Race & Culture

Bountiful High School Native American mascot controversy: A sign of respect or a disrespectful tribute? Community members voiced their concerns about the Braves, Bountiful High School’s Native American mascot at Davis School District’s board meeting Tuesday evening.

New ICE rule puts international students at risk to COVID or deportation: As the country continued to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, many college and university students are opting to take a full load of online classes next month. But for international students, that could mean disqualification to remain in the United States legally.

Pacific Islander community tops COVID-19 infection rate for Utah’s minority groups: New data shows Utah’s Pacific Islander community now has the highest COVID-19 infection rate in all of the state’s minority groups. ABC4’s Rosie Nguyen talked to experts about why they think this group is more at-risk as well as a community member who lost a loved one to the virus.

Navajo Nation’s COVID19 progress: Just three months ago, Navajo Nation experienced one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. Now, it’s a vastly different scene on the reservation as they hit a new milestone Monday and the daily case count continuing to decline.

Indian Hill Mills Schools withdraws handbook over concerns about racially stereotyping image: Student handbooks from Indian Hills Middle School have been withdrawn after concerns about a stock image of a Black man was used to depict gang clothing in the dress code section.

The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic: Hundreds of Native American families nationwide have no answers as to what happened to their daughters, sisters, mothers, and aunts who were murdered or went missing. It’s an epidemic that impacts Utahns, both in urban cities and on the reservation, leaving us asking the question, ‘What makes it so difficult to provide justice to these families?’

Odyssey Dance Theater addresses concerns about racial gestures in dance segment: For the first time since the Odyssey Dance Theatre received backlash for gestures made by their performers in a KSL segment last Wednesday, they met with members of the local Asian community to talk about what happened and how they could move forward.

Golden Spike: the Chinese Contribution: May 10th, 2019 marked the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. But did you know that 15,000 Chinese workers made the biggest contribution to its construction and 500 of them are buried right here in Utah?

Weber State University soccer player under investigation for alleged racist rant: For the second time in one week, Weber State University is investigating a complaint about alleged racist behavior. But this time, it reportedly involves one of their soccer club’s players who is heard saying racial slurs in a video posted on Twitter over the weekend.

Salt Lake City Community College hit by white supremacist propaganda again: For the second time in four months, Salt Lake Community College administration received reports of white supremacist propaganda on their campuses.

Makeup trend Blackface concerns: A new online makeup trend is drawing criticism and backlash after several makeup distributors with Younique, a Lehi-based beauty company, participated on social media. However, leaders in Utah’s black community said this could be a great learning opportunity for those interested in being an ally.

Black Fathers Matter photoshoot: A Father’s Day photoshoot organized by the Northern Utah Black Lives Matter chapter aims to break down stereotypes and change the negative image of Black fathers. The project included more than a dozen families across the valley.

U.S. Supreme Court rules DACA was illegally rescinded: Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program across the country, including right here in Utah joined in celebration Thursday of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that the program was illegally rescinded by the Trump administration.

Walmart responds to concerns about employee wearing mask with confederate flag: Walmart’s corporate office is responding after a customer raised concerns about an employee wearing a face mask with the confederate flag while working at the Harrisville location.

Anti-immigrant vanity license plate controversy: A vanity license plate approved back in 2015 containing the characters “DEPORTM” is now under review by the Utah State Tax Commission, after a Salt Lake City couple raised concerns about its potentially anti-immigrant message.

In Pursuit of the American Dream: Immigration has been a heated debate in the state and country. But what some people don’t know is that migrant workers make up approximately 11 percent of Utah’s workforce.

Petition to change BYU building named after slave master: A bad tribute to a slave master or a way to honor one of Utah’s pioneers? That’s the debate sparked by a new petition by a group of current and former BYU students, calling for a name change to the Abraham O. Smoot Administration Building on campus.

SLC Commission on Racial Equity in Policing: Salt Lake City leaders announced the implementation of a new advising council that will make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on Salt Lake City’s policy, budget, and culture of policing.

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