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Reading diverse books can help young adults understand conversations around race better. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision

Summer reading: 5 books for young people that deal with race

While teachers are under increased pressure to tread carefully in the classroom on issues of race, books that deal with themes of racism can offer a way forward.
Colten Boushie’s family fought for accountability after the racist actions of the RCMP as they investigated the death of her son who was shot and killed by a local farmer. Here she holds up his photo during the 2018 trial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

Watchdog report into RCMP investigation of Colten Boushie’s death confirms police racism

Years of research show that Indigenous, Black and racialized people experience over-policing but also, under-policing, as was the case with the RCMP investigation into Colten Boushie's death in 2016.
Students of the Metlakatla Indian Residential School, B.C. (William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada, C-015037)

Residential school survivors’ stories and experiences must be remembered as class action settlement finishes

The destruction of IAP residential school records and media reports that continually emphasize compensation will ensure that if remembered, the process will be remembered through a colonial gaze.
Those that were killed were targeted not only because of their race and gender but also their perceived work and immigration status. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The Atlanta attacks were not just racist and misogynist, they painfully reflect the society we live in

In trying to make sense of the recent mass killing in Georgia, it's important to see that it was more than just violence against women and anti-Asian hate.
A man meditates on the road by a police line as demonstrators protest on the section of 16th Street renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

How to deal with the pain of racism — and become a better advocate: Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 2 transcript

This is the full transcript for Don't Call Me Resilient, EP 2: How to deal with the pain of racism — and become a better advocate.
People take part in a mass meditation on the lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

How to be a mindful anti-racist

Mindfulness practices may help one examine long-held cultural assumptions, allowing one to better respond to current critical issues such as climate change and systemic racism.
This illustration of Little Eva and Uncle Tom by Hammatt Billings appears in the first edition of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’ (Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture: A Multi-Media Archive)

What’s in a word? How to confront 150 years of racial stereotypes: Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 1 transcript

This is the full transcript for Don't Call Me Resilient, episode 1: What’s in a word? How to confront 150 years of racial stereotypes and language.
Bill Robinson dancing with Shirley Temple in ‘The Little Colonel.’ (20th Century Fox)

How ‘Uncle Tom’ still impacts racial politics

'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' the best seller of the 19th century, is not a relic from the past. The complex Uncle Tom figure still has a hold over Black politics.
Products that whiten skin may be changing their names but they’re still selling whiteness through coded words and unchanged pharmaceutical formulas. (Shutterstock)

What you need to know about rebranded skin-whitening creams

Even as skin-whitening products rebrand, they are still selling racism under the guise of wellness and youth.
Some sports teams in the United States and Canada have finally abandoned the use of racist team names and logos. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

Applying corporate pressure to change racist team names isn’t enough

Putting pressure on corporate sponsors is a tactic that has worked when it comes to changing racist team names. But it's not enough to address systemic racism.
When the Edmonton Eskimos released a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, the team was criticized for not addressing the controversy about its racist team name. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Edmonton Eskimos should follow Washington Redskins and drop its racist team name

In the wake of protests about systemic racism, sports teams are under increased pressure to lose their racist nicknames. An Inuit scholar calls on the Edmonton Eskimos to do the right thing.

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