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People learn racism from the culture that surrounds them and media they consume, but that doesn’t need to be the end of the story. Gavriil Grigorov\TASS via Getty Images

American society teaches everyone to be racist – but you can rewrite subconscious stereotypes

If you’re American – regardless of the color of your skin – racism structures how you think. Changing the system should change these implicit biases.
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on judicial appointments at the White House on Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump aligns ignorance with bigotry as he attempts to rewrite history

Donald Trump’s attack on racial injustice is an attempt to replace historical consciousness with historical amnesia. It's a racialized politics of organized forgetting.
Kamala Harris speaking via a screen to demonstrators at the protest against racism and police brutality on Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

Kamala Harris represents an opportunity for coalition building between Blacks and Asian Americans

Black and Asian American communities have been portrayed as in opposition to each other. Multiracial Kamala Harris, both Asian American and Black, represents the potential for coalition building.
Charlottesville city workers drape a tarp over the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 2018. Debate over removing the statue continues today. AP Photo/Steve Helber, File

Monuments ‘expire’ – but offensive monuments can become powerful history lessons

Once stripped of their symbolic power, problem monuments offer what educators call 'teachable moments,' helping people assess society's current values and compare them with what mattered in the past.
John James Audubon relied on African Americans and Native Americans to collect some specimens for his ‘Birds of America’ prints (shown: Florida cormorant), but never credited them. National Audubon Society

American environmentalism’s racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.
Personal support workers are in high demand - as this sign from Markham, ON indicates. They are an integral part of the healthcare system, but are racialized and underpaid. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Personal support workers are the backbone of health care but the bottom of the power structure

Personal support workers are crucial but under-appreciated in the health-care system. They are often subjected to racism, and they struggle to make ends meet while caring for our most vulnerable.
U.S. President Donald Trump joins Vice President Mike Pence on stage at the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore on Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Republican National Convention: Even more dangerous than 4 years ago

To fill a convention with blatant racism, as the Republicans did in 2016, is bad enough. But, after four years of racist policies, a convention filled with subtle racism is perhaps more dangerous.
Sending in the feds to quell unrest often increases conflict on the ground, as it did this summer in Portland, Ore. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Federal agents sent to Kenosha, but history shows militarized policing in cities can escalate violence and trigger conflict

Kenosha is the latest US city to see federal agents patrolling its protests. History suggests that supplanting the local police with a militarized national force rarely works out well.

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