The statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, stands in Richmond, Va.
Virginia's stark political contradictions, reflecting centuries of racism and a new liberal majority, were on display when a blackface image was found recently on the governor's old yearbook page.
1899 lithograph of white minstrel performer Carroll Johnson depicted in blackface, right.
Library of Congress
The public was shocked by the blackface image on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page. But if blackface is now taboo, there was a time when it played a big role in American culture.
Mourners wait to attend the funeral of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 16, 2017 after Heyer was killed attending a rally to protest white nationalism.
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As death tolls rise from hate crimes, a psychiatrist wonders: Is it time to treat bigotry like a disease?
The beautiful game still needs to perform on bigger social issues.
Nonprofit boards should be more diverse than this group, but too often they’re not.
The people leading nonprofits are much less diverse than the communities they serve and there's no reason to expect that to change soon.
Cory Watson of the Edmonton Eskimos reacts to losing to the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL West Final on Sunday. The word Eskimo signals negative and archaic stereotypes and is considered by most Inuit to be a racial slur.
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The use of the word Eskimos for a Canadian football team needs to end. It signals negative stereotypes and is considered by most Inuit to be a racial slur.
For Socrates, tolerance is fundamentally about equality and the pursuit of truth.
Schools and universities have a responsibility to protect students from hate speech while also exposing them to views that disrupt their ways of thinking and ideas of the world.
In this photo from Sept. 11, 2001, firefighters work in the ruins of the World Trade Center towers in New York City after an al-Qaida terrorist attack.
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It's been 16 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Understanding what propelled al-Qaida's attacks could help guard against further violence.
Private companies are policing online hate without independent oversight or regulation, which has serious implications and poses risks for basic human rights and freedoms.
After violence in Charlottesville, internet firms are erasing bigoted content. But should private companies serve as unaccountable regulators and be responsible for policing complex social issues?
Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.
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Good songs are like good poetry. Literature professor Robert Morrison reflects on The Tragically Hip's best song, "Ahead by a Century," and explains the politics of hope within the tune.
James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white supremacist rally took place.
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The United States is seeing an uptick in far-right extremist violence. It's time to pay more attention to this scourge and its causes.
The brain during memory tasks.
fMRI brain scans are coming frighteningly close to opening a window into our thoughts.
Rainbow laces have become a symbol of football’s struggle against anti-gay prejudice.
Recent data on football's homophobia problem met with both optimism and pessimism. What's really going on?
Many Republicans held out hope that Donald Trump would pivot to the centre for the general election. The opposite has happened.
A step in the right direction.
Religious leaders have done little to help combat institutionalised homophobia – and some have flat-out encouraged it.
The new face of hate violence: Dylann Roof.
Hate violence is as diverse and widespread as ever – and its effects are legion.
The tragic 200-year folly of the Crusades attests to the power of culture to shape and sustain strongly held ‘personal’ beliefs.
Gustave Doré (1832-1883), Crusade against the Moors of Granada/Wikimedia Commons
There is no gene for bigotry. Bigots are not born, they are made by the people and the society around them. Our brains and minds are shaped by culture. To quote a great American linguist, Edward Sapir…