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Kansas still has ways to go on race relations

Race relations in Kansas have improved but still have a long way to go, Mildren Edwards, the executive director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, told the Lawrence Journal-World. “We haven’t made many gains in the area of improved equity for African-Americans in our state,” Edwards said. Though Kansas doesn’t have much overt racism, it has covert practices and more subtle forms of bias, she said, mentioning the hiring practices of businesses, the way students are treated and judged at school, and racial profiling by police. – Phillip Brownlee