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Boston Schools Desegregation, Then And Now: Through The Eyes Of A Black Student Who Survived The 1970s Turmoil

September 30, 2021

Cedric Turner was 16 years old when bell bottoms were polyester and “The Bump” filled radio airwaves, moving young people to knock their hips together to the beat. It was the dawn of the disco era, with colored lights flashing in nightclubs as music blasted away. A street-wise kid from Mattapan, Turner was Black, six-foot-two…

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June 25, 2021

The pandemic is waning, but the mental health crisis for children isn’t. And for many children of color, the full impact of the last 15 months — against a backdrop of longstanding systemic racism and inequities — may just be coming into focus. Mahailya Effee, a 15-year-old who lives in Roxbury, Mass., says from the…

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‘The Racism Pandemic’: Advocates Hope New Commission Will Improve Health Equity In Vermont

June 21, 2021

Vermont is about to embark on a new effort to address racial and other disparities in the health care system. Over the last two years, the life expectancy of Black men in the United States has dropped by three years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the racial gap in life expectancy is now wider than…

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What’s Changed? ‘Not Enough’: Boston Protesters Reflect On The Year Since George Floyd’s Killing

May 25, 2021

Tanoah Pierre didn’t tell her family when she headed out to join demonstrators in downtown Boston late last May. She knew her relatives would be concerned about the coronavirus or the possibility that violence might break out and try to discourage her from going. But with the video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s…

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Witness Stones: Commemorating The Lives of Enslaved People In Connecticut

May 21, 2021

How should we remember painful events in our history? There are more than 70 Witness Stones installed throughout our state. The markers commemorate the lives of the enslaved people that lived in Connecticut. This hour, we talk to the founder of this project and hear about a potential Witness Stone to remember an enslaved woman…

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LISTEN: Rebecca Carroll On ‘Surviving The White Gaze’

May 20, 2021

At first, Rebecca Carroll’s childhood in rural New Hampshire seemed idyllic. But as a Black child raised by adoptive white parents, her life became much more complicated. “It essentially was the white gaze,” Carroll told NEXT . “It was the world my parents created, the way they wanted it to look, without any indication of…

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LISTEN: Katharine Morris On Using L.O.V.E. To Tackle Environmental Racism

May 6, 2021

Cities around New England have declared racism a public health crisis. Scholar-activist Katharine “Kat” Morris is especially interested in the intersection between racism, health and environmental justice — something she talked about in her 2019 TEDxUConn talk . Morris noted that a fifth of Connecticut’s pollution is concentrated in five cities where the majority of…

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‘It Just Stays With You’: The Corrosive Health Effects Of Decades Of Anti-Asian Violence

April 9, 2021

Fear opens with the front door for Lisa Wong. It walks her down the street, and it follows her into the grocery store. Fear is a strange voice calling out from a passing car. It lurks around every corner. Fear is in her Zoom calls when she works as town manager of Winchester. That fear…

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New Englanders Bring Targeted Approach To Reparations Movement

March 31, 2021

People have been making the case for reparations for Black Americans for decades, and there are signs of forward movement. President Joe Biden has expressed support for a federal bill that would study the issue, and the new COVID-19 relief legislation includes several billion dollars to help Black farmers. In New England, some groups are…

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Virus Of Hate: ‘We Are Not Your Fetish’ — Combating Anti-Asian Racism And Sexism

March 26, 2021

Police have not said whether the killing of eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women, was a hate crime. Still, the shooting is troubling many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Especially women, who reported nearly 70% of hate incidents against the community since the pandemic, according to researchers at STOP AAPI HATE. “In a…

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