Ethnicity & Race

Development & Education

Language is the great equalizer at this school in Louisiana

For decades, East Baton Rouge Parish school district was under a federal desegregation order. The school district continues to struggle with diversity in its schools. However, one result of the desegregation order was the introduction of a language immersion elementary magnet school program. Language was used in two ways: both to attract middle class white families to the inner-city school and to equalize the dynamics inside the classroom between rich and poor, black and white

Conflict & Justice

Being labeled a gangster could land you in prison longer, even if you're a regular criminal

In response to gang violence in Los Angeles in the 1980s, California passed a law that allowed for sentencing enhancement — lengthening — if the convicted criminal was a member of a gang. It allows prosecutors to stiffen the sentence for certain types of crimes. But figuring out who's a gang member — and who isn't — isn't always as clear-cut as it sounds.

Conflict & Justice

A Trinidadian immigrant reflects on her hometown of Ferguson, Missouri

Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria immigrated to the US from Trinidad 15 years ago. She settled in Ferguson, Missouri, and says she's seen the town's diversity transform. Right now, Anklesaria is teaming up with other members of the community to highlight the positive side of the small Missouri town, but she says as an immigrant, she still sees racial divisions in the US.

Development & Education

Language is the great equalizer at this school in Louisiana

For decades, East Baton Rouge Parish school district was under a federal desegregation order. The school district continues to struggle with diversity in its schools. However, one result of the desegregation order was the introduction of a language immersion elementary magnet school program. Language was used in two ways: both to attract middle class white families to the inner-city school and to equalize the dynamics inside the classroom between rich and poor, black and white