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There are infinitely many ways to look at the recent protests and rioting that have followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo.
Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to arrive today in Ferguson, Mo., to add further federal pressure to address the violence and racial tensions following the police shooting Aug. 9 of Michael Brown. It is a tense situation that must be defused.
What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Mo., and journalists?
GARY | It's only fitting that one of the NBA's all-time assist leaders came to the city to provide another dish — this time to the Gary School Corp.
President Barack Obama’s insistence that America address wealth and income inequality is timely and appropriate given current data indicating the average white family has almost 10 times the wealth of the typical black family.
Black History Month was something I looked forward to growing up. I remember being in the classroom and learning about Harriet Tubman, Garrett Morgan, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, among others, and being proud to be black.
VALPARAISO | His time serving in the U.S. military didn't make him a racist, T.J. Leyden said, but it made him "a better racist."
Tammy Bryant, Hammond | "In some ways it's worse. People are not nice. It's tiring having people complain about their position in life and blaming others. Everybody wants something for free, but no one wants to pay any of it."
Kevin Dougherty, Batavia | "It's getting better, especially since I was a kid, that's for sure. It's better than it used to be."
Julian Stryczek, Valparaiso | "They've come a long way over the past decades. They've improved due to education and open-mindedness. They're better than they used to be."
Dan Burk, Lansing | "They're better than they were 60 years ago. It shows in my kids who don't even see race. I believe that all the races should mix together."
Jerry Tucker, Hammond | "I don't think it's as a big factor as before. Just like the gay rights issue, which seems to run parallel, it's much better."
Region views on race relations
Eric Smith, Portage | "I'd say fair. I think it's a result of the societies' interaction. I do think there's a whole lot more to be done, but I think it's progressing positively though."
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