Stories by Erica Pandey

New culture war: The meaning of white privilege

Illustration of a white dice with five black pips on all sides, contrasted with a black dice with a single white pip on all sides
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

"White privilege" has become a common phrase in Americans' conversations about race — and that's unsettling many white Americans because they think it undervalues their struggles or questions the legitimacy of their successes.

Why it matters: The term is a new weapon — and fault line — in American culture and politics. It’s one of a growing list of phrases different sides view very differently. 

The other Amazons: E-commerce is booming in the developing world

A man studies a piece of paper while leaning against an orange Jumia delivery vehicle
Out for delivery. Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

In several emerging markets, entrepreneurs are using the Amazon playbook to bring e-commerce to their own countries, but they're finding that demand for online shopping is expanding faster than the infrastructure needed to support it.

The big picture: Serving populations that tend to rely on cash and live in harder-to-reach areas, the online retailers of the developing world are searching for creative ways to grow — and keep the international giants at bay.

What Corporate America is doing about guns

lllustration of an arm in a business suit making a gun sign with smoke coming out of the fingertips
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As the nation debates the best ways to curb mass shootings, America’s biggest companies are reconsidering their relationships with the gun industry.

Why it matters: The manufacturing, selling and transportation of guns is a complicated supply chain that touches much of corporate America, including retailers, banks and shippers. These corporations don't face partisan gridlock and can take action on guns swiftly, but the moves of a few companies won’t have the effect that new laws would.