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An historian reading the government White Paper on developing northern Australia will realise we’re actually heading all the way back to the 1890s. andrew matthews/Flickr

Northern development plan shows Australia’s fraught vision of our tropics

The federal government's recent White Paper on developing northern Australia has disturbing echoes of the 1890s, a time when unbridled capitalism and indentured labour developed the North.
The president reacts to the news of the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Obama and the N-word

What does it mean for any president, much less a black one, to use such a word?
Dylann Roof appears in court. POOL New/ Reuters

Look for the patterns in Charleston

So long as we treat each mass shooting, each black death as an isolated tragedy, there's nothing we can do. Things can change if we look for the patterns.
Laying wreaths in front of the Freedom Wall in Washington on V-E Day 2015. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Victory in Europe remembered

On Memorial Day, reflecting on the meaning of the 'liberation' of Europe 70 years on.
A page from a 1934 sex education manual that, like many of its era, managed to be less about sex than about policing racial boundaries. RPH West, Facts about Ourselves for Growing Boys and Girls (Public Health Department of the City of Johannesburg and the South African Red Cross Society, 1934). Wits Historical Papers, South African Institute of Race Relations Collection, AD 843 RJ/NA 18.

Let’s talk about sex education: race and shame in South Africa

In South Africa's segregated pre-apartheid state, even sex education was racialised. Christian missionaries had very different lessons for black and white children.
Zannoni’s 1771 Map of the British Isles shows the heart of the “civilised” world – at least according to Adam Smith when he was writing The Wealth of Nations. Wikimedia Commons/Geographicus Rare Antique Maps

Savage peoples: the racism of Adam Smith in Wealth of Nations

To burnish the virtues of "civilised" Europe, Adam Smith relies on a barrage of racial insults. Where did his information about the so-called "savage peoples" come from in the first place?
Does relentlessly criticising Australia’s human rights record risk doing more harm than good? Courntey Biggs/AAP

Is Australia as bad as IS? Skewed criticism may leave you wondering

Australia's human rights record isn't perfect, but it still good. if Australians aren't able to take some pride in that and be inspired to do even better, over-the-top criticism could backfire.
Miranda Tapsell used her speech at the Logies to issue a challenge to producers to reflect the diversity of Australia on our TV screens. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Let’s see all the faces of Team Australia on our TV screens

When Miranda Tapsell called for more diversity in Australian television in her Logies speech, she hit the nail on the head. It's time for Australian producers to take colour-blind casting seriously.
Is it too commonly assumed that racism is a major contributor to the problems of Indigenous Australia? Len Matthews

Racism towards Indigenous Australians: reporting the good with the bad

Can we trace modern-day racism against Indigenous Australians to the country's British invaders? Often when trying to extinguish a fire, it is more important to know what sustains it rather than what started it.
A bit of crowd control – nothing heavy-handed. EPA/Michael Reynolds

What led to the Baltimore riots?

Better handling of peaceful protests at the death of Freddie Gray might have prevented the riots.
Trainee teachers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology during a digital storytelling session. Janet Condy/CPUT

Being human today: sharing stories to shape teachers

Once they graduate, they'll educate South Africans of all race groups – so what happens when student teachers don't mix across racial lines? A digital storytelling project is bridging gaps.

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