Police armored cars drive down a Baltimore street following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.
The Baltimore Police Department is found to have violated the civil rights of poor blacks. A historian explains why those findings are eerily similar to how the city treated blacks in the 1800s.
Some fear that Chinese investment will lead to a painful trade-off between Ukraine’s desperate economic needs and its long-standing democratic dream.
Ukraine desperately needs Chinese investment but, like many other countries in this position, this is giving rise to concerns about the consequences for its fragile democracy.
Blacks faced violent attacks led by white Confederates after the Civil War ended.
The struggle for equal rights for black citizens in the U.S. today is backed by the promise of the 14th Amendment. A historian takes us back to the grassroots movements that led to its passage.
Policy changes and face-to-face conversations are part of the plan.
The massacre at an Orlando gay club is a savage reminder that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face harsh prejudice in America and lack full equal protections under the law.
Dublin’s General Post Office on fire after the 1916 Easter Rising.
Irish immigrants and their descendants played a leading part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and Ireland's subsequent rebellion. But the inspiration worked in the other direction as well.
An artist’s representation of how different people are involved in bullying.
Edmonton Public Schools
Research shows that teachers either overlook bullying behaviors or even endorse them.
Like any other player, Robinson needed to earn his spot on the Montreal Royals’ roster.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation
Much has been written about Robinson’s first major league game. Far less is known about the first integrated spring training game in Florida.
Whose party is it?
When Clinton and Sanders first came of age politically, neither was a natural fit for the Democrats. How they and the party have changed helps explain their philosophical divide today.
Martin Luther King Jr. statue.
To mark the start of Black History Month, a Classicist reflects on the inspiration King drew from ancient Greek culture.
Tap water in Flint’s hospital on October 16.
Joyca Zhu/Flint Water Study
If Flint, Michigan were an affluent suburb, would residents have been exposed as long to drinking toxic water? Pioneering scholar Robert Bullard calls Flint's crisis a classic case of environmental discrimination
What’s the fuss over gender-neutral bathrooms?
The bathroom has become a battleground for transgender rights — and rightfully so. Research shows that bathroom restrictions threaten the health and safety of the transgender community.
Can Captain Kirk’s struggle for belonging and identity become a tool for teaching?
What can Star Trek teach us about today's trek of life?
Human dignity for all people.
Why the recent Supreme Court case on gay marriage could make a huge difference for racial justice.
Systems of oppression have much in common.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Racial inequality in America has its parallel in caste inequality in India. What can the world's two largest democracies learn from each other?
In both of photographer Annie Leibovitz’s shots, deviance is synonymous with beauty.
Caitlyn Jenner evokes Demi Moore's controversial 1991 Vanity Fair cover shoot, done when pregnancy was something to be hidden.
Even with bipartisan support, a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition is no certainty to succeed.
A defeat for Indigenous constitutional recognition would be disastrous and demoralising. But history tells us that even worthy proposals with bipartisan support are not assured of success.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shows little sign of listening to growing public opposition to his military junta’s authoritarian rule.
A year ago, a military coup toppled Thailand's elected government. The junta promised elections once a new constitution is adopted, but its authoritarian rule betrays a hostility to real democracy.
The meaning of empathy.
Empathy, a trait built into the human character, can be taught and practiced by both police and communities to improve relations.
History is not just a few facts to be memorized.
History is not a 'thing' to be memorized, as some in the Oklahoma legislature might believe, but a living process, to be understood in all its complexity.
A still shot from DW Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915).
The Hollywood Reporter
Last month President Obama welcomed the film Selma into the White House – a first-family showing that, as it happens, occurred a century after the first-ever screening of a movie inside the White House…