Moved by words: how poetry helps us express our feelings

Poetry has made something of a comeback in popular culture, thanks to America’s Amanda Gorman, who read her performance poems at a presidential inauguration and this year’s Super Bowl. Gorman has been described as bringing poetry to the masses, writes Maria Takolander. However, when it comes to the mainstream, poetry has long been hiding in plain…

Why people of colour are misidentified so often

There are scientific reasons that help explain initial mistakes; research shows that people identify faces from their own race better, BBC reports. But repeated errors can be frustrating, and take an emotional toll over time. Mistakes also carry career implications; visibility is a critical component of advancement, and Cadet points out that misidentification can impact…

Dance Company Highlights Missing Native American Women

Indigenous women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average (U.S. Department of Justice), and homicide is one of the leading causes of death for young Indigenous women. Nonetheless, many Americans are unfamiliar with the prevalence of the issue.  Thousands of cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls across…

For Native Americans, Harvard and Other Colleges Fall Short

When Samantha Maltais arrives at Harvard this autumn, she will be the first member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to attend its law school. In some ways, she will be joining an ancestor. More than 350 years ago, an Aquinnah Wampanoag man named Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard University. He attended…

Racial wealth gap may be a key to other inequities

The wealth gap between Black and white Americans has been persistent and extreme, writes Liz Mineo. It represents, scholars say, the accumulated effects of four centuries of institutional and systemic racism and bears major responsibility for disparities in income, health, education, and opportunity that continue to this day, she said. Consider that right now the…

Charges after US Capitol insurrection roil far-right groups

More than three dozen members and associates across both the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers have been charged with crimes, KTVB reports. Some local chapters cut ties with national leadership in the weeks after the deadly siege, the story says. The Proud Boys’ chairman called for a pause in the rallies that often have led to clashes with…