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“Mom told me what happened, what a scare!” Fran, the digital influencer, says to her aunt over a video call. Her uncle and their family’s maid contracted COVID-19 from guests, who came over for a birthday celebration. The family “spared no expense” on medical care for the uncle, who survived after 12 days in an intensive care unit. The aunt is categorical: It wasn’t the guests who infected him; she blames the maid. “You know how it is in the favela, everyone crammed in,” she says. “She brought COVID to us.” The maid dies in a run-down public hospital and is replaced by another one right after. “New maid—I have to teach her everything. How annoying,” the aunt laments. “Hahaha, I know how it is. But thank God the worst is over now,” Fran says. “Life carries on.”

A New Comic Exposes Racism Amid the Pandemic in Brazil

“Confinada” critiques the disproportionate toll the coronavirus has taken on poor and Black Brazilians—on top of ongoing systemic inequality in the country.

Protestor holds a Black Lives Matter sign in Italy

As Europe Reckons With Racism, Italy Still Won’t Confront Its Colonial Past

Italian forces used chemical weapons and committed war crimes in Africa—but the country’s sordid history is not taught in schools and is rarely discussed by politicians or intellectuals.

Police form a line during a protest near the British prime minister's residence on Downing Street on Nov. 14, 2018, in London.

To Downsize Bloated, Too-Powerful Police, Look at These Examples

Communities around the world have shifted to a lighter policing model to reduce tensions and curb violence.

Manifestantes carregam cruzes com os nomes das vítimas —que inclui João Pedro Mattos Pinto, 14, morto em casa pela polícia em Maio—nas ruas de São Gonçalo. Brasil, 5 de Junho.

A polícia violenta e racista do Brasil

Apesar de constituírem mais de metade da população, pessoas negras continuam lutando pelo seu direito de viver.

Protesters hold crosses bearing the names of victims—including that of João Pedro, 14, who was killed at home by police in May—in the streets of São Gonçalo, Brazil, on June 5.

Brazil Must Address Its Own Racist Police Violence

Afro-Brazilians make up over half of the country’s population, but they are still fighting for their right to live.

U.S. Flag Burning Protest

When It Comes to America’s Race Issues, Russia Is a Bogeyman

As talk turns once again to Russia’s role in stoking racial tensions ahead of an election, the United States would be wise to look within.

Protesters raise their fist and give the finger from the statue of Marianne on Place de la Republique in Paris on June 13, 2020.

France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now

The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.

Civil Rights activists carrying “I Am a Man” placards are blocked by National Guardsmen during a protest in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.

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America’s founders missed an opportunity to abolish slavery, attacks on the press are increasing in democratic societies, and Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran isn’t working.

George Washington and some of the more than 300 enslaved people who worked at Mount Vernon

How America’s Founding Fathers Missed a Chance to Abolish Slavery

They swept the issue under the rug, and even Thomas Jefferson realized that civil war was inevitable before he died on July 4, 1826. But history could have taken a different direction.

Police in riot gear stand in formation during protests on May 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. Can, Too.

Well-meaning reforms are often blocked and rarely succeed. But there are ways to make them stick.

People walk down 16th Street in Washington after volunteers painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 5.

Seeing Race In a Pandemic

How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

Thomas Jefferson’s monument in Washington

If Americans Grappled Honestly With Their History, Would Any Monuments Be Left Standing?

The furor over police abuse of Black communities is raising new questions about the original sin of America’s Founding Fathers.

Black Lives Matter Protest London

When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?

A protester near the site where George Floyd was killed while in police custody, on May 26 in Minneapolis.

Calls for Police Reform Are Getting Louder—Here Is How to Do It

The United States’ chronic police brutality problem can be solved using evidence and data.

A rally takes place in Senegal..

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Racism in international relations, the state of the German armed forces, and Hindu nationalism is creeping into Nepal.

Reporter Jesse J. Holland

I’m a Black Reporter. Covering America Almost Broke Me.

Journalists pay a personal toll covering public tragedies.

A woman carries a 'Black Lives Matter' sign past U.S. National Guard troops in the Fairfax District, an area damaged during yesterday's unrest, after the troops were activated by California Governor Gavin Newsom following violent demonstrations in response to George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020 in Los Angeles.

How White Supremacy Weakens the United States

The Trump administration’s agenda on race undermines the country’s military, alliances, and security.

Two members of the National Guard walk past at the World War II Memorial as protests against police brutality and racism take place

It’s Not Just Trump. The World Worries America Is Broken.

Protests against police brutality and systemic racism highlight what is seen as the United States’ accelerated decline.

Papuan students take part in a rally.

Black Lives Matter in Indonesia, Too

American protests are inspiring Indonesians to tackle racism against Papuans.