Harvard creates $100M slavery reparation fund

America’s prestigious Harvard University announced Tuesday it will commit $100 million to redress its role in slavery, as more US institutions move toward reparations for historical injustices. Harvard said it was putting the money into a fund to help tackle the educational and social gaps caused by the legacies of the slave trade and racism. […]

Biden signs law finally making lynching a hate crime

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed into law a bill finally making racist lynchings a federal hate crime, ending more than a century of delays in outlawing the symbol of what he called “pure terror.” Anyone convicted under the new law will face up to 30 years in prison, ending a history of impunity […]

Lisa Cook, expert on racism’s economic scars, now Biden Fed pick

by Heather SCOTT A researcher focused on how discrimination has harmed the American economy and the damage downturns do to the poor, Lisa Cook would bring a new perspective to the US central bank. If confirmed by the Senate, Cook would be the first Black woman to serve on the powerful Federal Reserve Board of […]

Dutch king ditches golden coach with slavery images

Dutch King Willem-Alexander announced Thursday that he is mothballing the royal Golden Coach which has been embroiled in a racism controversy. The opulent horse-drawn carriage, called “De Gouden Koets”, has traditionally transported the Dutch monarch to the opening of parliament and other state occasions, but has not been used since 2015. At the centre of […]

130-year-old time capsule found in base of statue of Confederate general

Workers dismantling the pedestal of a statue of a Confederate general discovered a copper box on Monday believed to have been buried 130 years ago, the second apparent time capsule unearthed at the site. “They found it!” tweeted Virginia Governor Ralph Northam along with pictures of the box. “This is likely the time capsule everyone […]

Sex, death and racism: Britain’s royal scandals

Prince Harry and his mixed-race wife Meghan have claimed that the British royals were worried how dark their son’s skin might be, during a potentially damaging US TV interview in which she also said she had suicidal thoughts after being hounded by the press.