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    What Black Lives Matter Means: The History of the Movement

    What is the true meaning of Black Lives Matter? Many are still muddling the powerful message of the global movement.

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    I’m Vaccinated—Can I Stop Wearing My Mask?

    You're fully vaccinated and mask-wearing guidelines have loosened—so when do you still have to wear a mask? You might be...

    Gun Violence Statistics in the United States: 12 Charts You Need to See

    Learn about the problem of gun violence in America through these graphs and charts.

    What Could Be Banned in a Post-COVID World

    Restaurants, gyms, shopping, and a lot more will look different after COVID-19.

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    The Best (and Worst) Face Masks for COVID-19 Protection

    Wearing a face mask can help stop the spread of COVID-19, but some masks are better than others. These are...

    6 Ways to Be an LGBTQ Ally

    Being an ally to an LGBTQ friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or the population as a whole goes beyond acceptance.

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    The IRS Is Warning About These Upcoming Tax Scams

    For the second year in a row, COVID-19 is postponing Tax Day. While this is helpful for taxpayers, it unfortunately...

    What Exactly Is White Privilege?

    Understanding the inherent privileges of being White in America isn't about guilt or fingerpointing. Rather it's the essential work that...

    Anti-Asian Racism: How Language Fueled Hate Crimes and Xenophobia

    With people calling COVID-19 the "China virus" and "Kung flu," is it any surprise that anti-Asian hate crimes have been...

    Meet Amanda Gorman: The History-Making Poet the World Is Still Talking About

    The youngest-ever inaugural poet exploded onto the national stage when she spoke at President Joe Biden's inauguration. Here are some...

    Latino, Hispanic, and Latinx: What the Terms Mean and How to Use Them

    You may have heard the terms Latino and Hispanic. What about Latinx? Here's what these terms mean and how to...

    What Derek Chauvin’s Guilty Verdict Really Means for the Black Community

    The jury’s decision was a step in the right direction, but it is far from true justice.

    Here’s Why Gun Makers Are Off the Hook for Mass Shootings

    In a country where people sue over a floor that's too slippery and coffee that's too hot, why can't people...

    Why Is It So Hard to Stop Gun Violence in America?

    Gun violence in America is a serious problem. What is keeping our country from addressing it effectively?

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    What Does the Second Amendment Really Mean?

    The answer to that question is as old as the country itself, and it continues to evolve as Americans debate...

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    What Would It Take to Amend the Constitution?

    It’s not easy to change the Constitution—and that’s exactly what the Framers intended.

    What Happens to Survivors of Mass Shootings? Their Untold Story

    In the aftermath of a mass shooting, the attention often goes to those who lost their lives, and rightly so....

    “I Tried a Bidet and I’ll Never Use Toilet Paper Again”

    A bidet has been a pleasant alternative to using toilet paper, which has been in low supply everywhere due to...

    I Grew Up Thinking Guns Were a God-Given Right: Here’s Why I’ve Changed My Mind

    Sometimes the ideas you're taught as a child just aren't true.

    Italy Has a Gun Culture but No Mass Shootings—Here’s Why

    Italians own an estimated 8.6 million guns, but we've never had a single school shooting. Not one.

    11 Undeniable Facts About Mass Shootings in America

    Mass shootings have become such a regular fixture on the news that it has been difficult to stay on top...

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    8 People on What It’s Really Like to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

    People have a wide variety of feelings before and after getting the COVID-19 vaccine—from anticipation and relief to fear and...

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    5 Coronavirus Scams That Are Still Out There

    We're a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and while there have been plenty of helpful people (thank you, frontline and...

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    What Life After COVID Could Look Like

    Life certainly looks a lot different than it once did. Here’s how our new normal might continue to evolve in...

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    If You’ve Had COVID-19, Do You Still Need the Vaccine?

    If you had COVID-19 and recovered, should you still get vaccinated? Here's what to know about your post-infection immunity to...

    40 Asian-American-Owned Businesses You Can Support Right Now

    The rise of anti-Asian sentiment during the pandemic has taken a psychological and financial toll on the Asian American community....