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An 18th-century painting shows an indigenous woman with her Spanish husband and their child. The plaque reads: ‘From a Spaniard and an Indian is produced a mestizo.’ Wikimedia Commons

From Paraguay, a history lesson on racial equality

The strange and enlightening tale of a South American dictator who tried to prevent white people from marrying other white people.
Has Donald Trump alienated women, African American and Hispanic voters, leaving him with a support base of largely white men? Cristobal Herrera/EPA

Race to the White House – How gender, race and class are shaping the election

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This week's episode of Race to the White House looks at how gender, race and class are shaping the voting patterns in this election.
The format of the ABC program Recognition: Yes or No? is problematic, and the choice of voices particularly so. ABC Publicity

Recognition: Yes or No? The ABC asks the wrong questions of the wrong people

The ABC has missed a rare opportunity to deeply engage with the diversity of views among Indigenous Australians about whether and how they should be ‘recognised’ in the Constitution.
Aboriginal elder Max Eulo holds a baby in front of a sea of 70,000 multi-coloured paper hands at the Sydney Opera House in December 2000. David Gray/Reuters

Friday essay: reflections on the idea of a common humanity

Racism is again on the rise in many parts of the world. So is the dehumanisation of our enemies. What hope is there, then, for notions of a common humanity?
Young South Africans are angry with the failure of the country to deal with racism. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Getting to grips with why race is still a divisive issue in South Africa

The central thrust of Haffajee’s book is compelling. It argues that black South Africans, especially the new generation of young, black ‘born frees’ are obsessed with whiteness and white privilege.
While Adam Goodes is the public face of the debate, almost any Indigenous Australian can speak of the day-by-day experience of a lack of respect for who they are. AAP/Paul Miller

White Australia needs to take responsibility for reconciliation too

For at least some Australians, it seems that Indigenous culture is acceptable only as an object of consumption for tourists visiting the remote north.

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