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American history professor Jessica Krug revelation that she was white, and not Black as she had been pretending, created an immediate backlash against her. (Shutterstock)

White prof’s admission she posed as Black raises hard questions about race and identity

History professor Jessica Krug had built her life as a Black woman, but she was a white Jewish woman from Kansas. Her revelation raises questions about why some white people assume Black identities.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer (3) is sacked for a seven-yard-loss by Kevin Henry (76) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter of their NFL game on Dec. 26, 1993. (AP Photos/Gary Stewart)

NFL concussion lawsuit payouts reveal how racial bias in science continues

In the NFL, anti-Black racism shows up in the disparities between concussion settlements to injured athletes. The amounts of the payouts are determined using assessments that rely on racist science.
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.
55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents were among 176 people who were killed in a tragic plane crash. (Shutterstock)

How we mourn the victims of tragedies depends on their citizenship status

The difference in responses to tragedies reflects how immigrants are valued by their potential benefit to Canadian society, but this is not the only way to think about their worth as human beings.
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.
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.
A woman waits for a streetcar in Toronto on April 16, 2020. The many Black people working in essential jobs do not have the luxury of staying home during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Coronavirus discriminates against Black lives through surveillance, policing and the absence of health data

Black lives are further in peril in a time of COVID-19. Subject to death on both the public health and policing fronts, we will not be silent.
Wisconsin state representative David Bowen, shown here speaking to a crowd in 2017, contracted COVID-19. As of March 27, 2020, about half of the state’s deaths and total cases were in Milwaukee. All eight people who died from the coronavirus in Milwaukee County were Black. Angela Peterson/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP

Coronavirus is not the great equalizer — race matters

How does racism impact the health of racialized communities when it comes to COVID-19? Will these social factors play an implicit role in health-care workers’ decisions?
Stereotypes of AsianAmerican men mean they can have a hard time in the online dating world. (Phuoc Le/Unsplash)

Asian guys stereotyped and excluded in online dating

A large body of sociological research has found that in North America, young Asian men are twice as likely as Asian women to be single.

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