racism

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The urgency of police reform made clearer still by new revelations in the case of Breonna Taylor killing

The new release of taped grand jury deliberations in the still-murky case of Breonna Taylor, the innocent 26-year-old Black woman brutally gunned...

Why plans by Austin and other cities to reimagine public safety don’t literally intend to ‘Defund the Police’

The Austin City Council’s recent decision to reduce the police department’s budget by about 5 percent represents an opening salvo in national...

Texas Gov. Abbott’s “Back the Blue” pledge to seize Austin’s police department is a return to Jim Crow

In March 1956 the elected leaders of the Southern states pledged to defend school segregation, despite civil rights pressures and Supreme Court...

Austin’s segregation mirrored in the devastating burden COVID-19 imposes on city’s poor, uninsured and yet ‘essential’

Long before the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic began their spread across the globe, the two halves of Austin divided by Interstate...

Viewing racism in the data of a city – a conversation with Austin’s Meme Styles

Editor’s note: This conversation on the week in Austin and the city leadership’s reaction to the local, national and international protests of...

How and why the legal DNA encoded in our justice system drives police to target and abuse minorities

A dozen years ago, when I was a newly minted CEO, still running my business out of the Austin Technology Incubator, I...