‘A State Of Absurdity’: Author Damon Young Takes On Black Life With Humor

Growing up in Pittsburgh, co-founder of the cultural commentary website VerySmartBrothas and the author of the memoir “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” Damon Young is bringing his “living while black” experiences to the Kranzberg Arts Center on Friday. Young, 40, harbored the idea of writing a book for while. His agent suggested he take his punchy racial, … More ‘A State Of Absurdity’: Author Damon Young Takes On Black Life With Humor

Black History In Kansas City, Kansas: How Downtown Was Desegregated

Chester Owens Jr. remembers bucking the laws of Jim Crow that said a black man had no right to eat where and when he wanted. In 1952, one of those places was a restaurant at Kresge’s department store on Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. “If I can go to Korea and die, I should … More Black History In Kansas City, Kansas: How Downtown Was Desegregated

Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites In Kansas City

Sam Shockley went to school with the black students who eventually desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. So he was more than familiar with the harshness of racism. When he moved to Kansas City in the 1950s, he experienced a different brand of it. “Here it was more covert,” Shockley says. In the … More Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites In Kansas City

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

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

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.

Nike Sees Executive Departures In Harassment Reckoning

At least 11 Nike executives have left the company this year over complaints of an uncomfortable workplace that discriminates against women. The first to go was Nike’s president, Trevor Edwards. The announcement came in mid-March that the company’s No. 2 is retiring in August after more than 25 years. Edwards had been considered a favorite … More Nike Sees Executive Departures In Harassment Reckoning

St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

Advocates concerned about persistent housing segregation in the region might question why promotional materials for the 2018 Fair Housing Conference use the word “celebrate” in reference to the Fair Housing Act. “The reality is the racial segregation that we see everywhere in this country is the product of very explicit design by the federal state … More St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny

This story was selected as a finalist in the 2018 ArchCity Defenders “Excellence in Poverty” Awards!  St. Louis public safety officials want city residents to know people jailed at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution are treated humanely despite allegations to the contrary. In March, the mayor’s spokesman invited reporters to tour the jail — … More Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny