in the bottom third with Gilbert ranking last among the 100 most populous U.S. communities.
May. 23, 2023
On this episode, a Diné writer releases her first novel. Plus, we examine an international true-crime story by a Valley poet-turned sleuth. And, we extend a bow to Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a day at the Kentucky Derby.
May. 16, 2023
A new report by the Anti-Defamation League shows a big uptick in antisemitic incidents across the U.S. and in the state over the last two years.
May. 9, 2023
Principal Lynette Wegner works with a student at Valencia Newcomer School in Phoenix on April 27, 2023.
With a large number of Spanish-speaking students, many Arizona schools teach English as a second language. But at one school in Phoenix, students speak 18 different languages.
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May. 8, 2023


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