Race and Diversity

The site of a former cotton field
Amid the Black Lives Matter protests and the removal of two Confederate monuments from state land in Arizona, there is one particular issue that has been missed — the state has quietly been erasing the history of African Americans.
Arizona Voices: Race, Diversity And The Black Lives Matter Movement
Aug. 6, 2020
Vanessa Fonseca-Chavez
Two Confederate monuments were recently removed from state property in Arizona as the debate continues across the country about what should happen to these kinds of relics of our country’s often racist past. But some say it’s not just Confederate monuments we should be paying attention to.
Aug. 5, 2020
David Schweikert
The protests against racial injustice are motivating some political candidates to take on challenging races. In the suburbs of Phoenix, Democrats are targeting a predominantly white district that has been held by Republicans for nearly a decade. Ethics violations committed by the incumbent could make the race more competitive.
Aug. 4, 2020
Phoenix Police officers in riot gear outside their headquarters during a protest.
In part five of this series, long-standing efforts to reform and reimagine policing have gained strength nationally and locally. Why is now different, what do calls to "defund the police" really mean? People have been pushing for police reform for many years, but the George Floyd case nationally and a number of cases locally have finally given traction to those efforts.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 30, 2020
Activists speak
A cellphone camera caught the police-killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Within minutes, thousands of people in hundreds of cities spoke out to protest police violence and demand police reform. Rebroadcasts pinged into downloads, web pages and conversations TV and radio networks, changing what we know about policing.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 29, 2020
Phoenix Police riot gear protest
This is a pivotal moment in history for policing both in Arizona and across the country. Violent confrontations have driven outrage, protests and calls for reform. And they’ve also raised questions about the culture and mindset of police: warriors vs. guardians.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 29, 2020
Black Lives Matter protest
Arizona and the nation face a new reckoning on race relations and law enforcement. And the present situation is a culmination of what has happened in the past. In part two of a five-part series, KJZZ examines the intersection of law enforcement and racial dynamics through some flashpoints in Arizona’s past and present — where minorities have long felt under-represented and oppressed.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 27, 2020
 John Lewis and Barack Obama
Lawmakers honor Rep. John Lewis before he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol. Lewis, a civil rights icon, served in Congress for more than three decades.
Jul. 27, 2020
 brass plaque at Picacho Peak State Park
Two confederate memorials remain on state land, but one has gone missing. A brass plaque at Picacho Peak State Park, which honored Confederate soldiers who fought there when Arizona was a territory, was reportedly stolen a month ago.
Jul. 27, 2020
Actors perform at the OK Corral
From the pre-statehood days as a Wild West territory to the current day, deadly encounters between law enforcement and civilians have been a constant element of Arizona’s narrative. And from Wyatt Earp and the shootout at the O.K. Corral to modern-day incidents, controversy has surrounded these interactions, and minorities and other disenfranchised residents have felt especially oppressed.
Boiling Point: Policing In Arizona At A Crossroads
Jul. 27, 2020
chanel bragg
The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down or limited many aspects of our lives — including arts events like live theater. But that hasn’t stopped Arizona Theatre Company from preparing for the future and moving to increase diversity on and off stage.
Jul. 24, 2020
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel
The ACLU of Arizona issued a new report called "The Racial Divide of Prosecutions in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office." The Show spoke with Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel to get her reaction.
Jul. 23, 2020
Rachel Mitchell
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is making changes it says will enhance transparency and accountability. The office announced Wednesday that it’s creating a Prosecution Integrity Program. It program is designed to address issues that are traditionally pursued by defense organizations.
Jul. 22, 2020
Arizona Confederate Memorial
Two confederate monuments on Arizona state land were removed overnight by the private organization that placed them there several decades ago. State officials agreed Wednesday to an offer by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Jul. 22, 2020
Phoenix police sign
Phoenix police have released a second so-called critical incident briefing about the shooting death of James Garcia on July 4. This video shows officers firing at the 28-year-old as he sat in a car parked in a Maryvale driveway. Garcia’s mother and sister reacted to the report July 21.
Jul. 22, 2020
KJZZ logo generic card
A petition to change the name of a Flagstaff RV park named for explorer Kit Carson is gaining momentum in the wake of public conversations on systemic racism and white supremacy.
Jul. 20, 2020
 John Lewis and Barack Obama
Civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis died from pancreatic cancer Friday at the age of 80. Arizona NAACP leader Roy Tatem says Arizonans should reflect on the sacrifice and work Lewis did to make voting rights a reality for many Black Americans — especially in a turbulent election year.
Jul. 19, 2020
Janelle Woods
Family and supporters of Dion Johnson, the 28-year-old fatally shot by a Department of Public Safety trooper, are pushing for more action in the investigation against the trooper involved.
Jul. 17, 2020
James Lewis JL Smokehouse
In recent months, as we’ve seen protests over racial violence across the country and new support for the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve also seen new support for Black-owned businesses. Some argue that a good place to put those dollars here in Phoenix is toward our burgeoning Black barbecue scene.
Jul. 17, 2020
Camile Landrum
The family of Dion Johnson, killed in an Arizona Department of Public Safety shooting May 25, held a press conference Thursday to respond to the Phoenix Police Department's report of the incident released Wednesday.
Jul. 16, 2020


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