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Racial slur hurled at young children by teens at Riverhead football game cannot be tolerated: Great-grandfather demands action by district

by Sep 15, 2023
The four children — between the ages of five and seven — were called the N-word by a high school student and a middle school student while at the Blue Waves football game Saturday. “I grew up in Aquebogue with this stuff. It was the N-word every day in school — and I’m tired of it,” Robert Brown, 83, told the school board.

Walmart reverses corporate policy on locked cases for African-American beauty care products

by Jun 11, 2020
Corporate policy allowed store managers to decide whether to place products in locked cases. Walmart said about a dozen of its 4,700 U.S. stores had such a policy in place. The Riverhead Walmart was one of them until local resident Patricia Fulford took on the retail giant in January 2019.

Riverhead clergy: We will not remain silent

by Jun 6, 2020
To the Editor: Another unarmed black man has died at the hands of police, and...

Let’s Talk Race: New live talk series on racism from RiverheadLOCAL

by Jun 3, 2020
Racism lives, in our town and across the country. It’s time we confront the beliefs we hold in our own hearts and start having some serious conversations, however uncomfortable they may be, about how to bring about the change that’s needed to solve the problems we face — together.

Silence is complicity: We must all stand up and speak out against racism

by Aug 12, 2018
t’s up to all of us to “take a stand” — a stand against hate, a stand against racism, a stand against violence. It’s up to us — you and me — to stem the rising tide of white supremacist, nationalist movements in our midst.

The many faces of everyday hate

by Jun 18, 2018
"I just don’t get the hate. That is the most troubling. If you let it, it will destroy you; but not me." Column by Lawrence Street

Growing up black in 1960s Riverhead

by Mar 25, 2018
Lifelong Riverhead resident and Vietnam veteran Ronnie Smith says he didn't realize until leaving Riverhead how bigoted and racist his hometown really was. New column by Lawrence Street.

The aftermath: hate-mongers, the second story

by Nov 27, 2017
This story is about Barbara Langhorne, a lifelong Riverhead resident, a mother and grandmother, retired after 36 years working at Brookhaven National Lab.

The aftermath: A call for unity, the first story

by Nov 13, 2017
Racism is woven into American society. It's sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle— always destructive. New column by Lawrence Street.

Changing our hearts and minds

by Oct 30, 2017
"We need continuous dialogue about racism from every aspect; dialogues where preconceived notions, stereotypes and prejudices are left at the door." In a new column, Riverhead native Lawrence Street tackles the subject of race and racism.