Governor Bruce Rauner and black state legislators on Friday escalated a fight that began earlier this week.

It started when Rauner told a Chicago radio station that — with his economic and education policies — he had done more for black Illinoisans than any other governor.

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After fumbling the answer to a question about whether a former Ku Klux Klan leader is a racist, the campaign of Republican Bruce Rauner clarified the governor's opinion of David Duke.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fr. Joseph Brown of SIUC's African Studies department about the Indie Lens Popup screening of, "I Am Not Your Negro."

A new measure has been introduced in Illinois as a response to the deadly summer rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. La Shawn Ford, a House Democrat from Chicago - is the sponsor of what is called the "Abolition of Confederate Symbols Act." He says no monument or image honoring the Confederate States should be on public property. 


Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews the stage production of Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Varsity Center for the Arts.

A.D. Carson says he was asked by counter-protestors to speak out in response to the white-supremacist, "alt-right" and neo-Nazi organizers who had descended on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Carson, who gained international attention for earning a Doctorate with a thesis in the form of a hip hop album, has been settling into his new home there. 

New Community Group Erases Carbondale Graffiti.

Jul 21, 2016
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A newly-formed community action group known as Black Love Adjoining Communities Collectively (BLACC) , began their mission to decrease racial tension in Carbondale recently by erasing some racist graffiti which was spray-painted recently on a building near the Historic Town Square District in Carbondale.

SIU Trustees Approve Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Jul 14, 2016

Protests in May brought to light students’ concerns about racism and diversity on the SIU–C campus.

Thursday, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a framework for diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the SIU system.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, said recent racial killings underscore the need for conversations about race relations and law enforcement, but there are also systemic issues that need more specifically addressed.

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The recent death of Muhammad Ali - who some consider the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century - showed how the former boxing champion overcame the controversies of his past to become a beloved figure across the world.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how Ali and baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente helped him overcome his own racial intolerance by being more than the sum of their athletic gifts.

Authorities say they have identified the person responsible for making a video that called for racial violence on the SIU-Carbondale campus.

Detectives of the SIU-C Department of Public Safety, the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office and the FBI say a 19-year-old white male from the Chicago area has admitted making the video as a prank.

Kevin Winstead holds two degrees from Southern Illinois University - and takes pride in being a Saluki. But he says the school has work to do when it comes to diversity and inclusivity on campus.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

SIU students say they want a seat at the table when it comes to crafting a diversity plan for the Carbondale campus, and more input on other matters, too.

The CEO of SIU-Carbondale is out with a list of initiatives he hopes will make the campus more welcoming.

Brad Colwell says after Monday's student protests and other recent incidents related to racism and the state's budget impasse, it's clear there is much work to do to build understanding and respect between administrators, students, faculty and staff.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Students at SIU-Carbondale peacefully expressed their concerns about racism and diversity issues during an open forum Monday afternoon on campus.

May 2 Protest Highlights Social Issues, Higher Education Cost

May 2, 2016
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SIU students, community members, and others took to the Carbondale campus Monday to protest increasing costs for higher education, social issues and more.

SIU students respond to a racist, hate filled video with chalk messages designed to spread love and unity.


Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Administrators at Southern Illinois University Carbondale say they are vigorously investigating the source of a controversial YouTube video that calls for the lynching and beating of black students.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about passage of SB2059, which gives Illinois colleges and universities some funding for FY2016, as well as allegations of racism on the SIU Carbondale campus.

SIU Students March to Raise Awareness of Racism

Apr 12, 2016
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Nearly 100 mostly African-American SIU students held a protest march recently on the Carbondale campus.  They were calling attention to, what they believe to be racism on the campus.  Many of the marchers talked about a recent video which went viral on social media, in  which an African-American  SIU student talked about a recent episode where she was taunted with racial remarks by a group of students.

SIU leaders say they're looking into allegations of racism on the Carbondale campus, and urging students to uphold the school's "community values."

Racial tension recently at the University of Missouri Columbia put a national spotlight on diversity education and making all students feel welcome.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fr. Joseph Brown about his role in the upcoming film screening and discussion of "Against All The Odds."

Fr. Joseph Brown

South Carolina begins this week without the controversial Confederate battle flag flying on its state capitol grounds, but one local expert says the conversation about race relations is far from over.