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Columbus statue decapitated in Waterbury amid protests

Jul. 4, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A statue of Christopher Columbus in Waterbury has been decapitated amid protests over racial injustice and the legacy of the 15th-century navigator. The Republican-American reports that photos shot Saturday show the headless statue outside Waterbury's City Hall. The statue had been...

This photo provided by Russell Contreras shows U.S. Marine Pfc. Ciprian Contreras, of Houston, in a World War II-era photo before being injured three times in the Pacific theater. In an essay, Associated Press writer Russell Contreras says the July Fourth holiday as a Mexican American has always troubled him because of his family's history in the U.S. But remembering his Uncle Ciprian Contreras' heroics as a U.S. Marine at Iwo Jima in 1945, makes him look at America's Independence Day differently. (Courtesy of Russell Contreras via AP)

AMERICAN DIARY: July 4 hurts, until I remember my WWII uncle

Jul. 4, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M, (AP) — The July Fourth holiday hurts me every year. Waving flags seems out of place, and wearing anything stars and stripes makes me feel like Apollo Creed in "Rocky." Lee Greenwood’s song “Proud To Be An American” doesn’t invoke patriotism inside of me, and I...

Items for sale showing the confederate flag are shown at the Flex & Flannigans shop in Gettysburg, Pa., Monday, June 23, 2020. How the push to removed Confederate flags and monuments never quite comes to Gettysburg.(Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Gettysburg reckons with Confederacy symbols

Jul. 4, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nationwide push to take down symbols of the Confederacy, to question why anyone flies a rebel flag at all, has come to Gettysburg, a city of barely 1,100 on the South Dakota prairie, where the buffalo once roamed. Gettysburg, S.D., is approximately 1,400 miles northwest of its...

Jalane Schmidt, a local activist and University of Virginia professor, leads history teachers from Albemarle and Charlottesville schools on a local monument tour Wednesday, March 11, 2020, around downtown Charlottesville, Va. (Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress via AP)

New history curriculum created to aid anti-racist teaching

Jul. 4, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Local teacher Zoë Padrón believes telling a true and complete history of the United States to Albemarle County students prepares them to be citizens of the 21st century. Key, she says, is ‘true and complete,’ an aspect not necessarily included in all...

FILE - This June 23, 2015 file photo shows a carving depicting Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. The sculpture is America's largest Confederate memorial. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

As monuments fall, Confederate carving has size on its side

Jul. 4, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Some statues of figures from America's slave-owning past have been yanked down by protesters, others dismantled by order of governors or city leaders. But the largest Confederate monument ever crafted — colossal figures carved into the solid rock of a Georgia mountainside...

Transgender man sues over harassment, firing in Maine

Jul. 4, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A lawsuit by a transgender man contends he was sexually harassed, demoted and fired after being outed by his manager at a Dunkin Donuts in Scarborough. Kye Hubbard contends he was called transphobic slurs by co-workers, demoted from his shift leader position after complaining to...

Honor guard members from the Mississippi National Guard practice folding the former Mississippi flag before a ceremony to retire the banner on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, inside the state Capitol in Jackson. The ceremony happened a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law that removed the flag's official status as a state symbol. The 126-year-old banner was the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

Mississippi could drop Jim Crow-era statewide voting process

Jul. 4, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era. Facing pressure from a lawsuit and the possibility of action from a federal judge, legislators are...

Students, alums see racist culture at Chicago private school

Jul. 4, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As an eighth-grader in 2017, South Chicago resident Randy Pierre boasted the grades and test scores to get into some of Chicago’s top high schools. His first choice was Whitney Young High School, a public school on the Near West Side where two in three students are people of color....

Grace Jackson leads a march during a Black Lives Matter protest in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, June 3, 2020. 
Jackson organized and helped lead a rally and march on June 3 in the wake of George Floyd’s homicide, an event centered on “truth and reconciliation” as millions across the nation grapple with police brutality in Black communities. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama teen activist seeks truth, change amid protests

Jul. 4, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It began with a few texts, a flyer and a hashtag: #WeMatterMontgomery. It ended with hundreds of people gathered downtown under the searing June sun, with as equal of a platform given to recent high school graduates as the city’s top leader and a civil rights attorney. It...

Mississippi man remembers protest against Confederate flag

Jul. 4, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — It was prayer that led Jason Whitfield to the beach 18 years ago, and prayer that led him to stay there for 77 days, sleeping on the sand and vowing not to leave until the Confederate battle flag waving high above him had come down. His protest did not immediately bring change. The...