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‘Racism 101’ Launch Date Pushed Because...2020

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Racism 101, introduced Monday, Oct. 12 (fatefully timed to Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples’ Day), on LAist, is a part of the Race In LA ecosystem. It was conceived as a community engagement follow-up to the Unheard LA: A Deeper Listen virtual event series. It began as a conversation “starter kit” to guide conversations about tough race-related issues, but became two-fold: We not only wanted the community to talk to each other; we also wanted to hold space for them to talk to us.

To make that easy we created a callout for questions — any questions (so long as they’re civil and respectful) — folks might have for others from other racial/ethnic backgrounds and life experiences other than their own. We assembled a diverse 12-person answer panel of newsroom staff and community members who are willing to respond to inquiries — in text, audio and video. We’ll post their answers online and on social media and give the community the opportunity to tell us how they would answer, too.

The Racism 101 webpage was supposed to debut online yesterday, Oct. 19. Well, in 2020 fashion, things went awry. Thank you for your patience.

We want to bring you the highest-quality journalism and the best user experience possible, even if that means it’s delayed a bit. We’re going to take the time we need to do this right because we value your support as our readers.

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The new publication date for Racism 101 will be Monday, Oct. 26. You can still find the project at

You can ask questions for our answer panelists below. If you’d like to share the link to the form, this is it:




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