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The past few weeks of Black Lives Matter and anti-racism protests have raised questions about the white supremacist origins of English words and phrases in everyday English vocabulary such as "master bedroom" and "black magic."

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The Christopher Columbus statue in a downtown park came down for the first time in 63 years, and it may not be going back up. Workers detached the statue from its pedestal, and a forklift removed it. It was a landmark victory for every critic of the colonialism and racism they said Columbus symbolized.

America’s origin story is often depicted as an optimistic struggle toward equality with citizens who will one day be united by culture and identity. In reality, the tale of America is nuanced; a history full of internal conflict and forgotten narratives.

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The foundation of one of the first Black churches in San Antonio was discovered in February during construction of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park project.

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As the nation continues to reckon with its fraught racial history, there are new calls to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from downtown San Antonio.

Jack Morgan

One of the state's premier Natural History Museums, the Witte, is closed like all the others. It’s caused them to rethink how they do what they do, and be creative with solutions. 

There is an ongoing, emotionally charged debate about if and how the U.S. government should make economic amends to black American descendants of slaves, both for slavery itself and other government-sanctioned racial injustices. 

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In late 1960s Chicago, disparate and diverse working-class political groups banded together to collectively push back against oppression, inequality, police brutality and poverty.

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Fifty years ago, a group of students at Texas State University took a stand against the war in Vietnam. The students, nicknamed the San Marcos 10, faced serious consequences for that stand. Their example and the consequences that followed still echo across college campuses today.

Ellen Schulz with her camera.
The Witte Museum

This fall marks 93 years since the Witte Museum first opened. San Antonio’s sprawling natural history museum has seen several iterations and huge growth, but largely lost in its evolution is the woman whose sheer determination created it.