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How Have Conversations About Race Changed in Houston?

Posted on · This past Friday morning, Dallas police received reports a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a park named for him had been vandalized. Someone spray-painted the word “shame” on the base of the statue. The incident came two weeks after protesters gathered in the park to hold an “undedication” ceremony. And it was reported […]

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Healing Racism, Gardening and the Astros’ First Half: Monday’s Show (July 13, 2015)

Posted on · This past Friday morning, Dallas police received reports a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a park named for him had been vandalized. Someone spray-painted the word “shame” on the base of the statue. The incident came two weeks after protesters gathered in the park to hold an “undedication” ceremony. And it was reported […]

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UH Study: News May Influence Racial Bias

Posted on · Does what we see or read in the news influence our subconscious feelings about race? A new study from the University of Houston suggests as much. We learn more from the study’s co-author, UH Assistant Professor of Communication Temple Northup. His article “Effects of Long-Term Exposure to News Stereotypes on Implicit and Explicit Attitudes” was […]

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Houston Officials Plead for Peace After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Posted on · A number of Houston community organizations are planning a rally in MacGregor Park at 5 p.m. today, in response to a Ferguson, Mo., grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown back in August. Officials in and around Greater Houston are calling for peaceful protest. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who […]

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Louis Gossett Jr. on Race, and Stories Hollywood Hasn’t Told Yet

Posted on · Oscar and Emmy-award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. was in town last week to participate in Houston in Concert Against Hate. He considered the appearance a natural fit for him. He’s always had an eye toward race relations in the role’s he’s chosen to play on screen, including his Emmy-winning role in the landmark TV miniseries Roots, and […]

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Should Houston Schools Named After Confederate Figures Change Their Names?

Posted on · Earlier this year, HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But it’s not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history – examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. Lee. […]

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Confederate Names and Symbols and Your Dental Questions: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this year, HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But it’s not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history – examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. […]

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Is There A Racial Opportunity Divide in Greater Houston?

Posted on · For the last two weeks, the nation has watched events transpire in Ferguson, Missouri. Nightly protests, occasional looting, and a general mistrust of the police by members of the community, have all been spurred by the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer. But as we’ve learned in the two weeks […]