Black Lives Matter protesters march outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Sunday, 6/7/20 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

Black Lives Matter protests are shaping how people understand racial inequality | Opinion

BY: - April 3, 2022

Black Lives Matter was able to shift attention away from its protests and toward its agenda of building an anti-racist society.

Black Lives Matter protesters march outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Sunday, 6/7/20 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

Black people made progress in 2020. But we need to stop being our own Achilles heel | Anwar Curtis

BY: - January 6, 2021

Until we cancel out the noise, and continue to build allies within our own race, and understand our current fight for change, then we will continue to be our own Achilles heel.

2020 in Review: Protests that swept Pennsylvania

BY: - December 27, 2020

Waves of dissent rippled across the Commonwealth this year, as Pennsylvanians assembled to oppose military action in Iran; to call for safe working conditions and rent freezes, and to protest the COVID-19 restrictions ordered by Gov. Tom Wolf.

A changing story by police on a rural Pa. shooting helped fuel white vigilantes and misinformation

BY: - October 2, 2020

The incident made national news for a day, another thread in the country’s ongoing struggle with racism. But a closer examination by Spotlight PA and Pittsburgh City Paper reveals a changing narrative by law enforcement authorities the next day, the effects those inconsistencies had in how the story was portrayed, and how local community members took up arms in response.


Losers? Suckers? Terrorists? Anarchists? Meet the real Pennsylvanians behind Trump’s insults | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 9, 2020

Like all bullies, Trump has dehumanized the people behind his insults and jibes. And it's exacting a price on their -- and our -- souls.

Allegheny Co. Port Authority employees protest ban on Black Lives Matter masks

BY: - September 3, 2020

In a statement sent before the protest, the Port Authority's CEO said the agency "unequivocally believes that Black lives matter."

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: - August 28, 2020

The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, featured dozens of speakers who also called for the defeat of President Donald Trump in November, a counterpoint to Trump’s acceptance speech as the Republican nominee just 12 hours earlier on the grounds of the White House. 


We’re saying her name over and over and over. Now grant Breonna Taylor justice | Ana White

BY: - August 28, 2020

How can Breonna Taylor be socially relevant, but largely muted in the one space where it matters most: the criminal justice system?

Black Lives Matter protesters march outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Sunday, 6/7/20 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

The Black Lives Matter movement is bigger than law enforcement | Opinion

BY: - August 26, 2020

This year will go down in history as one of the most painful and difficult in our lifetimes. But there is also an opportunity to embrace true change.

Pittsburgh cop put on administrative leave after sharing racist memes on Facebook

BY: - August 24, 2020

One, posted on Sun., Aug. 16, includes a meme containing two headlines about Harris. One referring to her as Asian American and the other referring to her as Black, with a caption reading, “Woosh now you’re black.” Harris, born in Oakland, Calif., is both Indian-American and Black, as her mother is an immigrant from India and her father an immigrant from Jamaica. Kristoff also shared a post on Mon., Aug. 10 from another user.

Pittsburgh police, Peduto respond to arrest of protest marshal by rifle-carrying officers in unmarked van

BY: - August 17, 2020

This continues an apparent months-long campaign of Pittsburgh Police arresting and seeking the arrest of dozens of protesters.


After the civil rights era, white Americans failed to support systemic change to end racism. Will they now? | Opinion

BY: - August 14, 2020

In principle, whites support efforts to end racism. But in practice, they have long been unwilling to support the fundamental change needed to do that.