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Race & Religion

A new Anne Frank Center aims to reshape racism through Holocaust education

By Yonat Shimron — September 15, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. (RNS) — The German-Dutch diarist is being memorialized in the heart of the South as part of an educational effort to stem not only hatred of Jews, but bigotry, discrimination and racism more broadly.
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Removal of Robert E. Lee leaves Arthur Ashe as Richmond’s remaining witness

By Robert P. Jones — September 8, 2021
(RNS) — A statue of the tennis great has outlasted the Confederate generals on Monument Avenue.

‘I never thought it would be a campaign’: Muslim artist’s work builds bridges in Pittsburgh

By Kathryn Post — September 7, 2021
PITTSBURGH (RNS) — Ebtehal Badawi’s painting has been used to promote racial and religious unity across the city.

Young Sikhs still struggle with post-Sept. 11 discrimination

By Anita Snow, Noreen Nasir — September 7, 2021
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Such attacks can be particularly hard on young Sikhs, who face bullying by classmates who try to yank off their turbans or mock them as ‘Osama’s nephew’ or ‘Saddam Hussein.’

MLK’s family, Rev. Al Sharpton address voting rights, filibuster at Washington march

By Adelle M. Banks — August 28, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Rev. Al Sharpton contrasted the Aug. 28 march to the Jan. 6 insurrection: ‘We are the real patriots showing America how to be at its best.’

In the beginning, there was reggae

By Andre Henry — August 26, 2021
(RNS) — Reggae music encapsulates the prophetic spirituality I looked to embody when I was an evangelical Christian but could never find.

‘You can’t think yourself out of racism’: Black religion scholars call for conversion

By Renée Roden — August 18, 2021
(RNS) — Black religion scholars say their work is routinely undervalued and their advancement blocked by a bias that sees the study of Black religious experience as secondary to white theology.

The battle over CRT is a manufactured crisis. Here’s why we still have to fight it.

By Khyati Y. Joshi — August 18, 2021
(RNS) — Teachers and administrators are bracing for an attack that is rushing toward them like a tsunami.

Study: Jews of color love Judaism but often experience racism in Jewish settings

By Yonat Shimron — August 12, 2021
(RNS) — The study was intended to foreground the racial diversity of American Jews, a group long assumed to be overwhelmingly white, and to give voice to the experiences of Jews of other races.

William Pannell wrote ‘The Coming Race Wars?’ nearly 30 years ago. It still resonates today

By Alejandra Molina — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — Pannell’s book serves as a historical reflection but 'also as a statement on how far we haven’t come.'

The case for reparations has been made all the more clear by COVID-19

By Kelly Brown Douglas — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — Black Americans have been much more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to the wealth gap and various socioeconomic inequities that are the result of centuries of segregation, discrimination and slavery.

Warnock, Progressive National Baptists focus on voting rights during annual meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — The denominational meeting, which concludes Thursday, also featured discussions on equitable wages and on debates about critical race theory.

Jennifer Hudson: Their shared faith ‘definitely’ helped her depict Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’

By Adelle M. Banks — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We felt it was very important to maintain her faith throughout the film in telling her story because that was her base,’ Hudson said of the R&B star.
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