racism

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A speaker coming to Western Michigan University says the country has a problem with “colorblind” racism. Meghan Burke defines that as, "Ways of talking and thinking about race that affirm our belief in individualism and (often imagined) cultural differences, without recognizing the many remaining barriers to equality."


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A program fighting systemic racism in Kalamazoo now has a million-dollar endowment. The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation project is working in several areas. Kalamazoo Community Foundation CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway says they include discrimination in housing.

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College campuses may be increasingly diverse, but incoming students are still often from segregated neighborhoods, meaning they "don't have much practice connecting across lines of difference," says race relations expert Beverly Tatum. So how will things ever improve in America?


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What's one of the most powerful ways to reduce racism in America? Just talk to someone different than you. So says race relations scholar Beverly Tatum, the former longtime president of Spelman College, an historically black women's college in Atlanta. 


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Michigan’s anti-truancy polices are backfiring, especially for students of color. That’s the message from activists in Kalamazoo who say they’re working with lawmakers on an overhaul.

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