Sandhya Dirks

Sandhya Dirks appears in the following:

What changed after a California school district banned teaching critical race theory?

Monday, January 01, 2024

More than a year after a Southern California school district banned the teaching of critical race theory, some Temecula Valley Unified students say it's resulted in more racism.


Palestinian Americans on the Israel-Hamas war: 'We're not even allowed to grieve'

Monday, October 23, 2023

Some Palestinian Americans in the U.S. say they feel abandoned by the U.S., and fear rising anti-Palestinian sentiment and Islamophobia at home.


Some Palestinian Americans say they're afraid to mourn their loved ones out loud

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Palestinian Americans are grieving over loved ones who have been killed, injured and trapped in Gaza amid Israel's bombardment. They also feel betrayed by the U.S. government's support of Israel.


California could become the first state to ban discrimination on the basis of caste

Thursday, September 28, 2023

A bill in California awaiting the signature of Gov. Gavin Newsom would ban caste discrimination in the state. But the legislation has revealed deep divisions in the South Asian community.


Why Asian Americans are divided over affirmative action

Sunday, September 03, 2023

A look at the divide among Asian Americans over affirmative action.


Ten California police officers have been charged for violating civil rights

Saturday, August 19, 2023

A two-year FBI investigation into allegations of abusive policing in two Bay Area communities has resulted in charges against ten police officers there.


Affirmative action divided Asian Americans and other people of color. Here's how

Sunday, July 02, 2023

Myths about affirmative action being discriminatory against Asian Americans helped spread a narrative that college admissions meant to increase diversity were actually racist.


A new iteration of the Black Press is changing the media landscape in Kansas City

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The Kansas City Defender made the shooting of Ralph Yarl, a Black teenager, go viral. They've drawn attention to missing Black women. But not everyone agrees with their methods.


How a Black-owned news website in Kansas City reported the story of Ralph Yarl

Sunday, May 21, 2023

The Kansas City Defender, a Black-owned news website, is gaining credibility and attention, especially after its coverage of Ralph Yarl, the Black teenager shot after knocking on the wrong door.


Faculty of color fought to shed light on university's unethical experiments

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

In December, the University of California, San Francisco apologized for unethical experiments on prisoners half a century ago. It was doctors of color who started demanding change.


California panel calls for billions in reparations for descendants of slaves

Monday, May 08, 2023

A task force in California approved recommendations on how the state can apologize to, and compensate, descendants of slavery. The recommendations head to state lawmakers next.


These California police officers have created a scandal. They sent racist texts

Thursday, April 27, 2023

For years Black and brown people have complained about racism, corruption and abuse by the Antioch, Calif., police. Now a racist text message scandal implicates almost half of the department.


Power, race, and fragile democracy in Tennessee

Monday, April 17, 2023

What an almost entirely white Republican supermajority in a gerrymandered state acting to expel two young Black democratic politicians reveals about race and democracy.


What the expulsion of Black lawmakers in Tennessee reveals about race and democracy

Friday, April 07, 2023

Tennessee's Republican-led House voted to expel the two Black Democratic lawmakers who led a raucous protest from the House floor calling for gun law reforms. Their one White colleague was saved.


California is considering a bill to make caste a protected category

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Seattle is the first American city to protect people against discrimination based on caste. California could become the first state.


1 side owned slaves. The other side started Black History Month. How a family heals

Sunday, February 19, 2023

In the U.S., what does it mean when a white family and a Black family share a last name — and one of their ancestors is a pioneer of Black history? How Black and white Woodsons became one family.


Why South Asians are the most politically liberal of all Asian Americans

Thursday, January 05, 2023

South Asians are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the U.S., especially in battleground states. And out of all Asian Americans groups, they are the most politically liberal.


Analysts say hate crimes are increasing but that's not reflected in FBI data

Monday, December 26, 2022

The FBI hate crime data for last year is so flawed and incomplete that experts are warning it could mask the real trend: a continuing and troubling rise in hate incidents and violence.


Georgia's U.S. Senate race pits the Black church against white Christian nationalism

Monday, December 05, 2022

Georgia's next U.S. Senator will be the incumbent or a former NFL player. Both men are Black. The race pits the Black church's legacy of social justice against the white conservative evangelical vote.


Suburbs are now the most diverse areas in America

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Suburbs are now the most diverse areas in America. This transformation isn't just turning the suburbs "purple," it's also fueling so-called culture wars and white racial resentment.