Dr. Dudley Flood (Left) and Jerry Craft (Right)

Black scholars: Teachers shouldn’t cave to pressure to restrict lessons about U.S. racial history

BY: - October 9, 2023

America’s educators must not cower before lawmakers attempting to restrict what they teach students about America’s racial history, author and education reformer Lisa Delpit told hundreds of teachers attending the annual Color of Education summit in Raleigh on Saturday. Delpit, the author of the groundbreaking book, “Multiplication Is for White People” said teachers must engage […]

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Racial gerrymandering returns to U.S. Supreme Court. This time it’s South Carolina’s fight.

BY: - October 6, 2023

Civil rights groups will be closely watching the U.S. Supreme Court next Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to South Carolina’s congressional redistricting map. In Alexander v. SC State Conference of the NAACP, the plaintiffs contend South Carolina’s legislature adopted a racially gerrymandered congressional map last year, moving hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians […]

Bestselling children’s author Jerry Craft laments book bans ahead of Raleigh visit

BY: - October 4, 2023

Ignoring the advice of literary friends, bestselling children’s author Jerry Craft reads every email, every book review and every social media post about his work. Craft dutifully responds to each. After thousands of such interactions, the award-winning author — he won the prestigious Newberry Medal in 2020 — of the popular graphic novel “New Kid” […]

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Legally required racial data can still fail to prove police stop people for ‘driving while Black’

BY: - September 12, 2023

Jeremy Johnson had parked his Ford Mustang beside a “No Trespassing” sign in the parking lot of Raleigh North Apartments in the early morning hours of Nov. 22, 2017. As Raleigh Police Officer B.A. Kuchen patrolled the lot, it looked to him like Johnson slid his body under the steering wheel, apparently trying to hide […]

Lawmakers condemn anti-Asian remarks from principal following UNC-Chapel Hill shooting

BY: - September 6, 2023

The North Carolina Asian American Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus condemned racist and xenophobic remarks from a Wayne County high school principal Wednesday in the wake of last week’s fatal shooting at UNC-Chapel Hill. Wendy Waters, principal of Spring Creek High School in Seven Springs, took to her personal Facebook page after UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student […]

A North Carolina historical marker sign entitled "PCB PROTESTS" celebrates the start of the environmental justice movement

It may have just gotten harder to protect minority communities from pollution

BY: - August 30, 2023

In recent years, some states have invested in air quality monitoring, applied extra scrutiny to permitting decisions and steered cleanup funding to minority communities that have borne the brunt of pollution for decades. Now, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down race-conscious college admissions policies, state lawmakers are facing a […]

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Attorney says Supreme Court affirmative action ruling prompts overreaction at UNC

BY: - August 29, 2023

The UNC System’s recent directives to its campuses on how to react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on race in admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University reflect the politics of the system’s political appointees more than sound legal reasoning, according to a prominent civil rights attorney who argued the case. When civil rights […]

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‘Hate will not prevail in America’: Biden marks 60 years since March on Washington

BY: - August 29, 2023

The U.S. still hasn’t met the goals of the Civil Rights Movement, President Joe Biden said Monday, the 60th anniversary of one of the movement’s most iconic events. Six decades to the day after the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Biden urged Americans not […]

Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Monday numbers: Diversity, appointments and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees

BY: - August 28, 2023

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision against the consideration of race in admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University, the campus and UNC System level governing boards have wrestled with the issue of racial diversity — its value in higher education, and how and whether to pursue it. Last month, the […]

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UNC System issues new directives after U.S. Supreme Court ruling on race in admissions

BY: - August 23, 2023

The UNC System has issued directives to its 17 campuses on how to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision on the role of race in admissions. Over five pages, it lays out specific policies for universities and warns against actions and policies not explicitly prohibited by the Supreme Court decision, due to “the […]

The looming childcare “crisis,” public benefits and their impact on the foster care system

BY: - August 17, 2023

Beth Messersmith can see the crisis coming. Come December, the federal funds for childcare will run dry. Unless state lawmakers allocate $300 million to cover the cost for the next two years, working families will suffer — which means so will North Carolina’s economy. “The childcare workforce is the workforce behind the workforce,” said Messersmith, […]

the Louisburg Confederate monument in the town's Oakwood Cemetary

NC Appeals Court rules for Town of Louisburg in removal of Confederate monument

BY: - August 16, 2023

The North Carolina Court of Appeals sided with the Town of Louisburg Tuesday in a lawsuit over the its removal of a Confederate monument. The court found local residents, who had sued the town, did not have legal standing and were unable to establish their “proprietary or contractual interest in the monument” or “a legally […]