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When a group of white and African American integrationists entered a St. Augustine, Fla. segregated hotel pool in 1964, the hotel manager poured acid into it. AP Photo

The forgotten history of segregated swimming pools and amusement parks

Municipal swimming pools flourished in the 20th century. But too often, their success was based on the exclusion of African Americans.
Michelle Guthrie in 2018: the former ABC managing director made greater staff diversity a top priority. But her final Equity and Diversity annual report failed to meet several long-held targets. Joel Carrett/AAP

Friday essay: diversity in the media is vital - but Australia has a long way to go

As we face a growing tide of unregulated hate speech, the media is crucial in normalising diversity. Yet progress here has been slow. Even the ABC has failed to meet some of its own targets for hiring a diversity of employees.
Less than one percent of state and local drug arrests involve amounts over a kilogram. content_creator/Shutterstock.com

Most US drug arrests involve a gram or less

A study of over 700,000 state and local drug arrests shows that two out of three cases involve a small amount of illegal drugs.
A marcher waves a flag during the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2019. Nicole S. Glass/Shutterstock.com

23% of young black women now identify as bisexual

According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of men and women who identify as gay or lesbian has held firm. But the share of women who say they're bisexual has skyrocketed.
Octavia Spencer is one of the few black women to have a lead role in a horror film. Universal Pictures/YouTube

We’re in a golden age of black horror films

For decades, black characters in horror movies were objects of ridicule, died first or played evil Voodoo practitioners. But now we're seeing a wave of films created by blacks and starring blacks.
Two icons of the postwar sexual revolution have recently died. Left, Doris Day in 1955 London and right, Peggy Lipton in a promo photo from The Mod Squad, which first aired in 1968. Left: (AP/Bob Dear) / Right: The Mod Squad

Remembering Doris Day and Peggy Lipton: Icons of white femininity

Doris Day and Peggy Lipton, two very different icons of the postwar sexual revolution have recently died. What are their lasting legacies of white femininity?
The non-Hispanic white population is not growing as quickly as other groups in the U.S. Lightfield Studios/shutterstock.com

The US white majority will soon disappear forever

By 2050, the US will be a 'majority-minority' country, with white non-Hispanics making up less than half of the total population.
LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. Phil Long/AP

Why LeBron James’ I Promise School should be more like LeBron and not shy away from issues of race

In order to be successful, the I Promise Academy needs to confront issues of race – much like LeBron James himself, who launched the school amid great fanfare in 2018, an education scholar argues.
Members of Brisbane’s Sudanese community celebrate the signing of a peace accord that signalled an end to the Second Sudanese Civil War in 2005. The first recorded African-diaspora settlers in Australia were convicts who landed with the First Fleet in 1788. Dave Hunt/AAP

Growing Up African in Australia: racism, resilience and the right to belong

A new collection of writing by African-diaspora Australians shares a diversity of experiences: stories of displacement, isolation, endurance and the right to call Australia home.
Library subjects and call numbers can be the subject of controversy. jakkaje808/shutterstock.com

The bias hiding in your library

The way books are sorted at the library can be highly political, touching upon issues of race and identity.
College yearbook editors in the 1960s juxtaposed pictures of traditional campus activities, such as Greek Life, alongside images of protests and marches. The Kentuckian, 1968

Beyond blackface: How college yearbooks captured protest and change

Recent blackface scandals that involve college yearbooks have overshadowed how yearbooks also chronicled important turning points in the history of US higher education, a historian argues.

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