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Club Q co-owners Nic Grzecka, left, and Matthew Haynes listen during a police news conference on Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Suspect in the Colorado LGBTQ shootings faces hate crimes charges – what exactly are they?

Bias-motivated attacks became a distinct crime in the 1980s. But police investigate only a fraction of the roughly 200,000 hate crimes reported each year – and even fewer ever make it to court.
A new study found that graduates of publicly funded schools were more likely to disagree with statements such as ‘discrimination is no longer a major problem.’ (Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages)

Why attending publicly funded schools may help students become more culturally sensitive

A study finds that graduates who attended publicly funded schools were more likely to have open intercultural orientations than those who attended private schools.
Terry Hubbard, a former felon, voted in the 2020 presidential election and was arrested two years later in Florida on voter fraud charges. Josh Ritchie for The Washington Post via Getty Images

How a 2013 US Supreme Court ruling enabled states to enact election laws without federal approval

In the Shelby v. Holder decision, a key section of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act was eliminated, thus enabling states with histories of racial discrimination to enact new voting laws.
The monkeypox pandemic has seen an increase in the use of the term “men who have sex with men.” Westend61/Getty Images

‘Men who have sex with men’ originated during the HIV pandemic to focus on behavior rather than identity – but not everyone thinks the term helps

The term ‘MSM’ allows public health interventions to gloss over the social, political and cultural complexities of identity. But it’s not without its limitations.
Race, class and gender can not only impact the education that students receive, but also the punishments they receive. Courtney Hale/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Black girls are 4.19 times more likely to get suspended than white girls – and hiring more teachers of color is only part of the solution

A social work scholar researches why school suspensions disproportionately affect students from certain groups and what can be done to change that.

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