Statues and monuments linked to slavery are being taken down — sometimes forcefully by protesters themselves — across the United States as people grapple with the painful history that they often memorialize.

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Students and others across the U.S. are publicly shaming young authors of racist social media posts, and in some cases forwarding copies to college admissions offices, athletic coaches and employers to press them for punishment.

The effort is intended to impose real-world consequences for hateful speech online. It is complicated by free-speech legal protections and questions about holding youths accountable for terrible judgment in what they say or write, even as minors, or when they share such posts among small groups of friends.

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What does it take to reopen an investigation into a police-involved death of a young Black man after the district attorney refuses to press criminal charges and the officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing?

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Splash Mountain, a Disney Theme Park staple ride, is undergoing a design change in response to complaints about its association with the film Song of the South. Disney announced in a statement on Thursday that the ride would be "re-themed" to focus on the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog.

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June 19 commemorates the day the last enslaved African Americans learned of their freedom in Galveston, Texas — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This year, Juneteenth was observed amid continuing demonstrations and other events addressing systemic racism, injustice and police violence. In South Florida, people danced, remembered and looked ahead.

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A plan to improve how public schools in Miami-Dade County teach students about racism drew a racist backlash last week — a response that reflected a long history of denying anti-Black prejudice in a place where race relations are more complicated than Black and white.

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A noose - among the most threatening and resonant images from America's long history of white racist violence - was left in the garage stall Sunday of NASCAR's sole African American driver in the Cup Series, its top stock car racing circuit.

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The Miami-Dade County School Board voted 8-1 during a virtual meeting Wednesday night to review and enhance how the district teaches racism and empower a student task force to tackle the issue.

The proposal, however, became the target of a misinformation campaign.

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South Florida journalist Joel Franco faced heavy scrutiny in March after old tweets surfaced online. This month, a second wave of outrage was directed at him.


Multiple women came forward with sexual assault allegations, some of them saying the acts occurred when they were minors.


On this Wednesday, June 10, episode of Sundial:

Fort Lauderdale Mayor On Defunding Police

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A Cuban-American Miami-Dade County School Board member is opposing a proposal to enhance the district’s anti-racism curriculum and empower a student task force to examine racial injustice, arguing the district has been a “stellar example of inclusion” and claiming that any historical instances of discrimination propagated by the district were quickly righted.

As of Friday, 15 of the top 20 bestselling books on Amazon were about race or racism. Earlier this week, Code Switch was number one on Apple Podcasts — which, as host Gene Demby said, is "dope," but unfortunately occurred under "soul-crushing circumstances." And The Help is trending on Netflix (ahem, a film that drew immediate ire upon release).

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It’s a mystery why the Trump Administration chose Miami this week as one of only two major U.S. cities to be sent “riot teams” as protests against police brutality and racism sweep the nation.

But you can be fairly sure that that brief federal deployment impressed one very large group here in particular: conservative, voter-eligible Latin American expats, especially those who fled lawlessness in their home countries for the law and order of this one. And yet, Latin American expats are precisely the South Floridian voices that should be out in front of these angry marches – warning the rest of us.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr asked the Department of Justice on Sunday to conduct an investigation into the handling of the Ahmaud Arbery case.

Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed in February while jogging through a neighborhood in Glynn County, Ga. His death sparked a national outcry and demands for justice after a cellphone video of the shooting began circulating online last week.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday that it has arrested two white men in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed in February while jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Glynn County, Ga.