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Racism's Hidden Toll

In America, how long you live depends on the color of your skin. Assistant professor of sociology Elizabeth Wrigley-Field helps reveal that if Black people were immune to the coronavirus, their mortality rate in 2020 would still likely surpass white people's.
Portrait of Michelle Phelps

Minneapolis police face staffing challenges as violence rises

University of Minnesota sociology Prof. Michelle Phelps says that other cities experienced unrest after a controversial police killing, not because police were being less proactive, but because a lack of community confidence created an atmosphere of lawlessness. Slower response times only further chipped away at public trust, she says, creating a “self-fulfilling cycle.”