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Ohio University's Cutler Hall on the first day of the semester.

Ohio University investigates two incidents directed at Black students on campus

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is investigating an incident in which a racist note attached to a large garbage bag was left outside a dorm room. The note, handwritten in black ink on lined notebook paper, includes the words trash, two racial slurs directed at Black people and a vulgarity directed at women. The… Read More

A row of desks in a classroom with a backpack hanging up on the back wall

An updated measure in the Ohio House would ban required teaching of systemic racism

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Neither the state nor school districts could require or compel Ohio teachers to affirm a belief in the systemic nature of racism or “the multiplicity or fluidity of gender identities.” That’s according to the latest version of a bill introduced Wednesday in the Ohio House restricting how the topic of racism… Read More

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Two Ohio Board of Education appointees who supported anti-racism resolution resign

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two appointed members of the Ohio Board of Education will lose their seats. State Board of Education president Laura Kohler of New Albany, whose term was supposed to end in 2024, and member Eric Poklar of Worthington both resigned. Kohler submitted her resignation to Gov. Mike DeWine Thursday afternoon,… Read More

A demonstrator participates at a rally "Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power" to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence outside the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Asian American Community Battles Surge In Hate Crimes Stirred From COVID-19

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WASHIGNTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — As the U.S. continues its battle against COVID-19, it is also battling a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. A recent report found that hate crimes against Asian Americans in major U.S. cities surged by nearly 150 percent in 2020 —even as the number of overall hate crimes fell. NewsHour’s… Read More

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

Brown Wants To Take On The Racial Homeownership Gap

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said systemic racism in home lending is one of the top priorities for the banking committee he now chairs. He wants to make racial equity a priority for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. His goal is to look at the… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Says Racism Is A Public Health Crisis

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called racism a public health crisis while releasing a report from a task force created to look into how COVID-19 is hitting people of color disproportionately. The minority health strike force identified dozens of issues to address disparities when it comes to health issues for people of color, known… Read More

Clashes Between “Defend The Police” And “Defend Our Community” End Peacefully

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — On a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon uptown Athens hosted two protests that, despite its tense moments ended with a symbolic gesture of peace. According to a Facebook event page, the “Defend the Police” (DTP) event asked people to gather at the Athens County Courthouse on July 5 to “show support… Read More

Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City)

Senate President Rebukes Huffman’s Comments, Calls For Bias Training

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The top leader of the Ohio Senate, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), has rebuked the racist comments made by Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) during a committee hearing. Huffman drew sharp criticism after using the term “colored population” during a committee hearing on a resolution, SCR14, that would declare racism as… Read More

The sponsors of the Senate resolution, Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) and Sen. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) offer proponent testimony. The lone Republican who signed on, Sen. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton, bottom left) is among those looking on.

Resolution Declaring Racism A Public Health Crisis Gets First Hearing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 50 people were signed up to speak out at the first hearing in the Ohio Senate for a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. They were some of the more than 130 people and groups who provided written testimony in support of the proposal backed by eight Senate… Read More

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W.Va. Officials Announce Discipline Over Photograph of Corrections Trainees Giving Nazi Salute

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Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.  The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety is opening an investigation into an offensive photo depicting state corrections trainees giving a well-recognized Nazi hand signal. State officials announced that suspsensions related to the photo have taken place. In a photo released Thursday, 31 members… Read More

Ohio Officials Discuss Hate Crimes Before Klan-Related Rally

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Federal and local officials in Ohio are discussing how to prevent and respond to hate crimes at a public meeting ahead of a Ku Klux Klan-related group’s rally planned next month. Wednesday’s meeting is part of scheduled programming by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Rob Streck expected a larger turnout… Read More