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  • Hate in America

    Hate in America,” an investigation examining intolerance, racism and hate crimes, is the 2018 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates. Journalism students from 19 universities traveled to 36 states, conducted hundreds of interviews, and reviewed thousands of pages of federal-court documents, FBI data and state and federal statutes.
  • The Trials of Jamaican Gays Can the national culture move toward tolerance?

    Jamaica is famous for its Caribbean beaches, relaxed attitudes. Behind that veneer is a hostile home for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people. After one recent grizzly death, where a mob that killed 16-year-old Dwayne Jones, the nation’s top law enforcement officer proclaimed that Jamaica did not have a problem with intolerance. Documents, data and interviews told a much different story. Plus a strong US connection: how our country is feeling the effects of Jamaica’s anti-gay climate, as gay refugees seek political asylum in the United States, and many are getting that protection.
  • "School of Hate"

    In her article "School of Hate," Contributing Editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely exposes a history of institutional intolerance in the heartland that helped lead to a rash of LGBT teen suicides. The article delves into a harrowing crisis within Minnesota's largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin. Located in Michele Bachmann's congressional district, evangelicals prevailed upon the school board to squelch any mention of homosexuality in the classroom, instituting a policy which became dubbed as "No Homo Promo." The policy helped foster an extreme climate of fear and hate, which led to LGBT students being relentlessly bullied and isolated -- and in the span of two years, nine district students would take their own lives in a frightening "suicide cluster." Erdely's deeply reported look at the lives of these teens, the policies that contributed to their deaths and the efforts of some community members to fight back against the forces of ignorance and hate creates an article of stunning impact which not only haunts the reader well after finishing, but also helped bring about swift change.
  • Religious Intolerance in the U.S. Air Force Academy

    This story exposed incidents of religious bullying and an atmosphere of religious intolerance at the U.S. Air Force Academy. It includes the first television interview with Melinda Morton, the Air Force Academy Chaplain who blew the whistle about religious bigotry at the academy. Morton's charges spawned a Pentagon task force and generated interest from Congress. The academy's superintendent retired early after the charges became public.
  • Scouts Divided

    "Since a Supreme Court ruling against gays in the Boy Scouts, Americans are increasingly torn over a beloved institution." France observed the scouts at the 2001 annual Boy Scout jamboree and found the gays in scouting issue to be more divisive then the organization previously stated. Some families are removing their boys from scouting because of the discriminatory policy. At the same time organizations such as Levi Strauss and CVS have removed their funding for the organization, along with Steven Spielberg , a former Eagle Scout, who left the scouts advisory saying he could no longer support a group that practices "intolerance and discrimination." Still, others have continued to support the organization, with some local scouting councils punishing or disbanding groups that support gays or have adopted nondiscrimination policies.
  • The Secret Service, In Black and White

    Perl digs into allegations that the U.S. Secret Service discriminated against black agents in considering them for promotions, and tolerated an atmosphere of racial harassment in its offices. Secret Service veteran Ray Moore and nine other black agents filed a race discrimination suit in U.S. District Court in May 2000. Thirty-eight current and former agents who were black made sworn statements alleging that the Secret Service had discriminatory practices. "The heart of the current case hinges on numbers: Veteran black special agents claim that while increased recruiting has expanded their ranks to 10 percent, a 'glass ceiling' keeps most of them from being promoted to management, whose ranks are only 4.2 percent black." The agents also claim that the service allows a culture of racial intolerance. "The worst example, they allege, is that about a dozen white agents were never disciplined for attending a notoriously racist 'Good Ol' Boys Roundup,' and alcohol-fueled law enforcement gathering held annually in Tennessee. The event regularly featured obscene and racist skits and the hanging of black effigies."
  • The Church of Morris Dees: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Profits From Intolerance

    The article's position is critical of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center. In the article Dees is called, "The Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement," and portrayed as "nothing if not a good salesman." It draws into question the SPLC's fund raising techniques and fervor: "Today, the SPLC's treasury bulges with $120 million, and it spends twice as much on fund raising -- $5.76 million -- as it does on legal sevices for victims of civil rights abuses." Dees personal salary is also drawn into question.
  • Getting A Grip on ADD

    The Chicago Tribune Magazine reports that the true believers in Ritalin hold that, like Prozac, the drug of the '90s, Ritalin seems to clear symptoms once thought immovable and immobilizing. But, on the other side, the newfound faith in Ritalin's power to rescue people from the turmoils and anxieties of life has spurred controversy about the American quest for perfection. The increasingly vocal opponents of the drug are asking a pressing question: Do our rigid ideas about appropriate behavior and intolerance of individuality result in a Stepford society?