Racism

Is The South Racist? We Asked South Carolinians

The Charleston church shooting and the recent focus on the Confederate flag have reignited age-old debates about racism in the U.S. We wanted to explore the stereotype that the South is more racist than the North. So we hit the road in South Carolina and asked. AJ+’s Dena Takruri reports.

Why Is Baltimore So Angry?

The cameras of the world are focused on Baltimore right now. But the story of Baltimore’s current unrest didn’t start with the death of Freddie Gray. The people of the city have been dealing with a weakened economy, a broken education system and an over-bearing criminal justice system for years. AJ+’s Dena Takruri explains.

What Serial Says About Our Criminal Justice System

Serial’s popularity has made it the fastest-ever podcast to reach 5 million downloads. Fans have tuned in each week to follow journalist Sarah Koenig’s investigation into Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee in the Baltimore area. AJ+’s Dena Takruri looks at why the podcast is such a hit and what it tells us about the criminal-justice system.

When Black People Get Killed – How The Media Responds

From Michael Brown to Renisha McBride to Jordan Davis: how murdered black people are portrayed in the media — and the courtroom — has often led to outrage. And after the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, the hashtags #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, #APHeadlines and #DangerousBlackKids are one way people have flipped the script.

Eric Garner Video Sparks Backlash Over Police Brutality

Eric Garner, an unarmed African-American man, died after NYPD officers put him in an apparent choke hold on July 17, 2014. Video of the incident has gone viral, sparking outrage over yet another incident of police brutality against a person of color. People have used #EricGarner, #JusticeForEricGarner and #RIPEricGarner.