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Virginia first lady Pam Northam is facing criticism after asking Senate pages to imagine being enslaved cotton-pickers during a tour of the Executive Mansion. Alex Edelman/Getty Images hide caption

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2020 Democrats Talk Reparations

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When a fellow officer dies, Chicago police wear black bands around their badges as a sign of mourning. At least five Chicago officers have taken their own lives since July. Paula Friedrich/WBEZ hide caption

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5 Chicago Police Officers Died By Suicide Since July. Is The Department Doing Enough?

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Harnessing The Power Of 'The Angry Black Woman'

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on Thursday. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: 'Be Prepared' To Face The Facts For Jussie Smollett

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Amid Blackface Scandals, Virginia Black Caucus Talks About Racist Policies

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A Look At Why Victims Of Hate Crimes Often Aren't Believed

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Actor and singer Jussie Smollett, seen at an Empire event in 2016, has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report about being the victim of a bias-motivated attack. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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The Power Of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Anger

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