Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice

Series produced by Ampers

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Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is a journalism initiative from Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, KMOJ Radio, and the Minnesota Humanities Center covering the trials of the officers accused of killing George Floyd, the community’s reaction, and exploring the changes needed to create a more just society.

The Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice project employs seasoned reporters, as well as up-and-coming broadcast journalists from BIPOC communities, to create daily updates, weekly updates in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, as well as in-depth weekly radio shows and podcasts exploring criminal justice reform, community healing, community resiliency, and more. The Minnesota Humanities Center will use the content that’s created to engage grassroots leaders from BIPOC communities in a series of listening sessions and public events to deepen dialog and spark change on issues arising during the trial. Additionally, the Minnesota Humanities Center will work with youth organizations and schools to provide teachers and students with tools for approaching controversial public issues responsive to current events. The long-term goal of Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice is to work toward changing problematic racial narratives in local news media, engage communities, amplify community solutions to narrative change, and empower educators to discuss race in the classroom. Hide full description

The Racial Reckoning: The Arc of Justice project employs seasoned reporters, as well as up-and-coming broadcast journalists from BIPOC communities, to create daily updates, weekly updates in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, as well as in-depth weekly radio shows and podcasts exploring criminal justice reform, community healing, community resiliency, and more. The Minnesota Humanities Center will use the content that’s created to engage grassroots leaders from BIPOC communities in a series of listening sessions and public events to deepen dialog and spark change on issues arising during the trial. Additionally, the Minnesota Humanities Center will work with youth organizations and schools to provide teachers and students with tools for approaching controversial public issues responsive to... Show full description


11 Pieces

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On May 25, 2020, George Floyd took his last labored breaths, while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck. What happened that n...

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  • Added: May 22, 2021
  • Length: 22:00
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Due to an increase in violent crime in the area, city leaders say they won’t wait for the end of Derek Chauvin’s trial to re-open the intersection ...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2021
  • Length: 02:00
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Critics say the jury for the Derek Chauvin Trial won’t be truly fair if Black people’s experiences with police aren’t represented. Meanwhile, two j...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2021
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Derek Chauvin’s attorneys argued George Floyd had a pattern of behavior with the police. The State argued the defense must be desperate to stoop to...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2021
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 1
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9 jurors have been seated so far, including multiple people with ties to police. In response to the historic 27 million dollar civil settlement ann...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2021
  • Length: 02:00
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The settlement is the largest the city has ever paid out for police conduct; it sets a new legal precedent for how Black life is valued. Samantha H...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2021
  • Length: 02:00
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Several potential jurors have been rejected because they said they were fearful of police or were traumatized by the video that captured George Flo...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 02:00
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Attorneys added just one juror Wednesday; meanwhile, the Minnesota Coalition for Police Accountability pushes statewide reforms.

  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 02:00
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Potential jurors were asked to share their thoughts on Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter

  • Added: Mar 09, 2021
  • Length: 02:00
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Attorneys debated whether or not the judge has jurisdiction to begin jury selection; a ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals to add a third-degr...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2021
  • Length: 01:59
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Protestors took to the streets of St. Paul and Minneapolis over the weekend in anticipation of the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chau...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2021
  • Length: 01:59