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Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 19 in Delaware. Why wasn’t she the presidential nominee? Strategic discrimination by primary voters may explain. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

How race and gender affect who looks like a winner

Why are women and people of colour under-represented in politics? Part of the problem is strategic discrimination, or concern about other people's biases.
Sage burning as a spiritual cleansing ritual is common at Black Lives Matter protests. Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Far from being anti-religious, faith and spirituality run deep in Black Lives Matter

BLM has been accused of being 'Godless' and operating in a 'demonic realm.' But scholars of religion see a deep spirituality at work in the movement.
At the turn of the 20th century, marriage was assumed to be an exercise in mutual misery. Getty Images

The white supremacist origins of modern marriage advice

Concerned about the state of marriage – and thus the ability of whites to procreate – eugenicists were behind some of the earliest modern marriage manuals.
Black and Latino essential workers are more likely to experience food, child care and housing insecurities than their white co-workers, in addition to safety concerns. Jumping Rocks/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Black and Latino essential workers experience greater safety concerns than their white counterparts

Stress and physical conditions make essential work unsafe, especially for Black and Latino employees.
Zadie Smith’s debut White Teeth was part of a wave of interest in “multicultural writing” in the early 2000s. ROLF VENNENBERND/EPA

The rise and fall of Black British writing

Interest in Black British writing has grown and shrunk since the late 1940s. Is the current wave going to crash like those before it?
Rhetoric that casts COVID-19 as a Chinese virus stigmatizes Asian people and plays into racist tropes of a ‘yellow peril.’ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Coronavirus: The ‘yellow peril’ revisited

Stating that COVID-19 is a “Chinese” disease, dehumanizes and reinforces well-worn stereotypes of Chinese people as the "yellow peril."
Implicit bias training has become a lucrative business in recent years, but it doesn’t always deliver the expected results. (Dylan Gillis/Unsplash)

Beware of bias training: Addressing systemic racism is not an easy fix

Recent years have seen a rise in the number of businesses offering employees bias training. However, bias training is not a one-size-fits-all solution and unless tailored to specific contexts loses its value.

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