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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.
Sicily 1943: whose blood was this US soldier getting? NARA

Desegregating blood: a civil rights struggle to remember

In December 1941, a few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II, a Detroit mother named Sylvia Tucker visited her local Red Cross donor center to give blood. Having…
How does feeling you inhabit a body different than your own affect your racial biases? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Maister et al.

Virtual bodyswapping reduces bias against other races

In 1959, John Howard Griffin, a white American writer, underwent medical treatments to change his skin appearance and present himself as a black man. He then traveled through the segregated US south to…
Racial discrimination may have biological impacts lasting across generations. Orange-studio/Shutterstock

Discrimination is bad for your health – and your kids too

Think about the last time you left the house. Did strangers on the street acknowledge your presence with a smile or avert their glance? Chances are that the answer depended on your age, gender and, of…
Racial disparities in tip size can’t be explained by discriminatory service. Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock

What’s behind racial differences in restaurant tipping?

Within the US restaurant industry, blacks are generally considered comparatively poor tippers. One recent survey of roughly 1,000 restaurant servers from across the nation found that 34% thought blacks…

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