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A guard walks past a monument at North Alton Confederate Cemetery in Alton, Ill. The federal government has hired private security firms to guard several Confederate memorials across the U.S in the aftermath of clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters last year. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Extending gloved hands skyward in racial protest, U.S. athletes Smith and Carlos stare downward during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on Oct. 16, 1968. AP hide caption

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Those Raised Fists Still Resonate, 50 Years Later

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Novelist Esi Edugyan On Black Genius And What Comes After Slavery

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Rowers paddle down the Charles River near Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on March 7, 2017. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Does Harvard Treat Asian-American Applicants Unfairly? The Case Goes To Trial

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Firearms are exhibited at the annual NRA convention in Dallas this past May. RJ Young's book Let It Bang examines the NRA's relationship with race through his personal, unexpected interest in guns. Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The 'Young Black Man' Who Reluctantly Became An NRA-Certified Instructor

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The East L.A. band Las Cafeteras is known for a version of "La Bamba" that mixes traditional Mexican son jarocho with hip-hop. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Through Slavery, Segregation And More, 'La Bamba' Has Been The Sound Of Survival

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Tam and Sonny Nguyen, Vietnamese-American business owners in the Orange County neighborhood of Little Saigon, say they see a "stark difference" between the generations not just in their politics, but in how they do business. Chris Bentley/Here & Now hide caption

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Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke watches the prosecution's closing statements during his murder trial for the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald. Antonio Perez/AP hide caption

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White supremacists march through Charlottesville, Va., the night before the "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017. Federal agents have arrested four men on riot charges connected to the rally. Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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