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In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Joe Biden’s gaffes concerning Black Americans risk exacerbating his challenges with young Black voters who have been more skeptical of him than their older counterparts. 

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Is it time to abolish, or radically alter the way history is taught in Illinois schools? A debate over how the subject is taught.

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Last month, the Trump administration announced it would end an Obama-era housing rule meant to eliminate racial disparities in the suburbs. How that rollback could affect housing in the Chicago area.

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Steve Schapiro speaks with WTTW News.

He took memorable pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and traveled with writer James Baldwin. Steve Schapiro talks about what he witnessed in the United States back then — and what he is seeing today.

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A scene from “Sunset 1919.” (Lookingglass Theatre / Kareem Bandealy)

The short film written and produced by Lookingglass Theatre’s J. Nicole Brooks premieres Monday to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the start of 1919 Chicago race riots.

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Deacon Joseph Conner speaks at an outdoor prayer vigil for racial justice at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

Organizers of a national workers strike say tens of thousands are set to walk off the job Monday in more than two dozen U.S. cities to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Signs for the Washington Redskins are displayed outside FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.

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Handwritten messages on yellow ribbon comprise the installation “Dirty Laundry” on the lawn at Carl Schurz High School. (Erica Gunderson / WTTW News)

On Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Irving Park neighborhood, reflections on race and racism adorn bright yellow ribbons that rustle in the breeze across from Facility, the creative space and gallery behind a community-based art project.

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Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

Health experts have warned of a looming mental health crisis linked to the coronavirus outbreak, and the federal government rolled out a broad anti-suicide campaign. But doctors and researchers say the issues reverberate deeper among Black people.

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(Photo by Artur Tumasjan on Unsplash)

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities has made recent headlines, but racial disparities within health care have been studied and reported on for years.

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The Lakeview neighborhood known as Boystown. (WTTW News)

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police, many Americans have been rethinking everyday language — and how it may contribute to systemic racism.

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In this June 19, 2020, file photo, people demonstrate in Chicago, to mark Juneteenth. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S.

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Christian Picciolini appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

Since 2017, the number of white nationalist hate groups has increased by 55%, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. What’s behind the resurgence? We ask a former skinhead.

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The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie. (WTTW News)

When Nazis sought to march in Skokie in 1978, they did not get their wish. Residents resisted and six years later opened a storefront museum whose mission remains to “take a stand” against bias.

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In this June 19, 2020, file photo, protesters wear protective masks as they march after a Juneteenth rally outside the Brooklyn Museum, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracies theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets.

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Anthony LeBlanc, interim executive director of The Second City, appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (WTTW News)

The improv comedy institution has a new leader after accusations of racism led to a shake-up. We check in with Anthony LeBlanc, the theater’s interim executive director.