Racism In The Free State
Kansas' pride in joining the union without slavery is at odds with past and present attitudes towards Black residents.
African Americans living in Kansas make up 6.1% of the state's population, but in some areas the rate can be as low as 1%.
What Black residents experience in Kansas is affected by where they live. That's because, as reporter David Condos points out, Kansas is not a monolith.
In Hays, where the African American population is 1%, those experiences can range from microaggressions to outright threats such as those Nuchelle Chance went through when she was a professor at Ft. Hays State University.
- David Condos, reporter, High Plains Public Radio and Kansas News Service
- Nuchelle Chance Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, Missouri Western State University