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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.
About seven times as many Americans are working from home since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. scyther5/Getty Images

Telework mostly benefits white, affluent Americans – and offers few climate benefits

Working from home has become the new norm for many during the pandemic. But it's an opportunity that divides along racial and economic lines – and isn't as beneficial to the environment as many believe.
Many films that address race end up lulling audiences into complacency. TriStar Pictures

How popular culture hobbles protest movements

Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn't happen too quickly.
George Floyd’s death sparked a movement. Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images

When the world changes under a political scientist’s feet

A political scientist says the protests against police violence that have swept the US signal welcome social change -- and could dramatically alter the work she's done for five years.

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