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New Juneteenth holiday gains acceptance – slowly – in Arizona, elsewhere

It took more than two years for news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach the last enslaved people in Texas – and though it may take as long to win wide acceptance for the new federal holiday, supporters say they intend to keep raising awareness.... Read more»

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Juneteenth: 'No need for apologies. I come from great people.'

A legal scholar speaks about her family’s history and how she hopes Juneteenth - long celebrated by millions of Black Americans and established as a federal holiday last year by President Joe Biden - will shape discussions about the nation’s legacy of slavery.... Read more»

Racial discrimination is linked to suicidal thoughts in Black adults and children

Research shows that any attempt to address inequitable treatment of Black Americans should also account for the ways in which racial discrimination has impacted mental health outcomes among this particular population. ... Read more»


Bans on critical race theory could have chilling effect on teaching about racism

Problems emerge in education when laws seek to control what teachers can say about whether a state or a nation itself was racist from inception, or whether the U.S. or any states sought to promote white supremacy through their laws.... Read more»

Declaration of Independence wasn’t really complaining about King George, & 5 other surprising July 4th facts

Many of the ideas Americans may think they know about the Declaration of Independence are wrong, and historian Woody Holton offers six surprising facts about the nation’s founding document – including that it failed to achieve its most immediate goal and that its meaning has changed from the founding to today.... Read more»

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S.... Read more»


Can patriotism and criticism coexist in social studies?

Americans argued over what to teach children about U.S. history since at least Reconstruction, the turbulent period that followed the Civil War, but as the nation has splintered along political and geographic lines, the fights have intensified and compounded the challenges facing social studies education.... Read more»

Attempts to ban teaching on 'critical race theory' multiply across the U.S.

From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term.... Read more»

Brnovich, GOP AGs object to federal proposal on teaching critical race theory

More than two dozen Republican attorneys general, including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich, are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S. ... 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»

Guest opinion

Confederate veterans are part of Arizona's history

Robert J. Johnson, commander of the Arizona Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, wrote this guest opinion in response to the commentary about Confederate flags in the Tucson Rodeo Parade submitted last week by Councilwoman Lane Santa Cruz.... Read more»1

Tucson Rodeo Parade to ban Confederate 'battle flag'; won't change color guard

The most familiar emblem of the Confederate army won't be allowed in the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade anymore, after a public outcry sparked by an op-ed by Councilwoman Lane Santa Cruz. But organizers said they won't eliminate another rebel banner from the color guard.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Santa Cruz: Confederate flags are why I refuse to walk in the Tucson Rodeo Parade

"The Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery, oppression, and white supremacy. Yet, year after year, the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee embraces the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and displays it with the color guard leading the parade." — Tucson Councilwoman Lane Santa Cruz... Read more»10

Tucson victim of human trafficking shares story in D.C.

For those who think slavery exists only in history books, Tucson resident Beth Jacobs has a message. “Trafficking does not discriminate. It will find you at home, at church, or on the Internet,” said Jacobs, who said she was forced into prostitution as a teenager. “It can find you anywhere.”... Read more»

Commentary: Race & beyond

‘Django Unchained’ escapist and thought-provoking

If it hadn’t have been for Spike Lee, I might have blissfully ignored "Django Unchained," the much-talked-about Quentin Tarantino movie about a revenge-minded slave set in pre-Civil War America. There's nothing like a race-based pop culture contretemps to provoke racial chatter.... Read more»

Google donates $11.5M to fight slavery, human trafficking

Google announced Wednesday that it will be giving $11.5 million in grants to 10 organizations that fight modern-day slavery and human trafficking.... Read more»2

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