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Wildfires burn through Colorado causing thousands to evacuate, and protests in Turkey are in 13th day. Tune in at 7am ET.
April 19th, 2012
02:56 PM ET

Class action suit against 'The Bachelor'

Attorney Cyrus Mehri on the discrimination lawsuit his clients filed against the ABC show "The Bachelor".


Filed under: Race
April 19th, 2012
09:53 AM ET

Senator Dick Durbin on racial profiling, says we're still struggling with issues of race & ethnic identity in the U.S.

Senator Dick Durbin discusses yesterday's "Ending Racial Profiling in America" hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.


Filed under: Race
April 19th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

New National Journal polls highlight America's changing demography and how it affects the national dialogue

Ron Brownstein discusses the National Journal's new event "The Next America: How Diversity Is Reshaping Politics and Policy," and explains how changing demographics are affecting the social and political dynamics in America.


Filed under: Race
April 13th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., son of Kenneth Chamberlin says his dad was 'begging for his life' before shooting

Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., son of Kenneth Chamberlin, discuss the circumstances on the night of his father's shooting. Read more on the story here.


Filed under: Crime • Race
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: What happened to Kenneth Chamberlain? Soledad looks at story of unarmed black vet shot by police
April 13th, 2012
08:05 AM ET

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: What happened to Kenneth Chamberlain? Soledad looks at story of unarmed black vet shot by police

Editor's note: Soledad will talk with Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. this morning live on "Starting Point" at 8:30amET. The original package on the story aired on AC360°.

The call for help was not unusual. A 68-year-old veteran with a heart condition had tripped a medical alert device he keeps around his neck in the early hours of a winter morning. The company that services the device informed a 911 operator the device had been triggered and asked for an ambulance to go to the address.

But police arrived at Kenneth Chamberlain's apartment first. And hours later Chamberlain was dead, not from his heart condition, but from two bullets fired by White Plains, NY police officer Anthony Carelli.

Now Kenneth Chamberlain’s family has joined civil rights activists alleging this case raises similar questions to that of Trayvon Martin who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer: Do police or civilians trying to enforce the law shoot first and ask questions later when they are dealing with African Americans?

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Filed under: Crime • Race
April 4th, 2012
09:34 AM ET

AC360 Study: Meet Davionne, a 6-year-old boy with an overwhelmingly negative view on interracial friendships

This week, CNN is going in-depth as part of the AC360 special "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture." Soledad teamed up with Anderson for the project, talking to some children who had some provocative opinions on race.

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Soledad profiles Davionne, a 6-year-old African-American boy who struck researchers with his overwhelmingly negative opinions on interracial friendships.

There was no question about how he felt on mixed friendships. He told the tester that kids can’t play together if they’re not the same color.

“"Why can’t you play together if you don’t have the same skin?"” the tester asks.

"“Cause your mom might not want you to play with that friend,"” Davionne replies.

Davionne consistently alluded to a 'mom' not wanting a child to play with another child of a different race. Soledad sat down with his parents while they watched his test. His mom, who is a teacher, said his answers weren'’t lining up with the lessons she’s tried to teach him.

She said she doesn’'t talk much to Davionne about race, but she did emphasize to her son that he should treat people the way he wants to be treated. Both parents said that he might have just been giving answers he thought they wanted to hear. His mom said he is a very pleasing child, but it still begs the question as to what would make a 6-year-old boy so pessimistic about interracial friendships.

See the segment in full above.


Filed under: Race
April 3rd, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Living 'The Blind Side' – Leigh Ann Tuohy on issues of race around Trayvon Martin case

Leigh Anne Tuohy, mother of NFL player Michael Oher, weighs in on issues of racism around the Trayvon Martin case.


Filed under: Race • Trayvon Martin
April 2nd, 2012
09:00 AM ET

AC360 study preview: 'Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture'

Anderson Cooper and Soledad O'Brien preview tonight's AC360 special report called "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture."


Filed under: Race
Soledad's 'Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America' Townhall airs tonight at 8pm Eastern on CNN
March 30th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Soledad's 'Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America' Townhall airs tonight at 8pm Eastern on CNN

"Starting Point" anchor Soledad O’Brien will host a townhall looking at the latest in a case that has consumed the conscious of the nation: the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

"Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America" airs on Friday, March 30th at 8p and 10p ET on CNN.

The special will look at the latest in the investigation in the case, and examine the many angles that have come into play including: the investigation, allegations of racial profiling, gun laws and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The audience will also ask questions of experts in an effort to find the truth in the story.

Share your thoughts on the show here, or visit the In America page to participate in the live blog.


Filed under: Race • Trayvon Martin
March 30th, 2012
12:39 PM ET

Endorsements for Romney may mean GOP is finally rallying behind one candidate – New Yorker's Ryan Lizza on what it means for the race

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza explains how Rep. Paul Ryan's endorsement of Mitt Romney will shape the GOP presidential race, if it means the GOP is finally coalescing behind one candidate and what happens to Rick Santorum in the process.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Race
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