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The preference for lighter skin has its roots in colonial histories. STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP via Getty Images

Racism is different than colorism – here’s how

A scholar of social work shares what he has learned about colorism by conducting research in more than 20 countries over the past few decades.
United States Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, centre, and other members of the House express their objections to the banning of teaching of Critical Race Theory in Mississippi in March. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Critical race theory and feminism are not taking over our universities

An analysis of international relations syllabi shows race and gender studies are barely mentioned.
When schools shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, moms took on the burden of supporting students at home. AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar

I’m a Black sociologist, and a mom – by listening to other Black mothers, I’ve learned about their pandemic struggles and strengths

As the world locked down and a country’s racial reckoning heated up, this social scientist refined her approach to studying the lives of Black moms.
Police push back protesters during a demonstration in Montréal calling for justice for victims of police brutality. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Defunding the police is a move towards community safety

The large budgets allotted for urban policing must be reconsidered so that communities can explore safer alternatives.
Ukrainian refugees board transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland on April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

#PolandFirstToHelp: How Poland is using humanitarianism to boost its propaganda

Poland has an opportunity to emerge from this refugee crisis a more united, more accepting and economically strong society, but first they need to have tough conversations about immigration.
Far-right candidates Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen have both benefited from substantial support by media groups sympathetic to their ideas. Thomas Coex/AFP

Behind French election tweets, the far right is hidden in plain sight

While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
Black women have been fighting for decades for the right to wear their natural hair. Here Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the premiere of ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ on Dec. 18, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP/Noah Berger)

Jada Pinkett Smith and Black women’s hair: History of disrespect leads to the CROWN Act

Until Black women can wear their hair how they want without risk of ridicule, reprimand or termination, a joke targeting Black hair is no laughing matter.

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