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Diver Sammy Lee, the first American to win gold medals in platform diving in consecutive Olympic games, was also among the country's earliest "cultural ambassadors." Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Christopher Mensah, owner and tattoo artist at the Pinz-N-Needlez tattoo shop in Washington, D.C., creates the outline for Oshun Afrique's 35th tattoo. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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For Tattoo Artists, Race Is In The Mix When Ink Meets Skin

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After the election, professional peacemakers may feel they have to work harder to tamp down heightened feelings of "us versus them" in the workplace. Marcus Butt/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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A suggestion on the podcast that people of color should win over the hearts and minds of white folks prompted pushback from listeners and a question: who, if anyone, might even be willing to do this? Bjorn Rune Lie/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Who Should Do The Hard Work Of Being The Race Ambassador?

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New York police officers block the street during a protest against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in front of Trump Tower on Nov. 12, 2016 in New York. Americans spilled into the streets Saturday for a new day of protests against Trump, even as he appeared to back away from the fiery rhetoric that propelled him to the White House. Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Post-Election, Conversations About Race 'Sparked A New Sense Of Urgency'

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Source: 2016 National Asian American Survey of 1,694 Asian-American and 261 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander registered voters conducted by telephone between Aug. 10 and Sept. 29, 2016. Alyson Hurt/NPR hide caption

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spar during the first presidential debate of 2016 David Goldman/AP hide caption

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