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In India, a light complexion is associated with power, status and beauty, fueling an innovative and growing market of skin-bleaching products. Adam Jones/Flickr

Bleached girls: India and its love for light skin

Indian girls grow up in an environment where they are constantly reminded that fair is beautiful.
Most people think they’re above average intelligence. But we can’t all be above average. from pixabay.com

The strange links between intelligence and prejudice

People tend to hold inflated impressions of their own intelligence: most people think they are above average.
A young woman protests at a “Not My President” demonstration against Donald Trump in New York in December 2016. (Shutterstock)

Rallying cry: Youth must stand up to defend democracy

According to famed anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, the central question of our times is whether we’re witnessing the worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some sort of populist…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Syrian refugees arriving in Canada in December 2015.

Canada’s Syrian refugees ill-served by media coverage

News organizations have a powerful role in informing the public about refugee and migrant issues. Research shows they've struggled to do so in a way that humanizes Syrian refugees.
Oak Grove Acapella Singers, a Gospel group of Chester County, Tennessee, being recorded while singing in the office of the preacher at the Oak Grove Church of Christ. Tennessee State Library and Archives

When gospel sermons came on the phonograph

As the African-American Music Appreciation Month comes to a close, a scholar discusses the role of early preachers in shaping gospel music.
In this fantasy episode of “The Mindy Project,” Mindy Lahiri dreams of becoming a white man after getting rejected for a job. (Hulu/Richard Foreman)

‘I wanna be white!’ Can we change race?

When philosopher Rebecca Tuvel asked if racial identity could be as fluid as gender, she unleashed a storm of controversy and anger. Instead of shutting her down, we should listen and debate.
Fresh Air host Mark Stucky of Newton, Kansas shook hands with Thomas Flowers from Gulfport, Mississippi, as Doris Zerger Stucky – Mark’s mother – watched in this 1960 photo. Mennonite Library & Archives, Bethel, Kansas

The Fresh Air Fund’s complicated racial record

Many urban children who took part in a program that was supposed to enrich their lives dealt with racism instead. Why can't this cultural exchange become a two-way street?
Do people use the internet in ways that disadvantage nonwhites? magic pictures/shutterstock.com

Is there structural racism on the internet?

The physical world is racially segregated as a result of structural racism. A researcher examines whether similar problems exist online.
Should we celebrate the multicultural rainbow, or look away? pixabay

Cultures fuse and connect, so we should embrace polyculturalism

Cultural diversity is an inescapable fact of modern life. How we should think about it is less obvious. Should we celebrate the multicultural rainbow, merge its colours into one – like a colour wheel spinning…
Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for having been called wise in part because he wouldn’t label himself wise. Shutterstock

What is wisdom, and is it unwise to pursue it?

It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.

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