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Topic: Racism & Racial Inequality

Arielle Twist.

'Indigenous Writing Is Going to Continue to Set the Bar for Literary Excellence': An Interview With Alicia Elliott and Arielle Twist

Terese Marie Mailhot interviews Alicia Elliott and Arielle Twist about some recent triumphs in Indigenous literature—and about other triumphs still to come.

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Trump's Controversial Tweets Are Nothing New for Baltimore

President Donald Trump's use of the the word "infest" in tweets to an African-American congressman to describe a majority-black city is part of a larger pattern.

A protester unfurls a banner as Democratic presidential hopefuls participate in the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, on July 31st, 2019.

A Prominent Leader of the Women's March Was Among Those Removed From the Democratic Debate for Protesting

Detroit police removed a group of protesters that criticized Bill de Blasio's handling of police brutality as well as protesters from an immigrants' rights group.

Megan Barton Hanson, Wes Nelson, Georgia Steel, Dani Dyer, Jack Fincham, Laura Anderson, Paul Knops, Samira Mighty, Josh Denzel, Kaz Crossley, and Alex George during the Love Island Live photocall at ICC Auditorium on August 10th, 2018, in London, England.

Why Can't Reality TV Stop Stereotyping Black Women?

Even when reality TV's dating franchises include dark-skinned black women, too often these shows end up reinforcing false and harmful stereotypes.

Kamala Harris speaks on stage at the 2019 Essence Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 6th, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kamala Harris' Student Debt Forgiveness Plan Is Part of a Broader Proposal to Help Black Entrepreneurs

The plan, which has drawn intense criticism for its specificity, is just one piece of a bigger proposal.

A man waves a German flag.

Adhering to Cultural Norms Can Help Immigrants Elicit Acceptance, Study Finds

New research finds Germans are less likely to help a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, but this bias fades if she demonstrates agreement with the national consensus that littering is bad.


Burned-Out Doctors Are More Likely to Be Biased Against Black Patients

A new study of non-black hospital residents finds those experiencing symptoms of burnout show higher levels of racial bias.

Jean De Lafayette Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois.

Remembering the Legislation That Kept Northern Schools Segregated

The Milliken v. Bradley ruling sanctioned a form of segregation that has allowed suburbs to escape being included in court-ordered desegregation and busing plans with nearby cities.


As Schools Try to Become More Culturally Inclusive, Some Teachers Aren't Buying in

A Delaware high school led trainings on the impact of race on learning to try to better serve their student population, resulting in controversy.

Protesters wave placards against President Donald Trump during a Rise and Resist Against White Supremacy demonstration inside the Grand Central Station in New York on September 18th, 2017.

New Research Suggests Fear of Disease Is at the Root of Racism

Americans who live in states with higher rates of infectious diseases are more likely to hold racist views.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) speaks as Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) listen during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15th, 2019, held in response to Donald Trump's tweets.

The Most Disturbing Thing About Trump's Racism Is How American It Is

When asked about Americans considering his tweets racist, Trump responded, "It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me."

Members of the New York City Police Department attend their police academy graduation ceremony on March 30th, 2017.

Fear of Being Branded Racist Increases Police Support for Excessive Force

New research finds the stereotype of a racist cop decreases officers' sense of moral authority, which may make them more likely to resort to coercive tactics.

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Biracial Americans Are Facing Unique Stereotypes, a New Study Finds

New research suggests that whites tend to view biracial Americans as attractive misfits.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks on stage at the 2019 Essence Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 7th, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Key Takeaways From Pete Buttigieg's Douglass Plan

The Democratic candidate from Indiana unveiled his comprehensive program to combat racial injustice in the U.S. on Thursday morning.

A Nike ad featuring American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick on display September 8th, 2018, in New York City.

Conservative Political Correctness and the Colin Kaepernick–Nike July 4th Controversy

Nike pulled a sneaker line with the "Betsy Ross" flag, outraging the right wing.

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How to Fight 8chan Medievalism—and Why We Must

White supremacists are co-opting the Middle Ages in the name of ethnic cleansing. Fighting back requires us to tell better, fuller stories about the period.

Demonstrators gather in the council chamber to protest in front of councilmen and councilwomen at Philadelphia City Hall on June 20th, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia police have confirmed that more than 70 officers have been placed on desk duty while authorities investigate alleged racist and violent social media posts that were unearthed by the Plain View Project.

Viewfinder: Protests Erupt Over Philadelphia Cops' Alleged Racist Facebook Posts

Demonstrators gather in the council chamber to protest at Philadelphia City Hall on June 20th, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Hiring Discrimination Is Greater in France and Sweden Than in the U.S.

But even in "low-discrimination countries," white applicants still fare better in job interviews, according to new research.

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Juneteenth 2019: An Essential Reading List

Highlights from Pacific Standard's coverage of racial inequality and the state of reparations in America.

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New Research Links Affirmative Action Bans With Increased Smoking Among Minority Teens

A new study finds increased rates of cigarette use among 11th- and 12th-graders in states that passed laws against affirmative action.

Richard Stanek, sheriff from Hennepin County, Minnesota (left); Danny Glick, sheriff from Laramie County, Wyoming (center); and John Layton, sheriff from Marion County, Indiana (right), at a listening session with President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7th, 2017.

Black Sheriffs Are Less Likely to Pursue Low-Level Arrests Against People of Color

New research finds that black sheriffs have different priorities from their white counterparts.

Eve Ewing.

'There Aren't Clear Heroes': Eve Ewing on the Chicago Race Riots of 1919

In her new book, Ewing uses poetry as a form of historical investigation, revisiting the deadly riots that tore through Chicago a century ago.

Jubilee at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

'A Dangerous Odyssey': How the Fisk Jubilee Singers Became an International Sensation

Tazewell Thompson's new play, Jubilee, tells the story of the black singers who braved mob violence to perform all over the world—and thereby save one of America's first black universities.

A supporter of Confederate heritage groups at the Jefferson Davis Monument on August 19th, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia.

A Fear of 'White Extinction' Is Provoking Racial Bias Among American Whites

New research finds those fears in turn provoke racial bias and support for conservative policy positions.