NC Reparation Efforts Focus On 'Generational Wealth,' Avoid Direct Payments

Aug 1, 2020
Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez / NC News Intern Corps

The approval of reparations for Black residents in Asheville almost three weeks ago is being followed by similar demands in cities across North Carolina.

C.T. Vivian
Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson


Mourners said goodbye Thursday to civil rights activist and minister, the Rev. Dr. C T Vivian, a top aide to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vivian died at the age of 95 last week. His casket laid in state in the rotunda of Georgia’s state capitol building Wednesday and his funeral was held Thursday in Atlanta.

Davidson College
David Boraks / WFAE

Protests for racial justice this spring and summer have prompted a related movement: Black people and other people of color have been sharing their stories of injustice and everyday racism in public ways. Davidson College students and alumni have been using an Instagram page to collect their stories - and to demand change. 

Queens University

Queens University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to rename the main administration building whose namesake was linked to slavery.

Burwell Hall will now be known as Queens Hall.

3 Wilmington Police Officers Fired Over Racist Rants

Jun 25, 2020
Wilmington Police Department / Facebook

Three members of a North Carolina police department have been fired after a department audit of a video recording captured one of the officers saying a civil war was necessary to wipe Black people off the map and that he was ready.

Ron Cogswell / Flickr

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The nationwide uproar over police brutality and racism has led to the toppling and removal of Confederate monuments. How did these icons become part of the landscape in the first place?

This program originally aired March 12, 2019

Updated at 5:16 p.m. ET

Derek Chauvin now faces a charge of second-degree murder in addition to earlier charges, and three other former Minneapolis police officers who were involved in George Floyd's death face charges of aiding and abetting murder, according to new court documents.

Wake Forest Apologizes For Slavery In University's Past

Feb 21, 2020
NC Department of Cultural Resources

WINSTON-SALEM — The president of Wake Forest University issued a public apology Thursday for the institution's past involvement in slavery.


Walk into any classroom for gifted students in North Carolina and you’ll probably see mostly white and Asian faces. Those students are seven or eight times as likely to be labeled academically gifted as black students, and five or six times as likely as Hispanic ones.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center

Hate mail and racist remarks have long been a reality for people in public life – especially for African Americans. But instead of quietly commiserating with colleagues, a few Charlotte officials are calling out those messages in public meetings.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts
David Boraks / WFAE

The police shooting of an African -American man in Charlotte last month sparked protests not just about policing, but also about racism and inequality. In an open letter a week ago, Charlotte City Council pledged new policies and programs. Monday night, the council took what it called "the first steps."

In a single unanimous vote, the City Council approved a series of measures in response to community anger and frustration after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.  They include:

Debby Irving And Waking Up White

Apr 8, 2014
Debby Irving

Debby Irving grew up thinking of herself as someone who didn’t see color. She believed she didn’t have a racist bone in her body but, despite her best efforts, all her best friends were white.  Still, she didn’t think herself a member of any race.  And that, she says, was the biggest problem.  She joins us to talk about Waking Up White and finding herself in the story of race.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." There is evidence that children form attitudes and opinions about race as early as six months old. In a recent study by our guest Dr. Melanie Killen (commissioned by CNN), a white child and a black child look at the exact same picture of two students on the playground and see very different things. How do children interpret our differences and form racial attitudes? We'll find out how to talk to kids about race with a researcher into children's social development and the author of a children's book about race.

  Author Tim Wise is an anti-race activist who writes and lectures about his thoughts on race from the perspective of a white man and his experiences. He joins us to talk about race and racism in politics, culture, the media and business, and how he uses his position as a white male to educate people about things like "white denial," "white privilege" and outright racism. We'll also talk about what local organizations are doing to educate the community about these topics as well, when Charlotte Talks.