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Conflict & Justice

Not just Baltimore: Where police are whiter than those they serve

The frightening scenes of urban unrest in Baltimore, and in Ferguson Missouri before that, reflect a long-smoldering distrust of police in African-American communities nationwide. A lot of departments, Baltimore’s among them, have made substantive strides in recent years increasing diversity. But Census Bureau statistics also indicate that police in many of America’s largest cities still don’t reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.

Arts, Culture & Media

Sorry, your skirt is too long for France

Twitter lights up with reaction to the story of a Muslim schoolgirl in France who was sent home from school for wearing a long black skirt to class. School authorities, citing concern over France's secularity law, asked her to leave and come back with a more neutral outfit. See some creative photo-protests using the hashtag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux -"I wear my skirt as I please."