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On our Thanksgiving edition of WestSouthwest, we look back at two interviews on history and race. The federal government's role in creating segregation in Kalamazoo and other cities. And the man who broke the color barrier on the football field at what is now Western Michigan University. 

Kalamazoo Gazette – 1918

On WestSouthwest, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer tells us that Michiganders need "someone in their corner." And the impact of the 1918 flu pandemic in Kalamazoo.

Gordon Evans / WMUK

Former state lawmakers Gretchen Whitmer says “it’s been a while since Michiganders had someone in their corner.” Whitmer who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor says 2018 is a chance to “show the world who we are in Michigan.”

Payne family, private collection

The global flu pandemic of 1918 still stands out for its deadliness. It killed as many as 50 million people, which is far beyond the death toll of World War I. While no place was immune to the devastation, City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator Sharon Ferraro says some communities, including Kalamazoo, fared somewhat better than others.

Courtesy photo | Southern Poverty Law Center

If it seems like hate is increasing, it is. So says the Southern Poverty Law Center that has been monitoring domestic hate for nearly half a century.

Within 10 days of November's presidential election, about 850 incidences of hate and racial intimidation were reported to the center, says outreach director Lecia Brooks.

It rose to over 1,800 by March of this year. Brooks headlines the Kalamazoo Summit on Racism on Nov. 17 in Kalamazoo.