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Memphis erases Confederate general from its public spaces

Jun. 19, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s polarizing presence has hung over Memphis since he moved here in 1852 — his legacy cemented by a giant statue that loomed over all who passed his gravesite in a popular park. Defenders considered him a...

Nonprofits look to improve Wisconsin homeownership disparity

Jun. 19, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — To Greg Lewis, the home was beautiful. Cozy and inviting, the two-bedroom house in Milwaukee had a finished basement, two and a half car garage, an attached apartment and a yard. He had his eyes set on it for 42 days, only to learn that the...

UM dental school group looks to promote diversity, inclusion

Jun. 19, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new student group in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is looking to continue the effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the school. The group, Better Together, hosted its first event on May 25, exactly one year after...

New York AG: Town agrees to end biased housing practices

Jun. 18, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James said Friday she's reached an agreement with a Hudson Valley town and county to end discriminatory housing practices she says were designed to keep Hasidic Jewish families from moving in. James said the agreement...

Judge denies bid to move trial over white nationalist rally

Jun. 18, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday denied a request to move the trial in a lawsuit filed against organizers of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally out of Charlottesville. U.S. District Court Judge Norman Moon first floated the idea of moving the...

Indianapolis man gets 46 months for hate crime at neighbor

Jun. 18, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to federal hate crime and weapons charges for threatening a Black neighbor, prosecutors said. Shepherd Hoehn, 51, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and...

Governor to examine claims against Eau Claire prosecutor

Jun. 18, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has appointed a commissioner to look into allegations that the Eau Claire County district attorney has behaved inappropriately with employees. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports Gary King is accused of making inappropriate...

Firefighter alleges he was subjected to racial slurs

Jun. 18, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — A veteran Massachusetts firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the city of Newton alleging that he has been subjected to racist language on the job and has experienced a hostile work environment. Newton firefighter Lee Gilliam, who is Black,...

Beyond "In the Heights," colorism persists, rarely addressed

Jun. 18, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

Every year, Hollywood inevitably comes under criticism for its lack of racial diversity. But another lesser-known yet still pervasive problem also resurfaces: the lack of diversity in skin tone. It happened again with “In the Heights,” a big-budget film based on the...

Catholic foster care agency wins Supreme Court verdict

Jun. 17, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples. The court said the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited...