As the nation dealt with escalating racial tensions in 2017, several incidents in New Hampshire shook communities and forced a state not accustomed to talking about race to hear uncomfortable stories from people of color about their experiences.
In the city of Claremont, a biracial 8-year-old was found with rope burns around his neck; his family said older white children had pushed him off a table in an attempted lynching. On the other side of the state, in Durham, a 7-year-old child met his father at the bus stop, crying because another child on the bus had bullied him about the color of his skin - and the parents held the school district accountable. Meanwhile, incidents involving racial stereotyping and race-based hostility at the University of New Hampshire forced a campus-wide dialogue about respect and diversity at the mostly-white school.
Over months, our reporters went to the communities where difficult conversations were happening, sat down with families affected, and followed up on promises of change. The year ended with the announcement that the governor would create a new civil rights unit within the state justice department, as well as a new advisory council on diversity and inclusion.
Highlights from our coverage of race and diversity in 2017: