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Stark racial disparities persist in vaccinations, state-level CDC data shows

A sweeping national look by the CDC at the race and ethnicity of COVID-19 vaccination rates on a state-by-state basis shows Black Americans’ are still lagging months into the nation’s campaign. ... Read more»

'Therapy is for white people': Black mental health experts work to overcome stigmas

Nationally, about 1 in 3 Black adults who need mental health care receive it. The American Psychiatric Association finds they also are more likely to access such care through emergency rooms or primary doctors than from mental health specialists. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 14% of Black adults received any mental health treatment in 2019 compared with 23% of whites. Of those seeking treatment, 8% of Black patients got counseling or therapy, compared with 11% of whites.... Read more»

The pandemic is worsening a long-running crisis: child care

The pandemic shut down child care centers across the country. It’s no coincidence that it also sent unemployment rates soaring among women, especially those with young children. The unusual events of the last year broadly expanded the number of women facing child care crises, but this problem predated COVID-19, fueled by racial inequity and the gender wage gap. ... Read more»

Az schools chief rejects GOP request to defund school district for '1619 Project' lessons

The Arizona Department of Education won’t act on a request from a Republican state lawmaker to take funding away from a Phoenix school district that serves low-income students because it adopted curriculum from “The 1619 Project,” which examines the legacy of slavery in the U.S. ... Read more»

Racial equity is key to helping homeless during the pandemic

Leading national experts have said racial equity should be at the center of homeless responses during the COVID-19 pandemic — a recognition that people of color are disproportionately affected by both homelessness and the coronavirus. Here’s a look at the issues.... Read more»

Data shows Arizona’s racial inequities in education, poverty, prisons

Data suggests that inequities between whites and people of color in Arizona stretch far beyond interactions with police.... Read more»

FactChecking ‘pernicious’ Obamacare claims

Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour talk-a-thon and President Obama’s joint appearance with former President Clinton will keep us busy for a while, but so far we’ve seen our share of false, misleading and not-quite-right statements.... Read more»

Racial disparity in presidential pardons: What can be done?

If the government wants to correct racial disparity in presidential pardons, it will require a hard look at the standards used to judge applicants and whether there is implicit bias in the way decisions are made.... Read more»

Presidential pardons heavily favor whites

White criminals seeking presidential pardons over the past decade have been nearly four times as likely to succeed as minorities. Blacks have had the poorest chance of receiving the president's ultimate act of mercy. ... Read more»