Race and ethnicity

May 18, 2020 - 7:58 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr., former Buffalo Bills defensive end and the first African- American player to appear in a game at Mississippi, has died. He was 65. Ole Miss announced in a release that Williams died Monday from natural causes at a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital...
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Malik Muhammad, center, joins a group of people marching from the Glynn County Courthouse in downtown to a police station after a rally to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Brunswick, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
May 16, 2020 - 10:58 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Justice for Ahmaud Arbery, a black man killed during a pursuit by a white man and his son in Georgia, isn't just prison time for his killers — it's changes in a local justice system that never charged them with a crime, rallygoers said Saturday. Hundreds of people came to the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York. On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Obama plans to speak during “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition,” a two-hour livestreaming event for historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
May 16, 2020 - 9:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized U.S. leaders overseeing the nation's response to the coronavirus, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials "aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Obama spoke on “Show...
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In this Tuesday, May 5, 2020, photo, Morehouse College senior Lanarion "LTL" Norwood Jr., of Atlanta, works on his computer in a hotel room in Atlanta. Students were sent home from the college amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Norwood learned the campus was shutting down and he was worried about going home to finish his senior year in a neighborhood he describes as "gang-ridden, drug-ridden, all over violence-ridden." Morehouse stepped up with a plan, working to house about 20 students. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
May 15, 2020 - 5:04 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ja’nayla Johnson worked hard in high school with the dream of being the first in her family to graduate from college, but she started to doubt herself as several colleges rejected her. Then Bennett, a small historically black women’s college in North Carolina, saw Johnson’s...
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FILE - In this April 2020, file photo is the Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton, Mo. A Missouri man who was planning to bomb a Kansas City-area hospital killed himself in March as FBI agents served a probable cause arrest warrant, the FBI said Friday, May 15, 2020. An autopsy determined that FBI agents shot Timothy Wilson, 36, of Raymore, Mo., in the upper and lower extremities on March 24 on a street in Belton, Mo., but that his cause of death was a self-inflicted wound to the head, the agency said. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP, File)
May 15, 2020 - 2:50 pm
MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man who was planning to bomb a Kansas City-area hospital killed himself in March as FBI agents served a probable cause arrest warrant, the FBI said Friday. An autopsy determined that FBI agents shot Timothy Wilson, 36, of Raymore, Missouri, in the upper and lower...
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President Donald Trump listens as Sister Eneyda Martinez, with Poor Sisters of St. Joseph, at left podium, speaks during a White House National Day of Prayer Service in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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May 15, 2020 - 11:28 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus has prompted almost two-thirds of American believers to feel that God is telling humanity to change how it lives, a new poll finds. While the virus rattles the globe, causing economic hardship for millions and killing more than 80,000 Americans, the findings of the...
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FILE-Int this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), answers questions of the journalists about his first seven months in office and outlines the organization's priorities for the next five years, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization’s director-general has faced many challenges during the coronavirus pandemic: racial slurs, death threats, social media caricatures — he was once depicted as a ventriloquist’s dummy in the hands of Chinese President Xi Jinping — and U.S. funding cuts. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
May 14, 2020 - 3:44 am
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s director-general has faced many challenges during the coronavirus pandemic: racial slurs, death threats, social media caricatures — he was once depicted as a ventriloquist’s dummy in the hands of Chinese President Xi Jinping — and U.S. funding cuts...
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Medical personnel help residents sign in for a COVID-19 test at the Bethany Baptist Church, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Churches in low income communities across New York are offering COVID-19 testing to residents in conjunction with New York State and Northwell Health. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 13, 2020 - 9:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A fourth region in upstate New York might start reopening for business. New York City launched an informational campaign about a rare syndrome afflicting children. And the city's police commissioner rebutted complaints of racism in his department's handling of social distancing...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people, including those with the boogaloo movement, demonstrate against business closures due to concern about COVID-19, at the State House in Concord, N.H. It's a fringe movement with roots in a online meme culture steeped in irony and dark humor. But experts warn that the anti-government boogaloo movement has attracted a dangerous element of far-right extremists. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
May 13, 2020 - 6:26 pm
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — They carry high-powered rifles and wear tactical gear, but their Hawaiian shirts and leis are what stand out in the crowds that have formed at state capital buildings to protest COVID-19 lockdown orders. The signature look for the “boogaloo” anti-government movement is...
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May 13, 2020 - 3:03 pm
France’s parliament has approved a bill aimed at fighting hate online that obliges platforms and search engines to remove prohibited content within 24 hours starting July 1. Lawmakers adopted the proposed legislation on Wednesday. Submitted by French President Emmanuel Macron’s LREM party, the law...
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