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The Tennessee Supreme Court confirmed Cyntoia Brown’s sentence of 51 years in prison for shooting and killing Johnny Allen in 2004. Here Brown sits between her counsel Charles Bone, left, and Houston Gordon, right, as they listen to the parole board’s decision in her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn., on May 23, 2018. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

Cyntoia Brown needs support, not 51 years in prison

A U.S. court has sentenced Cyntoia Brown to 51 years in prison for killing a man when she was a teenager. The case shows why the justice system must stop punishing women for defending themselves.
Canadians seem not to want to talk about race and racism, deferring instead to ‘income’ and immigration status when it comes to measuring education success. LeonardoBurgos /Unsplash

Why won’t Canada collect data on race and student success?

News of Canada's successful immigrant students glosses over important stories of racism, for example the 'streaming' of Black males. But without more data beyond Toronto, the story is hard to share.
Tumblr’s new rules will likely shut much of the LGBTQ youth activity. Here a chaptered LGBTQ youth themed comic on Tumblr. Akshay Varaham

Why Tumblr’s ban on adult content is bad for LGBTQ youth

LGBTQ youth use Tumblr more frequently than others. The platform has provided a safe space for youth to explore sexual identities and find crucial support. A new regulating policy may change all that.
Cornel Zuegler

Was Tolkien really racist?

Recent accusations of racism are at odds with the values of friendship, altruism and courage exemplified in his books. Was Tolkien simply a product of his time?
Players from all over the world, including Australia’s star forward Thon Maker - originally from South Sudan - play in the National Basketball Association in the United States. Tannen Maury/EPA

How a race scare left South Sudanese star basketballers with nowhere to play

Star basketball players are suffering the fallout from a race scare campaign by politicians from the Liberal party over crimes committed by a small number of young people who came to Australia from South Sudan
High-profile conservatives such as former PM Tony Abbott and commentator Alan Jones often complain that freedom of speech is being stifled, but the research does not support that view. AAP/David Moir

Why Australia’s anti-vilification laws matter

While some complaint that anti-discrimination laws stifle freedom of speech, there is good evidence that they make a more harmonious, safe and equal society.
People living with HIV/AIDS all over the world are still struggling with stigma due to perceptions of the virus as dark and shameful. Here a Filipino man lights candles at a World AIDS Day even in Quezon city, Philippines in 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

What you need to know about HIV/AIDS today

Researchers from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS share the latest research on HIV prevention, treatment and stigma.
A Honduran migrant lies on a riverbank as Mexican police move away from tear gas fired by U.S. agents at the Mexico-U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Donald Trump’s populism preys upon collective anxieties

President Donald Trump's deployment of inflammatory rhetoric about immigration is now in action. Here's why Canadians should be alarmed by populism that preys upon people's insecurities.
A large majority of Asian Australians who make up an increasing proportion of the population, especially in big cities like Sydney, have experienced racism. ketrktt/Shutterstock

Asians out! Not in this suburb. Not in this apartment

Asian Australians experience high levels of racism. Almost six in ten Asia-born Australians report having had experiences of discrimination when trying to rent or buy housing.
The ‘It’s okay to be white’ poster campaign, seen in the context of reacting to ‘Black Lives Matter,’ cannot be seen as benign. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The trouble with saying ‘it’s okay to be white’

Posters with the phrase "It's okay to be white" were found around the campus of the University of Manitoba. What does it really mean?
Maxime Bernier speaks about his new political party during a news conference in Ottawa in September 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

What I learned at a People’s Party of Canada rally

Maxime Bernier's new political party may be able to swipe some votes from the Conservatives. But it's going nowhere if he allows it to remain a conduit for xenophobia, nativism and white supremacy.
Discrimination creates gaps in care between white and black men. Rawpixel/Shutterstock.com

How anti-black bias in white men hurts black men’s health

White men hold more racial bias toward blacks than white women do, and this harms blacks' health in significant ways. It not only can lead to some diseases but also impedes treatment.
Barbados was ground zero for racism and slavery but due to the resilience of the islanders, it is a model country of democracy. Here a sugar cane harvest post card, circa 1927. W. L. Johnson & Co. Ltd., Barbados. No. 15

The resilience of Barbados counters Trump’s ‘sh-thole’ remarks

U.S. President Trump's former attorney revealed some ugly racist things his client has said. One of them - once again - speaks of "shit-hole" countries. We need to counter this false idea.

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