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The work of imagining alternate futures is also about re-casting alternative pasts, as is done in the award-winning novel, ‘Washington Black’ by Esi Edugyan and adapted for the screen by podcast guest Selwyn Seyfu Hinds. Washington Black/Random House

How stories about alternate worlds can help us imagine a better future: Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 7

Stories about alternative worlds can be a powerful way of critiquing the problems of our own world.
Bill Robinson dancing with Shirley Temple in ‘The Little Colonel.’ (20th Century Fox)

How ‘Uncle Tom’ still impacts racial politics

‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ the best seller of the 19th century, is not a relic from the past. The complex Uncle Tom figure still has a hold over Black politics.
Children’s books need better representation of people of color. Ariel Skelley/Getty Images

Rooting out racism in children’s books

Books can help children develop a sense of identity. But when characters of color are portrayed negatively, that can send a wrong message to kids.
Some people argue the poor service is because of a stereotype that Black people tip less. PavelVinnik/iStock via Getty Images

Why waiters give Black customers poor service

It’s long been known that Black patrons of bars and restaurants tend to get worse service than white customers. What’s not been well understood is precisely why.
South Asian immigration to Canada increased in the 70s and 80s. A picture circa 1975, taken in the Toronto neighbourhood of South Riverdale (‘Little India’). (City of Toronto Archives/Series 1465; Urban Design photographs)

Searching for anti-racism agendas in South Asian Canadian communities

The authors argue South Asian immigrants to Canada have become complicit in the state’s racial and capitalist agendas.
Products that whiten skin may be changing their names but they’re still selling whiteness through coded words and unchanged pharmaceutical formulas. (Shutterstock)

What you need to know about rebranded skin-whitening creams

Even as skin-whitening products rebrand, they are still selling racism under the guise of wellness and youth.
Malaysia Hammond, 19, places flowers at a memorial mural for George Floyd at the corner of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

What it takes to record a Black person’s death

Recording and bearing witness to a Black person’s death from police violence is in itself traumatizing.
While primarily a protective measure, the COVID-19 mask has also become a symbol of good citizenship, but wearing a mask safely in public may require white privilege. (Unsplash)

Unmasking the racial politics of the coronavirus pandemic

In the coronavirus pandemic, wearing a protective mask signifies a commitment to the social and collective good of society. But that changes when a face mask is worn by Black and racialized people.
For Black birdwatchers, the outdoors is a relaxing space but not one free from racism and discrimination. (Shutterstock)

What you should know about Black birders

As Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper learned in New York City’s Central Park, nature is seen as a white space and Black birdwatching as an aberration.

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