Recent events regarding minority groups in American culture, politics and law enforcement prompted the Johnson City Press to take a deeper look at ethnic, religious and gender/sexual identities in the Johnson City area. Below are links to our a three-day series of articles regarding that spectrum of marginalized populations.
The Spectrum: Learning who we are in today's America.America today is searching for its cultural identity. After far too long living under institutionalized oppression, people in traditionally marginalized groups are calling for recognition, equal treatment and access to the rights ingrained in the country’s founding documents.
Learning the truth about Islam. Some area Muslims say honest dialogue is key to promoting understanding between different communities. They also say beginning that conversation can be difficult with so much misinformation and mistrust of Islam in this country.
Local LGBTQ community members speak about discrimination. In the midst of a recent surge of “alt-right” ideology in today’s political climate, local members of the LGBTQ community who spoke with the Johnson City Press voiced more than a few anxieties about human rights and people’s well-being in general, but some saw promise in the outpouring of support demonstrated two months ago at Johnson City’s first pride festival.