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Rescue workers arrive to Juchitán, Oaxaca, which was almost completely destroyed in Mexico’s September 7-8 earthquake. Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Twin earthquakes expose Mexico’s deep inequality

Shattered by powerful back-to-back earthquakes, Mexico is facing daunting damages across six states. Now Chiapas and Oaxaca, the country's two poorest states, which were hit first, fear neglect.
The Scream, by Kent Monkman (2016), is part of a traveling exhibition this year on colonized Canada: Shame And Prejudice: A Story Of Resilience. Kent Monkman

All mouth and no ears: Settlers with Opinions

A leading Indigenous academic says too many Canadians take ugly pleasure in being ignorant about Indigenous issues. It's time for some straight talk about Settlers with Opinions.
Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder, Janaya Khan, says racism in Canada is on the rise. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

Dear white people, wake up: Canada is racist

Canadians have a deep investment in their country as a "colour-blind society." Actually, racism is everywhere, just hidden behind a polite veneer.
An orange flag with the traditional Indian swastika on top of ancient Hindu temples in the Himalayas. (Shutterstock)

How Nazis twisted the swastika into a symbol of hate

The swastika, an ancient and innocent symbol in many cultures for hundreds of years, now represents racial hatred. Should the swastika be banned in North America as it is in Germany?
Online hate isn’t always as easy to spot as it might appear. Lukasz Stefanski/Shutterstock.com

What is the online equivalent of a burning cross?

Two websites, one taken offline, the other still active, raise hard questions about how prepared Americans are to deal with free speech about white supremacy, in both monuments and domain names.
A photographer’s rendition of the neo-Nazi milk fetish. Milk has been a symbol for Nazis for decades. (Livonia Stronk/Imgur)

Milk, a symbol of neo-Nazi hate

The U.S.-based white supremacist movement that calls itself the "alt-right" has recently embraced milk as a symbol.
Aboriginal dancers from Pinjarra perform at the unveiling of the counter-memorial in Esplanade Park, Fremantle, April 9 1994. Courtesy Bruce Scates

Monumental errors: how Australia can fix its racist colonial statues

A Fremantle monument to three white explorers was revised in 1994 to acknowledge the violence committed against Indigenous owners. As Australia struggles to reconcile its racist past, perhaps this monument shows a way forward.
Heritier Lumumba describes his experience of racism at Collingwood Football Club in Fair Game. SBS

Fair Game? The audacity of Héritier Lumumba

Héritier Lumumba played for Collingwood Football Club until 2014, where his teammates called him "Chimp". His experience mirrors that of many other black men in Australia, particularly in the workplace.
At a news conference at Trump Tower earlier this month, President Donald Trump defends as “fine people” those who marched at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left a counter-protester dead. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Is Trump emboldening right-wing extremism in Canada?

The right-wing extremist group La Meute recently held a rally in Québec City that put Canadian racism in the spotlight. Is Donald Trump emboldening hate groups in Canada?
New research suggests that members of ethnic minorities like advertising that features ethnic minorities – but only their own. (Shutterstock)

Do minorities prefer ads with white people?

Visible minority consumers prefer advertising that features white models to advertising that feature models from other ethnic minority groups. Why?

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