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Racial Terror In America | Injured Protester Speaks | The Turnaway Study

Historical marker showing gold letters on dark blue background commemorating the lynching of Levi Harrison
Michelle Tyrene Johnson
The lynching of Levi Harrington, memorialized by this historical marker in Kansas City's Case Park, is just one of the more than 6,500 documented by the Equal Justice Initiative.

The effects of post-Civil War lynchings and racist massacres are still being felt today, a former Marine who was injured by police at a Kansas City protest tells his story, and a long-term study on unwanted pregnancy refutes claims that abortions hurt women.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:14: A legacy of racist killings in America still affects Black lives.

The latest report from the Equal Justice Institute concludes violence against Blacks during Reconstruction remains underreported. The lynchings, massacres, assaults, and killings that began after the Civil War continued into the middle of the 20th century.

Segment 2, beginning at 20:39: A May 30 protest left one man severely wounded and facing 16-week recovery.

A former Marine reservist and son of immigrants felt it was his civic duty to make his voice and presence heard during recent protests on the Plaza. He was struck by a tear gas canister fired by Kansas City police, and left with a life-changing injury.

  • Humberto Gonzalez

Segment 3, beginning at 39:40: The long-term effects of having an abortion, or being turned away from one

The "turnaway study" followed more than 1,000 women for more than 10 years, and found women who received an abortion were better off by almost every measure than women who did not.

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Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Grace Cole is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.