Ethnicity & Race

Conflict & Justice

#BlackLivesMatter has gone global. And Brazil needs it — badly.

Latin America's largest nation is also one of the world's deadliest. And, just like in the US, violence in Brazil disproportionately affects young, non-white men. Now activists are fighting to draw attention to the problem of killings of young black Brazilian men, frequently by police. One of the leading local movements is Amnesty International’s “Jovem Negro Vivo,” meaning “Young Black Alive.”

Development & Education

Language is the great equalizer at this school in Louisiana

For decades, East Baton Rouge Parish school district was under a federal desegregation order. The school district continues to struggle with diversity in its schools. However, one result of the desegregation order was the introduction of a language immersion elementary magnet school program. Language was used in two ways: both to attract middle class white families to the inner-city school and to equalize the dynamics inside the classroom between rich and poor, black and white