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A protester holds a sign showing a black US flag during a demonstration in Denver, Colorado, on May 31, 2020. Jason Connolly/AFP

Police violence in the United States: what lies behind the ‘bad apples’ narrative

That George Floyd died at the hands of four police officers is uncontested, but interpretations of his death and its aftermath differ greatly. The result is two starkly opposed narratives.
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.
Ladijane Sofia da Concecão, one of millions of unemployed housekeepers in Brazil, accepts a food donation from a friend in São Paulo, May 7, 2020. Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

In Brazil’s raging pandemic, domestic workers fear for their lives – and their jobs

Maids were among Brazil's earliest COVID-19 victims, infected by employers who had been to Italy. Now 39% of Brazilian 'domésticas' have been let go, most without severance or sick leave.
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.
A protester reacts after being hit by pepper spray from police as their group of demonstrators are detained prior to arrest at a gas station on South Washington Street, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. John Minchillo/AP Photo

Trump, the politics of fear and racism: How our brains can be manipulated to tribalism

Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, left, stars in Never Have I Ever as Devi, a delightful protagonist who has endearing, thoughtful friends with stories of their own, Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez), center, and Eleanor (Ramona Young), right. (Lara Solanki/Netflix)

Mindy Kaling’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ makes me feel hopeful about representation, gender and race

"Never Have I Ever" is a fresh, fun and poignant addition to television’s repertoire of coming-of-age stories, especially for stories of Indian teenage girls.
A leader of the Three Percenters militia movement, Matt Marshall, speaks at an anti-lockdown protest, April 19, 2020 in Olympia, Washington. Getty/Karen Ducey

There’s a history of white supremacists interpreting government leaders’ words as encouragement

White supremacists' protests against COVID-19 lockdowns reflect the US history of political leaders encouraging white supremacist groups to challenge or overthrow democratic governments.

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