The Supreme Court is deciding a case on whether, and how, universities may consider an applicant’s race when making admissions decisions.

What is affirmative action? Here are 4 essential reads.

Development & Education

Scholars explain what affirmative action is — and isn’t — as well as what its effects are, and why, among others, the military has supported it for decades.

Filmmaker Crystal Kwok speaks to a customer at shop featured in the film,"Blurring the Color Line."

‘I want people to have uncomfortable conversations’: A new documentary explores Chinese and Black relations in the Jim Crow South

One of Joanne Lee Molinaro's recipes from The Korean Vegan

The Korean Vegan reflects on food, family and life

A demonstrator holding a sign reading #GeorgeFloyd and #BLM marches near Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, May 30, 2020.

BLM is increasingly a voter issue for Latinos in Georgia

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In her new book, author Isabel Wilkerson, right, argues a caste system — not race — explains inequality in the United States.

Author Isabel Wilkerson: Caste, not race, is the ‘bones’ of inequality in the US

A woman's photo is superimposed on an illustrated image of the Brooklyn Bridge

Author Mira Jacobs reflects on raising a brown boy in America today


Mira Jacob’s new book, “Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversation,” explores the themes of interracial marriages, racism, and raising a brown child.

Supporters cheer at a Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore campaign rally in Midland City, Alabama.

Alabama’s deep racial divisions increasingly plague the rest of America

Global Politics

The sense of siege that many angry white voters have felt in Alabama is now more common across the United States.

White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia, on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, US August 11, 2017. Picture taken August 11, 2017.

How often have you dealt with racism? Her friends’ answers surprised her.


Nayomi Munaweera asked her Facebook friends to talk about race. She was deluged with stories about friends’ experiences — and new ways of thinking about America.

Leila Day (left) and Hana Baba (right), co-hosts of the podcast, The Stoop.

Creators of a new podcast are unpacking black identity


Leilah Day and Hana Baba are journalists at KALW based in San Francisco. They say they wanted to “start conversations and provide sound-rich stories about what it means to be black, and how we talk about blackness” — and so, The Stoop was born.

Author Scaachi Koul was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and is a culture writer at BuzzFeed.

White privilege in brown Canada


BuzzFeed writer Scaachi Koul discusses how white privilege affects her family and how racism is institutionalized in Canada.