Prejudice towards black people persists both in South Asian countries and their diasporas abroad. It stems from both colonialism and caste-based hierarchies.
Anti-racism protests continue in the US as statues, monuments and buildings of US historical leaders who carried out policies viewed as racist are being removed, following last month's police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.
Could his death in police custody be the trigger that brings on sweeping reforms and palpable change in race dynamics? For now, a look at some of the ways people and companies have responded to massive protests and outrage in the US and beyond.
Dalits are at the bottom of India's ancient caste hierarchy, whose membership was determined at birth, and have historically faced violence, segregation and been barred from even having their shadows touch those of people from higher castes.
DuVernay's election comes well after the #OscarsSoWhite movement was launched in January 2015 in response to the Academy picking an all-white slate of nominees — the same year "Selma" was in contention.
Protesters will take to the streets across the US again, a day after the funeral of George Floyd, whose death in police custody has ignited the biggest surge of anti-racism activism since the civil rights era of the 1960s.
The US needs to re-examine its identity from scratch.
The multiple Oscar-winning US Civil War epic released in 1939 remains the highest-grossing movie of all time adjusted for inflation, but its depiction of contented slaves and heroic slaveholders has garnered criticism.
The open letter complained of tokenism and prioritising white theatre for white audiences and was accompanied by a change.org petition demanding reforms in the theatre had been signed by 50,000 people.
The video, which was filmed by someone marching, garnered tens of thousands of views and shares on social media and it showed a man kneeling on the neck of another man shouting unintelligibly back at protesters.
Dramatic images on Sunday of protesters in the port city of Bristol tearing down a statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston and throwing it into the harbour inspired campaigners in Oxford to seize the moment.
A long line of mourners, many from the city's Third Ward neighbourhood where George Floyd grew up, formed in the morning and grew over the course of the day outside the Fountain of Praise church in south Houston.
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