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From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter
Behavior

From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

Protest expert Aldon Morris explains how social justice movements succeed

By Aldon Morris
How Diversity Makes Us Smarter
Policy

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working

By Katherine W. Phillips
We'll Never Fix Systemic Racism by Being Polite
Behavior

We'll Never Fix Systemic Racism by Being Polite

Contrary to the sanitized version we sometimes hear about the civil rights movement, change was not achieved solely by protest marches and people singing “We Shall Overcome”

By Aldon Morris
How to Unlearn Racism
Behavior

How to Unlearn Racism

Implicit bias training isn't enough. What actually works?

By Abigail Libers
How to Think about 'Implicit Bias'
Behavior

How to Think about 'Implicit Bias'

Amid a controversy, it’s important to remember that implicit bias is real—and it matters

By Keith Payne, Laura Niemi and John M. Doris
The Flexibility of Racial Bias
Behavior

The Flexibility of Racial Bias

Research suggests that racism is not hard wired, offering hope on one of America’s enduring problems

By Mina Cikara and Jay Van Bavel
Bias Detectives
Policy

Bias Detectives

As machine learning infiltrates society, scientists are trying to help ward off injustice in algorithms

By Rachel Courtland
Microaggressions: Death by a Thousand Cuts
Behavior

Microaggressions: Death by a Thousand Cuts

The everyday slights, insults and offensive behaviors that people of marginalized groups experience in daily interactions cause real psychological harm

By Derald Wing Sue
George Floyd's Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America
Policy

George Floyd's Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America

The weaponization of medical language emboldened white supremacy with the authority of the white coat. How will we stop it from happening again?

By Ann Crawford-Roberts, Sonya Shadravan, Jennifer Tsai, Nicolás E. Barceló, Allie Gips, Michael Mensah, Nichole Roxas, Alina Kung, Anna Darby, Naya Misa, Isabella Morton and Alice Shen
The Brilliance Paradox: What Really Keeps Women and Minorities from Excelling in Academia
Policy

The Brilliance Paradox: What Really Keeps Women and Minorities from Excelling in Academia

How a misplaced emphasis on genius subtly discourages women and African-Americans from certain academic fields

By Andrei Cimpian and Sarah-Jane Leslie
Inequality before Birth Contributes to Health Inequality in Adults
Public Health

Inequality before Birth Contributes to Health Inequality in Adults

Improving newborn health is more essential now than ever

By Janet Currie
The Harm That Data Do
Computing

The Harm That Data Do

Paying attention to how algorithmic systems impact marginalized people worldwide is key to a just and equitable future

By Joanna Redden
Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19
Public Health

Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19

Public health specialist and physician Camara Phyllis Jones talks about ways that jobs, communities and health care leave Black Americans more exposed and less protected

By Claudia Wallis
We Learned the Wrong Lessons from the Tuskegee 'Experiment'
Behavior

We Learned the Wrong Lessons from the Tuskegee 'Experiment'

It’s understandable that Black Americans are wary of vaccines, but that despicable episode involved the withholding of treatment, whereas vaccines actively prevent disease...

By Melba Newsome
To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them
Policy

To Prevent Women from Dying in Childbirth, First Stop Blaming Them

Two-thirds of all U.S. maternal deaths are considered preventable. Racism—not race—is a critical factor

By Monica R. McLemore and Valentina D'Efilippo
The Racist Roots of Fighting Obesity
Policy

The Racist Roots of Fighting Obesity

Prescribing weight loss to Black women ignores barriers to their health

By Sabrina Strings and Lindo Bacon
A Civil Rights Expert Explains the Social Science of Police Racism
Policy

A Civil Rights Expert Explains the Social Science of Police Racism

Columbia University attorney Alexis J. Hoag discusses the history of how we got to this point and the ways that researchers can help reduce bias against black Americans throughout the legal system...

By Lydia Denworth
White Chicago Cops Use Force More Often Than Black Officers
Behavior

White Chicago Cops Use Force More Often Than Black Officers

A new study of the city’s policing also shows differences between male and female cops

By Jim Daley
Police Violence Calls for Measures beyond De-escalation Training
Behavior

Police Violence Calls for Measures beyond De-escalation Training

Pairing the practice with greater accountability, better oversight of law enforcement and efforts to reimagine the role police play in communities could help reduce officers’ use of force...

By Stacey McKenna
How Economic Inequality Harms the Environment
Inequality

How Economic Inequality Harms the Environment

Power imbalances facilitate environmental degradation—and the poor suffer the consequences

By James K. Boyce
People of Color Breathe More Unhealthy Air from Nearly All Polluting Sources
Public Health

People of Color Breathe More Unhealthy Air from Nearly All Polluting Sources

A trend of disproportionate exposure to deadly air pollution among Asian, Hispanic and Black people persists in most cases regardless of the emission source, a study finds

By Robin Lloyd
Solar Power's Benefits Don't Shine Equally on Everyone
Energy

Solar Power's Benefits Don't Shine Equally on Everyone

Racial and ethnic minorities have less access to solar power, regardless of income, highlighting the need for environmental justice

By Jeremy Hsu

Departments

  • From the Editor

    The Case for Antiracism

  • Advances

    Implicit Biases toward Race and Sexuality Have Decreased  

  • Forum

    We Must Confront Anti-Asian Racism in Science

  • The Science Agenda

    Take Racism Out of Medical Algorithms

  • Clinical Trials Have Far Too Little Racial and Ethnic Diversity

  • Three Ways to Fix Toxic Policing

  • Opinion

    What Neuroimaging Can Tell Us about Our Unconscious Biases

  • Observatory

    Racism and Sexism in Science Haven't Disappeared

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