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The Stories You Need To Know: Miss South Africa Accused Of Racism, Zambia In A State Of Emergency, And More

Pictures of Miss SA wearing gloves while interacting with black children surfaced online.

SOUTH AFRICA–Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been accused of racism. This was after pictures of her wearing gloves while interacting with black children surfaced.


She has since cleared the air by saying the gloves were for hygiene purposes as she was handing out food. But some South Africans on Twitter just aren’t having it. Watch her explain in the video below.

ZAMBIA-President Edgar Lungu declared a state of emergency after a fire that destroyed Lusaka’s City Market. Tweeps responded as the act has triggered accusations of government authorization. Read the full story here.

LIBYA–Amnesty International has blamed the European Union for the soaring death toll among refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean. The AI said the EU was turning a blind eye to abuses in Libyan detention centers, and was mostly leaving it up to sea rescue charities to save migrants. Read the full story here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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