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"The Eyes of Texas" may be closing for good.

The school song of the University of Texas is under scrutiny – and it didn't just begin last week with social media posts by football players or a petition signed by thousands in the community. There have been decades of discomfort over the song, so a discussion about it is long overdue.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Dallas County Commissioners have unanimously passed several resolutions directly targeting bias and racism.

Commissioner John Wiley Price’s resolution declares racism a public health crisis.

Senator John Cornyn listened for more than an hour to law enforcement, faith, community and civil rights leaders discuss police reform.
Alejandra Martinez / KERA

At a discussion in Dallas on police reform, U.S. Senator John Cornyn said it's important for police departments to be transparent and be held accountable, while working to build trust with communities.

For months, authorities say, 36-year-old white supremacist Timothy Wilson amassed bomb-making supplies and talked about attacking a synagogue, a mosque or a majority-black elementary school.

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Friday the city has hired a Texas attorney to investigate allegations of racism made against a former higher-up at the Austin Police Department.

A couple draped in U.S. and Mexican flags leave a rally in El Paso following the shooting. They'd just seen a mural unveiled by the family of a victim from last year's shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Stella M. Chávez / KERA

Barbara Canales’ family history is in some ways shaped by a deeply rooted understanding of bigotry and racism.

Her mother attended high school in Corpus Christi where the Mexican American students were segregated from their white peers; they were assigned separate gym lockers and even required to attend separate senior proms.

Authorities are looking into whether the suspect in last week's terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand was inspired by an emerging, European-based breed of white nationalism. The identitarian movement, formed in France in 2016, broadly believes that white people in Europe and North America are being displaced by non-European immigrants.

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Plano voters will have the chance to vote this November on whether a controversial elected official should keep his seat.

Editor's note: This story contains language that may be offensive.

In February 2009, Samantha Pierce became pregnant with twins. It was a time when things were going really well in her life.

She and her husband had recently gotten married. They had good jobs.

"I was a kick-ass community organizer," says Pierce, who is African-American and lives in Cleveland. She worked for a nonprofit that fought against predatory lending. The organization was growing, and Pierce had been promoted to management.

Going into Game 4 of the World Series, the Houston Astros have a 2-1 lead. But a dark cloud is hanging over Houston's Friday night victory after first baseman Yuli Gurriel made a racist gesture toward Japanese LA Dodgers player Yu Darvish, pulling at the corners of his eyes and appearing to say "Chinito," which is translated as "little Chinese boy."

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged the U.S. government to reject racist speech and ideology and criticized its "failure at the highest political level" to unequivocally condemn the racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.

Texas Troopers Ticketing Fewer Overall, But More Hispanics

Sep 7, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

The share of Hispanics receiving traffic citations from state police has doubled in the last five years, even as the total number of tickets written and total number issued to whites have dropped significantly, according to Texas Department of Public Safety data on non-commercial drivers.

One of the two Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members who was expelled from the University of Oklahoma for participating in a racist chant apologized on Wednesday.

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The former University of Oklahoma student featured in a racist chant that was captured on video is making his first public remarks since the incident sparked national headlines.

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Protesters carried small anti-racism placards and walked up and down the street in the affluent Northwest Dallas neighborhood where Parker Rice lives.

Courtesy of Parker Rice

This story is not about that Parker Rice -- the University of Oklahoma student from Dallas who was expelled this week after leading racist chants in a notorious fraternity video. 

Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

A former University of Oklahoma fraternity member who was shown in a video chanting a racial slur issued an apology Tuesday, as did the parents of a second student.

Christina Ulsh

Where does the deep mistrust of police in minority communities come from? As part of our new KERA Yearbook project, we asked four black and Latino teenagers to share their perceptions of the police in their neighborhoods and school.

George Zimmerman Stopped For Speeding In Forney

Jul 31, 2013
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(AP) - Police in the Dallas suburb of Forney say they stopped George Zimmerman for speeding last Sunday.

The Poet Who Knew George Wallace

Jul 23, 2013

50 years ago, then-Alabama Governor George Wallace pledged "segregation forever!" He later did just the opposite, and commentator Rawlins Gilliland was there to witness some of the change.

Andrea Estrada

The shooting of Trayvon Martin last year focused attention on what’s known as “the talk” – the conversation many African American parents feel compelled to have with their kids about racial profiling.

In the days since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting, that discussion about stereotypes has intensified.

Eighteen year-old Dashon Moore-Guidry and brother Gabriel live in Mesquite with their mother, Andrea Estrada. Dashon and his mom agreed to share their thoughts on "the talk" and the trial. 

Something pretty magical happened at last night's NBA finals: Sebastien de la Cruz, the 11-year-old who sang the national anthem on Tuesday, was back on Thursday to prove his critics wrong.

The special prosecutor in the case Wednesday announced neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmermann of Florida has been arrested and charged with  second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Whatever the outcome of the case, it reminds commentator Frances Cudjoe-Waters some things haven't changed.