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People learn racism from the culture that surrounds them and media they consume, but that doesn’t need to be the end of the story. Gavriil Grigorov\TASS via Getty Images

American society teaches everyone to be racist – but you can rewrite subconscious stereotypes

If you’re American – regardless of the color of your skin – racism structures how you think. Changing the system should change these implicit biases.
Sending in the feds to quell unrest often increases conflict on the ground, as it did this summer in Portland, Ore. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Federal agents sent to Kenosha, but history shows militarized policing in cities can escalate violence and trigger conflict

Kenosha is the latest US city to see federal agents patrolling its protests. History suggests that supplanting the local police with a militarized national force rarely works out well.
A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole as police officers stand guard at the Third Police Precinct during a face off with a group of protesters on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery deaths: Racism causes life-threatening conditions for black men every day

Police killings of black men gain widespread attention, but black men's life-and-death issues are ignored on a daily basis, a physician who studies health gaps explains.
Darren Spencer at a memorial for his childhood friend Saheed Vassell, a 34-year-old father of a teenage son, fatally shot by police in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, April 5, 2018. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help

Police are almost always the first responders in cases of mental health crisis. Too often these encounters turn bad, even deadly. But police were never meant to be in charge of US mental health care.
Activists rallied in New York City in July 2016 to protest police-involved shootings. a katz/Shutterstock.com

Police are more likely to kill men and women of color

According to a new study, about 52 of every 100,000 men and boys, and about 3 of every 100,000 women and girls, are killed by police in the US.
A memorial display with a drawing of Antwon Rose II sits in front of the Allegheny County courthouse. Police officer Michael Rosfeld shot Rose three times as he fled a car after a traffic stop. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Our database of police officers who shoot citizens reveals who shot citizens

A new project looks at the race of on-duty police officers and civilians involved in 917 fatal shootings in 2015.
Protesters on the University of Cincinnati campus. AP Photo/John Minchillo

A new look at racial disparities in police use of deadly force

Does it make sense to compare the percentage of black Americans shot by police to the percentage of black Americans in the population? A new analysis suggests a different way of looking at the data.
A diagram of where police shooting victim Stephon Clark was struck by bullets. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

When police use force: 3 essential reads

Research on implicit bias, machismo and community relations may shed light on what drives police-citizen violence.
Outside the courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina. Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP

Dylann Roof, Michael Slager on trial: Five essential reads on Charleston

Two major trials in the killings of black victims in South Carolina start this week. Learn about the state's past and present struggle with racial violence in this roundup.
Protesters call for the arrest of an officer who shot dead unarmed motorist Terence Crutcher. REUTERS/Nick Oxford

Police shootings and race in America: Five essential reads

Protests erupted against the killing of black men by police in Tulsa and Charlotte. This roundup looks at research on racial violence and explains where there might be potential solutions.
A Dallas police officer makes his way to the funeral of Baton Rouge officer Montrell Jackson. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Not easy being blue: Fatal shootings, job stress make it hard to be a cop

The role of police is being questioned as never before. In addition to facing increased media scrutiny, officers are being killed. What is the effect on their well-being and, in turn, on ours?
“Every day I wake up determined to deliver for the people I have met all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned.” Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

In acceptance speech, Trump embraces role as hero of the forgotten

Trump appeared surprisingly presidential. According to a scholar of American political rhetoric, there were echoes of Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan.

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