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· May, 2015

Stories about Ethnicity & Race from May, 2015

29 May 2015

Reclaiming The Weeping Time

The Bridge

Those enslaved in the American South weren't merely victims, but people who succeeded against the odds, say descendants of slaves sold at an historic auction campaigning to reclaim that dignity.

The Forgotten Massacre of Chinese People in Torreón, Mexico

In May 1911, during the Mexican Revolution, half the population of the Chinese community in the town of Torreón were killed by an enraged mob.

26 May 2015

Bangladesh Wants ‘Third Gender’ Hijras to Serve as Traffic Police

Hijras often face widespread discrimination and are shut out of employment opportunities. Bangladesh wants to recruit them as traffic police to help change that.

19 May 2015

Arab-American Journalist Detained by Israeli Security for ‘Flying While Muslim’

Palestinian-American journalist Noor Wazwaz shares her experience of "Flying While Muslim" into Tel Aviv, saying the humiliation will not deter her from returning again.

Despite Protests, Malaysia Still Plans to Build a Mega Dam That Could Displace 20,000 Indigenous People

"It is built for the benefit of others rather than those who live in Baram and for the long term good of the Baram."

18 May 2015

The Stateless of the Dominican Republic: The Story of Juliana Deguis

In September 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court passed a ruling that rendered stateless some 200,000 Dominicans with Haitian roots.

17 May 2015

Rohingya Boat Refugees Rejected by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia

"Action on #Rohingya is a real test of character for #ASEAN. Are we compassionate or heartless nations?"

14 May 2015

An Egyptian Official Resigns After Saying Garbage Collectors’ Sons Cannot Become Judges

In Egypt, a janitor's son cannot become a judge, says the country's Minister of Justice Mahfoodh Saber, whose comments spurned a social media storm, forcing him to resign.

12 May 2015

Can This US Presidential Hopeful Capture Republican and Latino Hearts?

The Bridge

Marco Rubio is one of the most-watched Republican candidates because of what he represents to a new generation of Latinos, but he has a number of hurdles to overcome.

A Brazilian Girl Who Endured Racism at School Was Forced to Apologize to Her Aggressors

After weeks of suffering bullying and racism at school, Lorena decided to tell the school director what was happening. The school decided she was the one that needed to apologize.

Amaal Said’s Portraits of Belonging: An Interview

This Is What Happened When a Musician Allegedly Said Ugandan Women Are Inferior to White Women

"I would date Ugandan girls for casual sex and not serious relationship," says Ugandan musician Coco Finger in an interview with Uganda's New Vision newspaper.

10 May 2015

The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven't Heard of in Burundi

A Han Musician’s Song Slams Stereotypes of China’s Xinjiang Region

A new song written by an ethnic Han encourages people to abandon their prejudices towards Xinjiang, a western region in China where ethnic tensions still simmer.

3 May 2015

The Wayúu Indigenous Community in Colombia and Venezuela Is Dying of Thirst

The main river running through the community's region was dammed with its water privatized for the world's largest coal mine and commercial agriculture.

1 May 2015

Baltimore Riots Remind Caribbean Diaspora That #Black Lives Matter

The riots in Baltimore is the latest chapter of a seemingly endless story of police aggression towards young black men in the US.