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Interview: Combating Systemic Racism In Springfield

Patrick Yeagle

Some people claim we're living in a "post-racial" world. There's a black president, and laws to protect the rights of citizens no matter their skin color. But while it's no longer common place to overtly discriminate against others due to their looks - racism is alive and well in many of the institutions and systems of power in this country, and that includes in Springfield. That's what many groups and individuals say who are working to combat systemic racism.

Patrick Yeagle, reporter for the Illinois Times, wrote about it for his current feature story in the alt-weekly paper. (CLICK HEREto read 'Imbalance of Power...')  Yeagle joined WUIS for this interview: 

CLICK HEREto learn more about the efforts being made by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the group Crossroads and their work to combat racism, including in Springfield. 


Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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