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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.
There are currently at least four major calls to defund police forces in Canada. Here, hundreds of people participate in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of Saskatchewan’s Legislative Building in Regina on June 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

A better future: How to defund and reimagine policing

Another world is possible when we defund and reimagine policing as we know it. A review of police budgets could mean more money towards community initiatives.
Racialized people are disproportionately at the frontlines of the economy. Many workers may have no choice but to take public transit. Here commuters on the Métro in Montréal, a COVID-19 hotspot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Data linking race and health predicts new COVID-19 hotspots

Black and immigrant communities in Canada are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
A woman waits for a streetcar in Toronto on April 16, 2020. The many Black people working in essential jobs do not have the luxury of staying home during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Coronavirus discriminates against Black lives through surveillance, policing and the absence of health data

Black lives are further in peril in a time of COVID-19. Subject to death on both the public health and policing fronts, we will not be silent.
Wisconsin state representative David Bowen, shown here speaking to a crowd in 2017, contracted COVID-19. As of March 27, 2020, about half of the state’s deaths and total cases were in Milwaukee. All eight people who died from the coronavirus in Milwaukee County were Black. Angela Peterson/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP

Coronavirus is not the great equalizer — race matters

How does racism impact the health of racialized communities when it comes to COVID-19? Will these social factors play an implicit role in health-care workers’ decisions?
Stereotypes of AsianAmerican men mean they can have a hard time in the online dating world. (Phuoc Le/Unsplash)

Asian guys stereotyped and excluded in online dating

A large body of sociological research has found that in North America, young Asian men are twice as likely as Asian women to be single.
Because of the coronavirus, most pictures of people in Wuhan are in protective gear like this one of people buying face masks on Jan. 22. Recent chants by residents of ‘stay strong Wuhan’ help to both encourage and humanize residents. AP Photo/Dake Kang

Coronavirus in Wuhan: Residents shout ‘stay strong’ from windows

During a crisis, communities seek to come together. But quarantined residents of Wuhan at the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic have had to show their encouragement in a different way.
Don Cherry, left, at the Manitoba Legislature building in Winnipeg, September 2009, as part of the “Honouring Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Day,” and Archie Bunker, right. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Afexa Life Sciences Inc./ YouTube

What Don Cherry, Canada’s Archie Bunker, shows us about cancel culture

Without implying that Don Cherry is deserving of a second chance given his track record, it wouldn't be a bad thing if bridged differences resulted in redemption instead of cancellation.
‘I Dream of Jeannie’ co-stars Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman embrace before signing copies of the first season DVD of their show in March 2006 at a bookstore in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

‘I Dream of Jeannie’ left us with enduring stereotypes

Do you remember the 1960s sitcom 'I Dream of Jeannie?' The cute show still attracts viewers decades later. Unfortunately, it has also spread some negative stereotypes about Muslims and Arabs.
A recent photo-voice project shows what can happen when educators help marginalized youth express their resistance to racism. Alexis Brown/ Unsplash

How high school educators can help girls resist Islamophobia

A recent study suggests that marginalized youth feel supported and more resilient when adults encourage their ideas and missions to combat stereotypes, racism and Islamophobia.
Recent reports of Black students in Ontario reveal an ongoing pattern of racism including a lack of adequate reading materials. Wadi Lissa /Unsplash

The crisis of anti-Black racism in schools persists across generations

Decades of inadequate teaching material and resources to support Black students in Ontario means they are severely underserved by their schools.

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