Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis Transition Team

African Americans are 1.4 times as likely to contract the coronavirus as their white counterparts, and 2.8 times as likely to die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But despite this, Blacks are being vaccinated at lower rates than whites. A recent decision by Governor Ron DeSantis to increase the number of vaccine sites at Publix pharmacies might further that disparity.

Shad Khan: 'Racism, In All Its Forms, Will Kill'

Jun 3, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan
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Editor’s Note: This editorial was submitted by Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. It has not been edited.

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Daniel Goodman has been working for Duval County Public Schools this year, but no longer in his First Coast High School science classroom. He was removed within the first week after a photo of his written message to students went viral online and parents complained.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with New York Times bestselling author Ibram Kendi about his latest book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideals in America” (03:05). Our Going Green segment featured North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Jeff Sheffield on the upcoming North Florida Electric Drive Rally (21:13), and Angela DeMonbreun, executive director of Florida Solar United Neighborhoods, and homeowner Warren Clark talked about the recently established St. Johns County solar co-op (31:56). CEO of the Healthy Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Faye Johnson told us about September’s being National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (38:44), and the Executive Director of the forthcoming Tag! Children’s Museum in St. Augustine brought us an update on the project (43:04).    


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The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a request to investigate allegations of racism involving a Duval County circuit judge who sentenced an African-American man to death.


Mandarin families awoke Sunday to hate flyers in their driveways attacking the Jewish faith.


A Jacksonville circuit judge up for re-election is flatly denying accusations of inappropriate conduct leveled at him before the state Supreme Court.

Judge Mark Hulsey is also calling for a hearing to tell his side of the story.

Reveal: Decoding Discrimination In America’s Temp Industry

Jan 13, 2016
people wait in a temp office

Business is booming for staffing agencies across the country – the temporary jobs sector is one of our fastest-growing industries in terms of employment. But there's another side to the temp world: a blatant system of racial discrimination that evokes practices of America's pre-civil rights era.

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A Jacksonville woman faces up to five years in prison after she admitted to an incident involving a Confederate flag at her workplace.

Fifty-eight-year-old Susan Thompson has pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators because she initially denied her involvement.

Thompson was a contractor at the Army Corps of Engineers office in Jacksonville this summer when she decided to place a Confederate flag on a black coworker’s desk — a week after nine people were shot to death in a historically black church in Charleston.


University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe stepped down Monday after football players and other students demanded he resign. Wolfe is accused of not doing enough to address racism in that state’s university system.

In Jacksonville, University of North Florida sociologist JeffriAnne Wilder says Missouri is different from her predominantly white campus in some important ways—but parallels exist.

The Florida-Times Union

They're the pastors of a growing, biracial Jacksonville church. But Mike and Connie Smith are also garnering attention for a provocative study they recently published looking at the high rates of homicide in African-American communities.

It's a long, detailed piece - one the Florida Times-Union initially declined