Are peaceful protests more effective than violent ones?

As unrest erupts across the world after the killing of a Black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer, even some peaceful protests have descended into chaos, calling into question the efficacy of violence when it comes ...

How landline phones made us happy and connected

Smartphones and the internet have revolutionised society, commerce, and politics, reshaping how we work and play, and how our brains are wired. They have even revolutionised how revolutions are made.

Does America have a caste system?

In the United States, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race or both. Consider, for example, criticism that Republicans' new tax plan is a weapon of "class warfare," or accusations that the recent ...

New report details Chicago's racial, ethnic disparities

Despite some progress, significant racial inequities have stagnated, and in some cases grown worse, in Chicago since the civil rights movement, according to a new report by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.

Civil unrest in Ferguson from the eyes of older citizens

In August, 2014, the nation's attention turned to Ferguson, Missouri, after a young African-American man, Michael Brown Jr., was shot by a white police officer. The civil unrest that followed lasted for weeks. The aftershocks ...

Researchers discuss study of the everyday response to racism

An African-American man in New York gets on an elevator with a group of white men, one of whom proceeds to tell a joke that includes blacks and monkeys. What happens next? In this case, the black man struggles to keep his ...

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