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Kamala Harris speaking via a screen to demonstrators at the protest against racism and police brutality on Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

Kamala Harris represents an opportunity for coalition building between Blacks and Asian Americans

Black and Asian American communities have been portrayed as in opposition to each other. Multiracial Kamala Harris, both Asian American and Black, represents the potential for coalition building.
Will white people’s participation in Black Lives Matter protests yield real change? Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

After the civil rights era, white Americans failed to support systemic change to end racism. Will they now?

In principle, white Americans support efforts to end racism. But in practice, they have long been unwilling to support the fundamental change needed to do that. Will this year's events change that?
In Minneapolis, the memorial near the spot where George Floyd died while in police custody. Getty Images / Kerem Yucel

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

Racism – and the chronic stress it causes – leads to poor health among African Americans. It may change the way genes are expressed, leading to increased levels of dangerous stress hormones.
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.

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