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FAMILY MYTHOLOGY

Life was treacherous for a ten-year-old Black kid in 1968's Deep South — but not for the reasons you might think.

“The Wonder Years” (2021) follows the Williams family and is set in 1968. (Erika Doss/ABC) Source: The Washington Post


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Historians estimate that around 1 in 4 cowboys were Black and were part of settler colonialism to some extent

Collage made from photos of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, Courtesy Art T. Burton; actor Idris Elba in the film “Concrete Cowboys; Brianna Noble, photo by Noah Berger


Active Voice

The 29-year-old founder of Ethel’s Club had to make a hard pivot last year, but she knew it was important to stick to her vision

Photo Illustration: Save As/Medium; source photo courtesy of Naj Austin


American history is filled with politicians, journalists, organizers, and citizens claiming they don’t have a racist bone in their body

Uncle Sam’s boot kicks a Chinese immigrant off a dock as part of an anti-Chinese immigration campaign, 1905. Illustration: Puck/Library of Congress


The mass shooter in Atlanta embodied the flawed logic that racial stereotypes reflect fact-based truths

Activists outside Gold Spa following Tuesday night’s shooting, where three women were gunned down, on March 18, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images


The Atlanta shootings were a culmination of centuries of hypersexualization of Asian women

A photo of a young, Asian woman in winter clothes
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Illustration: Katty Huertas for GEN

With his new book, the CNN anchor thinks he knows exactly how to reach them — by being who he’s always been



It was wrong to hope that Meghan Markle could ‘assimilate’ into the royal family

Photo: Anwar Hussein/WireImage

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