In South Africa, Police Violence Isn’t Black and White
The killing of a coloured teenager in Johannesburg exposed the fraught state of race relations in South Africa—and how the racial hierarchies created by apartheid continue to plague the country.
The U.N. Has a Diversity Problem
Westerners are overrepresented in senior positions across the world body.
How Bad History Feeds Far-Right Fantasies
Justifying colonialism’s atrocities plays a toxic role in politics today.
The Case for Black American Self-Defense
Pacifist injunctions obliterate the history of, and need for, armed protection.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon’s woes, what the bestselling book “Caste” ignores about India’s caste structure, and Britain’s distraction from its real economic problems.
Cuba’s Government Needs to Look Within as It Denounces U.S. Racism
Fidel Castro claimed the revolution eliminated racial discrimination, but it is alive and well.
Voltaire Spread Darkness, Not Enlightenment. France Should Stop Worshipping Him.
The celebrated philosopher was an unapologetic racist and anti-Semite who inspired Hitler. The recent removal of his statue in Paris was long overdue.
Defunding the Police Might Leave Americans More Surveilled and Less Secure
Technology in policing might appear more benign than rogue cops or racist judges, but a look at global trends gives pause.
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.
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.
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.
A polícia violenta e racista do Brasil
Apesar de constituírem mais de metade da população, pessoas negras continuam lutando pelo seu direito de viver.
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.
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.
France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now
The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.
Our Top Weekend Reads
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.
Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?
Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.
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.
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.