Race Identity and Culture


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- WMOT continues to explore the legislative priorities of constituencies from across the political spectrum as the State Assembly begins its third week in session.

Next we hear from the American Civil Liberties Union. Tennessee chapter Director Hedy Weinberg says the session will be both challenging and exciting. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- A bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest continues to stir controversy at the state capitol.


During a House committee hearing Tuesday, Knoxville Democrat Rick Staples offered legislation recommending the bust be removed from the Capitol rotunda. Well over an hour of discussion and testimony followed, frustrating Nashville Democrat Bo Mitchell.


Women's March - Power Together moves to Murfreesboro

Jan 15, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- The Tennessee chapter of Women’s March - Power Together will hold its annual Middle Tennessee march in Murfreesboro this weekend.


The organization’s first march was held in 2017 the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. After sponsoring one of the largest marches in U.S. history, the national organization suffered setbacks, with infighting among organizers and charges of racism.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he was clearly joking when he called in a radio broadcast for the abolishment of higher education in order to cut off the "liberal breeding ground.

However, Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield said in a statement Tuesday that he stands behind his critique of liberal arts education in America "one hundred percent."


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Osborne)  -- Some 180 Tennessee attorneys have signed an open letter calling on state officials to investigate controversial statements reportedly made by the Coffee County District Attorney.

Caught on video tape, the statements by DA Craig Northcutt have made national headlines. Multiple media outlets quote Northcutt saying he would refuse to prosecute cases of domestic violence between same sex partners.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study suggests Tennessee is making progress against its racial disparities, as the mid-state celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The personal finance website Wallethub.com ranks Tennessee 17th in the nation for racial progress, up two positions from last year.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Tennessee cracked the top ten when it comes to minority employment and wealth.