Our society wants to desperately say that we’re a colorblind nation and racism has ended – despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. To help you grapple with how different the experiences of white people and Black people can be in the US, check out this video by The Daily Show on what happens when a white man and a Black man assert their right to bear arms.
Race & Ethnicity
We’ve been taught to assume Black people are up to no good. For those who don’t understand why that’s racist, check out this this hidden-camera experiment by “What Would You Do” where three people (a white man, a Black man, and a white woman) attempt to steal a bike. The responses are not surprising – unless you don’t believe racism and benevolent sexism exist.
Animosity over cultural differences can lead to anything from bully and stereotyping, to war and genocide. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We take in prejudice slowly and silently through socialization. But because we learn prejudice, we can also unlearn it. Here are a few ways you can fight oppression and practice communal harmony in your everyday life.
Our society, and in particular our media, often make Asian-American men out to be “not manly enough” and “too feminine” – by virtue of their race. This is not just racist but also patriarchal. But the thing is, Asian-American men are — believe it or not — like other human beings. They’re diverse and complex. So let’s uncover some of the most common lies.
In general, our society is moving toward a more accepting framework, and people seem to be more interested in becoming culturally aware. But in a misguided attempt to appreciate other cultures, many socially progressive folks end up exoticizing people of different cultures. Check out this hilarious satire to see what it sounds like when the roles are reversed.
This time of year is wrought with stereotypes of Native people. Thankfully, November is also National Native American Heritage Month and offers many opportunities, from the classroom to the kitchen, to move past one-dimensional representations. Here are 6 suggestions of how to de-stereotype Native American Heritage Month — no leather, feathers, or fringe needed.
You’ve seen the stereotype before: Asian woman falls in love with white hero and then cries when he inevitably leaves her. It’s one of the most tired tropes around Asian women in our media and, yes, even extends to Harry Potter. Check out this kickass poem by Rachel Rostad to JK Rowling on how this misrepresentation is damaging and dehumanizing and why we need to do better.
As you may know, history books are written by people in power. As a result, United States history books don’t do a great job representing the history and experiences of one of the most oppressed groups in US history: Native people. Check out this list to learn more about just a few of the truths about Native people that most history books fail to mention.
The number of prisons run by private firms and corporations has increased in recent years. We’ve already learned that these firms value financial gain over their responsibility to care for and rehabilitate prisoners. But how do they measure up against public prisons in terms of race? Check out this infographic to get the facts and then start wondering about how just our criminal justice system actually is.
There comes a moment when we are all confronted with our own privilege. And yes, it can be very challenging to accept and acknowledge this privilege — but the way we react when confronted says a lot about us. Check out this poem by Andrea Gibson about a moment when fellow poet Sonya Renee called them out for their white privilege and about how they reacted.