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Xenophobia and racial hatred against Asian Americans has grown stronger due to the pandemic and the Trump administration's language surrounding it, according to an Illinois State University researcher.

ISU anthropology professor Nobuko Adachi says her research proves it. She’ll discuss her work during a virtual Research Series talk later this month. 

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District 87 could remove Columbus Day from its school calendar, in a symbolic gesture to demonstrate its opposition to the state’s legal holiday.  

On Wednesday, the board heard the proposal that calls for the 2021-22 school calendar to stop labeling the second Monday in October as “Columbus Day--No School.” Instead, that day simply would be grouped as one of 19 “non-attendance” days on the calendar.

The board is expected to vote on the change at its Feb. 10 meeting.

COVID vaccines on table
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Black leaders are working to build trust within a community that has shown skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines.

YWCA McLean County sign
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The state of Illinois has awarded $4.5 million to fund racial healing efforts across the state and to help people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Ruben West holding facemask

Most Americans couldn't wait for 2020 to end. Yet 2021 has started much the same way. A raging pandemic, racial injustice and an election that revealed a deeply divided country that still has many on edge.

Don Knapp
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Law enforcement officials and prosecutors said they feel blindsided by a massive criminal justice reform bill introduced by the Black Democratic Caucus in the Illinois House, with police saying they are shocked and surprised at the timing and sweeping scope of the measure.

Demonstrators and rioters outside U.S. Capitol building

UPDATED 5:00 P.M. | The Bloomington-Normal NAACP says the police response to the insurrection led by pro-Trump extremists on Wednesday shows the double standard that exists in law enforcement.


A longtime public servant who fought against intolerance in Bloomington-Normal has died.

Linda Foster standing in front of mural
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Injustices to the Black community have gripped the nation for many months now. The creators of a new mural on Bloomington’s west side say they hope it will permanently remind people to continue the dialogue around racial injustice.

Matt Drat portrait
Multicultural Leadership Institute

A program that trains aspiring leaders in McLean County has some new leaders of its own and a new vision to address two of the biggest issues of our time.

A statue of Columbus
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Bloomington city staff will examine converting the Columbus Day holiday to one honoring indigenous people, with a majority of the city council indicating at least some support for researching the question during a Committee of the Whole session Monday night.

McLean County Board virtual meeting
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Calls for racial justice took center stage at Tuesday's McLean County Board meeting.

Donovan G. Muldrow

“You probably don’t know this, but a broken tail light is a black man’s biggest fear.”

Around the table, people were silent as Otis Evans Jr. described what it’s like to be a black man in America. 

Holding up signs
Breanna Grow

For Ky Ajayi, it hasn’t just been a long week. It’s been a long three years.

Racial equity conference
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Community planners used U.S. Census data to shed light on racial and ethnic disparities in McLean County during the Town of Normal's Daring Diversity racial equity conference.