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Safe and Healthy Schools Lead With Support, Not Police

Safe and Healthy Schools Lead With Support, Not Police

By West Resendes and Sarah Hinger—Aug. 31, 2021 As schools begin to reopen for the new school year, students like J.W. are dreading the return to hallways patrolled by police officers who are trained and ready to detain, handcuff, and arrest students. After being...

At Top Magazines, Black Representation Remains a Work in Progress

At Top Magazines, Black Representation Remains a Work in Progress

By Jessica Testa—Sept. 2, 2021 On the last Friday morning in August, the website for Harper’s Bazaar magazine led with an image of a Black model smiling widely in an Hermès gown, her hair in dreadlocks. Beneath that was a portrait of Lil Nas X and, just below it, an...

This Is the End of Affirmative Action

This Is the End of Affirmative Action

By Adam Harris—July 26, 2021 One afternoon, during my freshman year at Alabama A&M University, my homework was piling up, and I was feeling antsy. I needed a change of scenery from Foster Hall. I’d heard that the library at the University of Alabama at Huntsville,...

How New Zealand’s Māori are Reclaiming Land with Occupations

How New Zealand’s Māori are Reclaiming Land with Occupations

By Don Rowe—Aug. 31, 2021 Two years ago, a small pocket of land three kilometres from Auckland’s international airport became the most prominent site of a struggle by Māori, New Zealand’s indigenous people, to reclaim land confiscated by the crown more than 150 years...

The Supreme Court and the Pursuit of Racial Equality

The Supreme Court and the Pursuit of Racial Equality

By Randall Kennedy—Aug. 9, 2021 Many people who came of age between, say, 1940 and 1970 have become accustomed to seeing the Supreme Court as a force for good when it comes to race. They have developed a faith in the justices’ claim, voiced in 1940 in a decision...

Gen. Lee Statue Comes Down in Former Confederate Capital

Gen. Lee Statue Comes Down in Former Confederate Capital

By SARAH RANKIN and DENISE LAVOIE—Sept. 8, 2021 A statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee that towered over Richmond for generations was taken down, cut into pieces and hauled away Wednesday, as the former capital of the Confederacy erased the last of the Civil War figures that...

What Is Hispanic Heritage Month—And How Is It Celebrated?

What Is Hispanic Heritage Month—And How Is It Celebrated?

By Robyn Moreno—Sept. 13, 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month highlights the achievements and contributions of Latinxs across the United States—and beyond. While most people know about pop icons including Jennifer Lopez, Selena, and Demi Lovato; political powerhouses like...

Stop Viewing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as a Monolith

Stop Viewing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as a Monolith

By Amy Yee—Aug. 17, 2021 The popular perception of Asian Americans is that they are “doing well” in terms of income, education, and health. In fact, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are a highly diverse group representing more than 30 countries of origin...