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“Everything is still the same”: A year after protests, young Coloradans don’t think anyone is listening anymore

Melissa Boateng is still scared. It’s a quiet fear, not one expressed through echoes of rally chants and parades of protesters, but one that follows her from her Denver home out into her community. This time last year, Boateng, now 18, had recently led a youth-centered Black Lives Matter protest that drew a crowd of […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd

By Amy Forliti, Stephen Groves, Tammy Webber and Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination […]

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Colorado judge resigns after state Supreme Court censure over multiple reports of racial bias

By Colleen Slevin, Associated Press A Colorado judge will resign after being censured for repeatedly saying a racial slur in a conversation with a Black employee, expressing her views on racial justice while on the bench as well as using court employees to work on personal business. The Colorado Supreme Court issued the censure for […]

Posted inOpinion

In 1963, America didn’t listen to the “language of the unheard.” We can’t afford to fail this time.

Colorado’s Living History is a regular feature in The Colorado Sun, in collaboration with History Colorado, showcasing opinion pieces by members of the State Historian’s Council that connect history with current events. On the evening of July 12, 1967, in Newark, New Jersey, two white police officers badly beat a black cab driver named John […]

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Opinion: To become a truly anti-racist society, we must go beyond police reform

Racism is not a new problem. It is not an accident, either.   Our country’s forbears consciously wrote laws and policies to keep people of color from the rooms of power, to subjugate and oppress them, creating generations of suffering.   Building racial justice must be an equally active process.   Racial equity is more than an absence […]