Mapping discrimination: A ‘shopping and dining while black’ tracker

If the incidents seem to be coming fast and furious, you’re not imagining things. (Not to mention the other “fill-in-the-blank” while black cases). Many of the chain restaurants and retailers Americans frequent have been caught in the act, with social media and news coverage essentially outing employees who jump to conclusions and make erroneous assumptions … More Mapping discrimination: A ‘shopping and dining while black’ tracker

Lowering Infant Mortality By Supporting Black Mothers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes and the rate of infant mortality for black infants is almost double that of white infants. An organization in Kansas City is trying to turn those numbers around. Kimberly Hardeman … More Lowering Infant Mortality By Supporting Black Mothers

Mapping our race, identity and culture coverage

Education and evacuees in the Hartford area. Segregation and housing matters in and around St. Louis. Diverse voices in Kansas City (in both Missouri and Kansas).  Coming to terms with race in Portland, Oregon. These are just a few of the themes Saving America has explored so far. This map shows where our coverage is … More Mapping our race, identity and culture coverage

‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Gravois Park has an unlikely advocate for inclusive development in a 12-year-old girl who wants to see the vacant buildings and lots on her block be transformed into safe, liveable places. Deyon Ryan’s passion for the issue is partly influenced by her father DeAndre Brown, who has been vocal on the issue. Ryan wrote about … More ‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Majority Of Immigrant Detainees At Oregon Prison Aren’t From Where You Think

Although news accounts have focused on the plight of Latino immigrants separated from their families, the majority of the detainees being housed at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, are not from Mexico or Latin America. The 121 men were detained at the U.S.-Mexican border. But according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 52 of … More Majority Of Immigrant Detainees At Oregon Prison Aren’t From Where You Think

The Hidden Visible: Women Of Color In Kansas City

One out of five Americans is a woman of color. So, why are their perspectives often overlooked, even in conversations about race and gender? KCUR’s Michelle Tyrene Johnson hosts an unfiltered, wide-ranging discussion about life in Kansas City for women of color. Check out the full show Guests: Diane Burkholder Celia Ruiz Calderon Kori Carew … More The Hidden Visible: Women Of Color In Kansas City

After Starbucks Fiasco, Hartford Coffeehouse Gets Its Own Anti-Bias Training

A sign taped to the door told customers that Story and Soil Coffee was closing early for a staff training. Inside the small Hartford café, co-owner Sarah McCoy explained how the incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks — the one that made national headlines and led to a companywide training on racial bias — spurred her to think … More After Starbucks Fiasco, Hartford Coffeehouse Gets Its Own Anti-Bias Training

Signs Of Oregon’s Racist Past Might Be In The Documents Of Homes

Leaders across Oregon have taken great pains in recent years to acknowledge the state’s racist past and dismantle tools of institutional racism in real estate. But the history lingers — maybe even in the documents of your home. Racially restrictive covenants came to prominence in the 1920s. As neighborhoods were created in cities across the country, housing … More Signs Of Oregon’s Racist Past Might Be In The Documents Of Homes

Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

The anti-bias training that closed Starbucks stores across the U.S. for a few hours Tuesday is over. Will it change anything? That’s what one St. Louisan is asking after he was recently racially profiled at a local Nordstrom Rack. Mekhi Lee, 19, and his two friends were shopping at the store in early May when … More Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert

Starbucks stores across the country will be closed on Tuesday afternoon. The company announced it would use the half day to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.” Starbucks announced the move in April after video of police arresting two black men at a Philadelphia location went viral. An employee had called … More What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert

For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut. She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home. “More than ready,” Lasalle, 21, said with a laugh. Check out the full story By Vanessa de … More For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Diversity in the workplace

When people talk about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, it’s usually from the standpoint of the employer. But what about the employee perspective? And for local professionals of color, how does it translate to the day-to-day realities of going to work? Michelle Tyrene Johnson leads the discussion on KCUR. Listen to the show here.