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The GOP continues to mimic the former president’s racist rhetoric

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images


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
A photo of a young, Asian woman in winter clothes
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An anti-Semitic slur used during a Twitch livestream embodies the casual toxicity found in gaming culture

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Illustration showing Asian Americans protesting, covid virus, anti-Asian hate on the streets, small businesses closing, portraying a tumultuous 2020.
Illustration showing Asian Americans protesting, covid virus, anti-Asian hate on the streets, small businesses closing, portraying a tumultuous 2020.
Illustration by Mark Wang for GEN

The Conversation

Alexander Chee and Cathy Park Hong on how the pandemic has cracked open discrimination against Asian American communities


The opposition to the nominations of Deb Haaland and Xavier Becerra follows a familiar trend on the right

Rep. Debra Haaland testifies during her confirmation hearing. Photo: Leigh Vogel/Pool/Getty Images


Doing so only hurts both the Black and Asian communities

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I’m in high school now, but I’m scared of the vitriol I’ll face as a Black man covering the news

Photo illustration; image source: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images


The president must take a lesson from Abraham Lincoln in how to address a grieving, divided nation

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

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