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Protestors demonstrate inside a Philadelphia Starbucks, where two black men were arrested. REUTERS/Mark Makela

What’s unconscious bias training, and does it work?

Starbucks is giving this training to its employees, but it’s still so new that there's no standard format and little research yet on whether it's effective.
Despite its reputation as a “friendly” province, a recent report says visible minorities experience racism in Newfoundland and Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

Newfoundland needs immigrants and anti-racism action now

Newfoundland and Labrador's economic development plan includes attracting more immigrants. But the province needs to acknowledge the difficulties of systemic racism if it wants the plan to succeed.
In life, Marielle Franco fought against racism in Brazil. Her death put this often-overlooked subject on the front page. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Assassination in Brazil unmasks the deadly racism of a country that would rather ignore it

Race has long been a taboo subject in Brazil. With the March 14 killing of the black Rio politician Marielle Franco, any myth of the country as a 'racial democracy' has been broken wide open.
Debbie Baptiste, the mother of Colten Boushie, enters the Court of Queen’s Bench as the jury is in deliberation in the trial of Gerald Stanley, the farmer accused of killing her 22-year-old son, in Battleford, Sask., Friday, February 9, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards)

How racial bias likely impacted the Stanley verdict

Racial bias likely played a role in the Gerald Stanley case. This article explains how racial dynamics and process failures enabled systemic racism to play a part in Stanley’s acquittal.
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.
In this Aug. 28, 1963, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo, File)

If I can dream: The Elvis tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifty years ago Elvis Presley sang a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr: "If I Can Dream." English professor Robert Morrison goes back to that moment and looks at the lyrics written in honour of MLK.
The Commonwealth Games is often dubbed the ‘friendly games’, but its history shows that friendliness applies only to ‘the right sort of people’. AAP

The Commonwealth Games of exclusion: what are authorities so afraid of?

Preparations for next month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast are pushing homeless people out of town, and out of the state. Sadly, that's not unusual for events of this sort.

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