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Structural and institutional racism account for under-representation in many fields. ZUMA Press, Inc/Alamy

Structural racism: what it is and how it works

After ongoing claims that the UK is devoid of this form of discrimination, what does the term actually mean?
President Lyndon Johnson signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which aimed to do away with racial discrimination in the law. But discrimination persisted. AP file photo

Critical race theory: What it is and what it isn’t

A scholar of race and racism explains what critical race theory is – and how many people get it wrong.
Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, right, beat James Jeffries in 1910, sparking racial violence. George Haley, San Francisco Call, via University of California, Riverside, via Library of Congress

When a Black boxing champion beat the ‘Great White Hope,’ all hell broke loose

Johnson’s victory, in the manliest of sports, contradicted claims of racial supremacy by whites and demonstrated that Blacks were no longer willing to acquiesce to white dominance.
A 16-year-old’s academic performance impacts their future outcomes on every level, educational, professional and emotional. Jim Wileman / Alamy Stock Photo

How race, sex and class combine to affect school results

The data shows that attainment gaps in English education at age 16 cannot be attributed to any single factor.
Mourners gather at the site of the attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario. After tragedy, there is no one way to recover from trauma. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Brett Gundlock

A child psychiatrist who knew those killed in the London terror attack offers advice on helping kids deal with trauma

Racial trauma in society has been challenging for all of us, especially children and teens. There are practical steps we can all take to help ourselves and our kids heal.
White Americans who hold racist attitudes are likely to prefer military action over diplomacy in foreign countries like Iran and, in particular, China. Frank Rossoto Stocktrek via Getty

Racial bias makes white Americans more likely to support wars in nonwhite foreign countries – new study

Analysis of US survey data finds that white people who hold racist views are more likely than others to favor military action over diplomacy in China and Iran, and to endorse the global war on terror.
Reading diverse books can help young adults understand conversations around race better. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision

Summer reading: 5 books for young people that deal with race

While teachers are under increased pressure to tread carefully in the classroom on issues of race, books that deal with themes of racism can offer a way forward.
Many black South Africans live in appalling conditions with no running water or electricity 27 years into democracy. Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

South Africa needs new thinking for its democracy to work for all

The new governing elite mistakenly believes that the goal of a democratic South Africa is simply to extend to everyone what whites enjoyed under apartheid.

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