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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Illinois state Rep. Theresa Mah (D-Chicago) says some constituents are telling her they’re afraid of racist repercussions because of President Donald Trump’s insistence on using the phrase “Chinese virus.”

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 Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones appears on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

This year, the U.S. marks the 400th year since the Pilgrims arrived. But the year before that, a much darker period began with the sailing of the White Lion. We speak with New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones about The 1619 Project.

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Senn High School (Wikimedia Commons)

The teacher who was accused by a Hispanic student of telling her to “go back to your country” after she refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance has been removed from the school.

Female student said teacher told her to “go back to your country”

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Senn High School (Wikimedia Commons)

Students inside a North Side high school staged a sit-in Wednesday following allegations that a school staffer told a female student to “go back to (your) country” after she refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance.

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The city of Anna. (Whitney Curtis, special to ProPublica Illinois)

The term “sundown town” is familiar to many African Americans. A new ProPublica Illinois story examines the legacy of one sundown town in Southern Illinois named Anna.

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Justin Vahl of Montgomery, Illinois and his wife, Mary, right, speak during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 about how he was asked to move at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville because a nearby couple didn't want to sit near blacks. (Paul Valade / Daily Herald via AP)

An attorney representing a group of black customers who say they were asked to change tables at a Chicago-area Buffalo Wild Wings because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit.

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

A new resolution on reparations is scheduled to be introduced in City Council this week. Alds. Roderick Sawyer (6th Ward) and Nick Sposato (38th Ward) weigh in on the topic.

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Katherine Ealy (WTTW News)

Two years after a scathing report unveiled a rampant problem at the Department of Water Management, more employees are speaking out about what they call a toxic culture at the city agency. 

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The Chicago race riots of 1919 (Courtesy of the Chicago Defender)

Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the Chicago race riots. How some local organizations are planning to remember that violent week in 1919.

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In this 1919 photo provided by Chicago History Museum, a crowd of men and armed National Guard stand in front of the Ogden Cafe during race riots in Chicago. (Chicago History Museum / The Jun Fujita negatives collection via AP)

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It was branded “Red Summer” because of the bloodshed and amounted to some of the worst white-on-black violence in U.S. history.

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Attendees at a rally in North Carolina for President Donald Trump chant “Send her back” as Trump watches on.

From President Donald Trump’s tweets to a Facebook post on the page of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association, we discuss the widening political divide and what constitutes racism.

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In this June 12, 2000 file photo, country music fans are reflected in the glasses of Southern rock group Confederate Railroad lead singer Danny Shirley during a concert in Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

Country rock band Confederate Railroad has been barred from performing at an Illinois state fair because of its use of the Confederate flag.

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Although the idea behind reparations is “as old as slavery,” it’s gaining more traction than ever before, said Alvin Tillery, a political science professor at Northwestern University.

Statement often attributed to Nazis chosen as senior quote

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Highland Park High School (Google Maps)

Highland Park High School won’t be handing out its yearbooks on time after a statement linked to Nazi leaders was chosen as a senior quote.

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Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF / Facebook)

The suburban school district’s Board of Education voted Monday to spend $54,000 to reprint the books after more than a dozen photos were found of students displaying an upside-down “OK” hand gesture.

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Kathleen Belew appears on “Chicago Tonight” on May 2, 2019.

In her book, “Bring the War Home,” Kathleen Belew argues that the white power movement is more organized than previously thought.

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