Examining My Own Blackness

Growing up, Ifeanyi Nwonye was surrounded by positive depictions of Black people in her home. However, that didn’t stop her from internalizing the racist messaging that comes with growing up in a white supremacist society. In this essay, Nwonye unpacks her relationship with beauty standards, high school social hierarchy, and race. Read the full commentary […]

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Unhoused Richmond Residents Struggle To Get Newest Economic Impact Payment

Across the country, citizens are looking forward to what will be the third stimulus check of the pandemic. But for Jessi Taran, a Richmond resident who recently lost her home, matters are a little more complicated. “I didn’t have a permanent address, which is a problem,” says Taran. “If you don’t file taxes, you don’t […]

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The Effects Of COVID-19 On Those Experiencing Homelessness

The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged communities worldwide, and for people experiencing homelessness, the effects have been particularly brutal. In Fresno, organizations like Fresno EOC have been working to support homeless individuals throughout the pandemic, though not without some risk. “One day you’ll see [lots of individuals willing to] wear a mask. Then you’ll see the […]

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In The Wake Of Destruction

Zofia Trexler grew up in a small house her father built in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. On September 4, 2020, she watched it go up in flames. In this commentary from The kNOw, Zofia mourns the loss of her childhood home, and reflects on the way her life has changed since she moved […]

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Richmond Has Fewer Police Officers Amid Budget Reallocation Talks

The George Floyd protests sparked a national move to defund the police and allocate federal resources elsewhere. Amid the protesting, police departments saw officers turn in their badges and resign from the force. Now, Richmond police are grappling with the changes to their precincts. “We don’t even investigate if somebody breaks into your car,” said […]

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The U.S. Response To COVID-19

When the coronavirus first appeared back in December 2019, no one could have predicted the extent of its disastrous consequences. Looking back, it’s hard to see where it all went wrong. The kNOw reporter Lorena Bernal breaks down the immediate responses to COVID by public officials that lead to our current situation. “When COVID-19 was […]

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