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Inflation inequality: Poorest Americans are hit hardest by soaring prices on necessities


COMMENTARY The rising cost of groceries and gas is fueling the fastest increase in consumer prices in 40 years and widening the inflation gap between the rich and poor. 537 words. By Jacob Orchard, University of California San Diego

Racial and ethnic diversity is lacking among nonprofit leaders – but there are ways to change that

COMMENTARY The lack of racial and ethnic diversity among nonprofit leaders could make it hard for their organizations to achieve their goals. 600 words. By Atinuke Adediran, Fordham University

When meeting someone new, try skirting the small talk and digging a little deeper

COMMENTARY A series of experiments explored the seemingly radical idea that opening up to strangers can be deeply satisfying. 820 words. By Amit Kumar, University of Texas at Austin; Michael Kardas, Northwestern University, and Nicholas Epley, University of Chicago

Tackling 2022 with hope: 5 essential reads

RELIGION Five articles on the meanings of hope and how to think about resilience, healing and even joy in the midst of this winter’s bleakness. 743 words. By

Making sugar, making ‘coolies’: Chinese laborers toiled alongside Black workers on 19th-century Louisiana plantations


COMMENTARY Sugar has deep links with slavery in the US, but Black workers weren’t the only ones affected. In post-Civil War Louisiana, Chinese workers also toiled cutting and processing cane. 1179 words. By Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington

Beyond social mobility, college students value giving back to society

COMMENTARY Students who are the first in their family to attend college view a college degree differently than children of college-educated parents, researchers find. 558 words. By Marcela G. Cuellar, University of California, Davis; Alicia Bencomo Garcia, University of California, Davis, and Kem Saichaie, University of California, Davis

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

RELIGION MLK’s vision for nonviolence included abolishing what he called triple evils – racism, poverty and militarism. 1108 words. By Anthony Siracusa, University of Colorado Boulder

‘Southern hospitality’ doesn’t always apply to Blacks, as revealed in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery

COMMENTARY The murder of Ahmaud Arbery exemplifies the racial, often violent barriers still remaining in the US. The 25-year-old Black man was out for a jog. But three white men thought he was a criminal. 1164 words. By Barbara Harris Combs, Clark Atlanta University

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