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Ex-official calls out city for ending equity group

Sep. 20, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — In the summer of 2020, after racial justice protests roiled Klamath Falls and many other American cities, the Klamath Falls City Council created a task force to examine local issues of racial and social fairness and advise city government on ways to make the city...

Wisconsin district settles suit over harassment of student

Sep. 20, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district has settled a lawsuit brought by one of its former students who said the district ignored years of complaints by her and her mother about multiple sexual assaults and a pattern of racial discrimination. The Baraboo School...

School employee goes to work in blackface, put on leave

Sep. 20, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — An employee at a school outside Portland, Oregon went to work in blackface last week and has been placed on administrative leave, according to a message from the district. KTVL-TV reports the Newberg School District wrote, “It is important to...

Officials investigate fight, racist taunts at football game

Sep. 20, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Mass. (AP) — School officials in Massachusetts are investigating after a physical altercation and allegations of racist taunts ended a high school football game early Friday. Jamaal Hunt, coach of Roxbury Prep High School, said his team from a historically...

Re-defining 'racial equity' may increase donations for it

Sep. 20, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

Though last year's racial justice protests unleashed an avalanche of donations for minority causes, the philanthropic community remains divided about which donations should be counted as advancing racial equity. Candid, a leading philanthropy research organization, told...

Bipartisan redistricting panel starts off with partisan maps

Sep. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A new bipartisan redistricting commission is looking at two sets of distinctly partisan maps as it sets out to draw new boundaries for Virginia's General Assembly districts. Democratic and Republican map drawers on Monday submitted their first...

Vandals deface `Black Lives Matter' mural in Michigan city

Sep. 20, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A “Black Lives Matter” street mural painted this summer in southeastern Michigan has been defaced by vandals who covered part of it with white paint. The weekend attack in Ypsilanti left the 260-foot mural's words “Black Lives” drenched...

Hate crime charged after Black woman says man spit at her

Sep. 20, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — A 53-year-old man has been arrested on a felony hate crime charge after he allegedly hurled racial slurs and spit on a Black woman and her daughter before striking their vehicle with his own car outside a suburban Chicago grocery store, prosecutors said. ...

4 men charged for shouting antisemitic abuse in London

Sep. 20, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Four men were charged Monday for allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse while driving around in a convoy in north London. The suspects, all in their 20s and from the northwest English town of Blackburn, are accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting...

Racially motivated crime raises questions in Minnesota town

Sep. 20, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — July. That is the first time the Cold Spring Police Department reported a racially-motivated crime in 2021, after a vehicle with a block of granite on the accelerator crashed into the home of a multiracial family. Property damage on May 4 and...