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Race: Are we so different

A blog looking at the changing face of race around our region, created in cooperation with Pacific Science Center, the University of Washington Department of Communication and the City of Seattle Race and Justice Initiative

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December 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Race project | Answering question on race is harder than you think

From the 2010 Census Bureau’s questionnaire What’s your race? That’s a question thousands of Americans answer each day. Whether it’s on an application for college, an employment form, or at the doctor’s office – the question is everywhere. Many versions of the race and ethnicity question have been written. However, it wasn’t until 2000 when Americans…

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| Topics: Census, Race, selected

December 22, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Race project | The reality of race in UW admissions

Editor’s note: This is the last of five blog posts taking a deeper look at the racial disparities in our communities, from education to juvenile crime and homelessness. Read more. Grace Campbell, a senior at the University of Washington, checked the Hispanic box on her application to the university and thinks that gave her a nudge…

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| Topics: admissions, Race, racial disparity

December 20, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Race project | Big drop in juvenile defendants but not as much for youth of color

Editor’s note: This is the third of five blog posts taking a deeper look at the racial disparities in our communities, from education to juvenile crime and homelessness. Read more. Fewer kids are being referred to King County courts each year ­– and most of these disappearing defendants are white. Last year 2,298 white juveniles were referred…

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| Topics: court, crime, disproportionality

December 19, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Race project | Dropout rates have improved but disparities persist

Editor’s note: This is the second of five blog posts taking a deeper look at the racial disparities in our communities, from education to juvenile crime and homelessness. Read more. Fewer kids are dropping out of high school in King County — but the improvement hasn’t made a dent in a persistent racial disparity. Hispanic,…

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| Topics: disparity, dropout, racial disparity

December 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Race project | Racial disparities exist despite changing attitudes

Editor’s note: This is the first of five blog posts taking a deeper look at the racial disparities in our communities, from education to juvenile crime and homelessness. Seattle boasts itself as a city that embraces diversity. The Puget Sound area is home to some of the most racially diverse places in the nation – the Tukwila…

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December 2, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Race project | Redefining Race: Why Skin Color Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Before emigrating from China, Suqin Zhang didn’t think about race as often as she does in Seattle. Photo credit: Anna Erickson   Before emigrating from China to Seattle nine years ago, Suqin Zhang didn’t think too much about race. In China, her family is 100 percent Chinese, and concepts of race didn’t exist. Now as a member…

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November 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Race project| High-school counselor helps students cope with identity issues

School counselor Erica Mallin has helped teenagers around the state of Washington cope with identity for about 20 years. (Photo by Joshua Bessex) The teenage years are about finding out who you are. This journey comes with pimples, the first crush, driving, first job, dances, homework and the stress of dealing with it all. When students need…

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November 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Race project | Teacher learns more about meaning of race in the classroom

Paula Peterson of Queen Anne, left, and Molly Anderson of Magnolia view a section at the “RACE: Are we so different?” exhibit that focuses on Seattle’s racial history. (Photo credit: Anna Erickson) As part of Whitman Middle School’s professional training sessions for their teachers in November, the school decided that the staff should attend the…

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November 27, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Race project | Nationalism divides multiethnic Russia

Russian nationalists rally recently in Moscow, venting against the migrants they accuse of increasing the crime rate and taking their jobs. (Pavel Golovkin / The Associated Press) I have been reading about ethnic confrontations in Russian between Russians and Caucasians (people from countries in the Caucasus, a region located in the south of Russia). I…

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