0:00: The United States Supreme Court is still considering whether the upcoming US census can include a question about citizenship. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross moved to add the question to the 2020 census earlier this year. Secretary Ross has said adding the question would help with the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which protects minority voting rights. However, there are those with concerns that the question could lead to an undercount of populations of color. Dozens of states have filed lawsuits over the proposed Census question, bringing the issue to the US Supreme Court. The deadline for a ruling in the case is less than two weeks away. Gigi Pedraza, Executive Director of the Latino Community Fund of Georgia and Karuna Ramachandran, Deputy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice of Atlanta, join Closer Look to weigh-in on the case and discuss how their organizations plan to respond to the high court’s decision.
16:30: At least 10 transgender people have been killed this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Atlanta-based Bishop Clyde Allen, founder and senior pastor of The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta, discusses what role the faith community can play in helping to raise awareness about these crimes. Plus, we learn more about the second annual iElevate Conference, which is designed specifically for African American and LGBTQ+ people of faith. The conference takes place this week from June 18 to 23.
38:08: As the media landscape changes, more diverse voices are finding platforms to tell their stories. However, public media still faces challenges. A 2018 report from NPR, which looks at diversity within the organization, found that more than 72% of newsroom employees were white. We’ll discuss the future of storytelling in light of these changes, and challenges, with Tonya Mosley, host of the KQED podcast “Truth Be Told,” and the newest co-anchor for NPR and WBUR’s “Here & Now.”
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.