Asha Brogan / WYSO

When I was in third grade my white elementary school principal walked up to me on the playground to chat. He greeted me in a kind fashion and after a moment reached out from his 6’-5” tall frame and squeezed my shoulder. He said, “You’re going to be a good football player someday.” This was puzzling as football was nonexistent in our school system until my senior year in high school. At the time of the incident however, I was receiving A’s and B’s on my report card. He never mentioned that.

Asha Brogan / WYSO

I’m a black professional woman. I’ve experienced “race” in the pressure to function in service to others more than myself. I’ve been punished with silence, disapproval, and the promise of being blackballed when my actions and words evolve outside of someone else's sense of my place.

Asha Brogan / WYSO

It's hard enough being the token. Being the ignored token is even worse.

Being a Black Queer Dude is interesting. Growing up, I'd hear "Gay!? Black people aren't gay, that's a white thing." I don't think I ever understood that.

Asha Brogan / WYSO

In the late nineties, I participated in a large-group workshop where participants organized themselves in space according to a series of prompts. One was, “With what race do you identify?”

  The Asians and African-Americans immediately clustered. I was one of five that quickly formed a “white/Caucasian” subgroup. About 25 other people who appeared to be white wandered around for a long time in confusion, trying to decide where to put themselves. Several argued that they “identified” with many or all of the groups.

Study Says Students' Race Changes Teacher Expectations

Aug 25, 2015
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Race does matter, according to a new study measuring high school teachers’ expectations for black students.

A new study involving 16,000 high school teachers around the country finds black teachers are more optimistic about black students than white teachers are. Researchers at American University and Johns Hopkins would pick a 10th grader and then ask two of his teachers, one white and one black, about how far they thought the student would go in school.

Asha Brogan / WYSO

I was pursuing the American dream, but suddenly, I felt hopeless, recognizing that despite my intelligence, hard work, and loving heart, I could be tossed away like garbage because of my race.

Kimberly Barrett is the vice president of multicultural affairs and community engagement at Wright State University.
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Deconstructing Race is a series of commentaries about racial identity by Miami Valley residents.

Ohio's County Prosecutors All White, Study Finds

Jul 12, 2015
The Montgomery County courthouse. A recent study finds all county prosecutors in Ohio are white.
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Prosecutors and grand juries have faced public scrutiny in recent months following some high-profile cases in which white police officers have killed African Americans. A new study reveals a striking lack of diversity among elected district attorneys across the country, including Ohio counties.

The national study by the advocacy group Women Donors Network found 95 percent of the country’s elected prosecutors are white and 80 percent male. Ohio is no different. All of Ohio’s 88 county prosecutors are white, just 12 of those are women.

Protesters with the UCC outside the executive offices of the Cleveland Indians
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A national church boasting a million members and 5,000 congregations is calling on the Cleveland Indians to change its name and drop Chief Wahoo as its mascot.

About 80 people marched towards Progressive Field last Tuesday, carrying a petition with nearly 3,000 signatures. A man wearing a Wahoo shirt was prodded by his friend to cross away from the oncoming group.

A lone team representative – who only identified himself as “Jake” – took the petition.

Dr. Kimberly Barrett (left) and Dr. Joann Wright Mawasha organized the forum at Wright State along with Dayton Police.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

About fifty people attended a forum on race and policing at Wright State Tuesday evening intended to move community members from dialogue to action around racial bias and police.

“There’s a difficult and torturous history of race and policing in this country,” said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, who helped facilitate. “That history is not over. We’re still living it.”