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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.
More discussion is needed about how power shapes access to learning and speaking in a university environment. (Shutterstock)

Academic freedom can’t be separated from responsibility

When speakers seek to responsibly disseminate knowledge they must be aware of their audience and how what they are saying may resonate.
People protest critical race theory outside the offices of the New Mexico Public Education Department in November 2021. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Why does critical race theory make people so uncomfortable?

A vital step in achieving the kind of action and change that CRT proposes is for each of us to be intentional and steadfast in our convictions to dismantle racist and oppressive power structures.
At least seven states have banned the teaching of critical race theory. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Battles over book bans reflect conflicts from the 1980s

A scholar compares the debates over banning books in school today to a similar clash of ideas that took place during the Reagan era.
‘Racism kills, here, there and in the whole world,’ reads a sign in Mexico City, at the U.S. Embassy in May 2020, following protests after George Floyd’s murder. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

In Mexico, how erasing Black history fuels anti-Black racism

Nationalist myth has associated ‘true Mexicanness’ with being ‘meztizo’ — a racial and cultural mix of Indigenous and Spaniard, even while the state enacted policies to assimilate Indigenous Peoples.
An even mix of proponents and opponents to teaching critical race theory attend a Placentia-Yorba Linda school board meeting in California. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

What the public doesn’t get: Anti-CRT lawmakers are passing pro-CRT laws

Critical race theory is often distorted by GOP politicians and pundits to stir up its Trump base. But CRT is needed more, not less, argues one legal scholar, to explain American racial disparities.
There are many ongoing silences and erasures around anti-Muslim hate and violence in education systems. (Shutterstock)

Schools need to step up to address Islamophobia

Tackling Islamophobia as a form of racism even when Muslims aren’t visible is key.
The work of imagining alternate futures is also about re-casting alternative pasts, as is done in the award-winning novel, ‘Washington Black’ by Esi Edugyan and adapted for the screen by podcast guest Selwyn Seyfu Hinds. Washington Black/Random House

How stories about alternate worlds can help us imagine a better future: Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 7

Stories about alternative worlds can be a powerful way of critiquing the problems of our own world.

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