Archive for July, 2010

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A new Facebook app to whiten your profile pic – this is not a joke

July 21, 2010

Facebook has just launched an app in India that can whiten the profile pictures of Indians. This blatant and outrageous racist act is brought to you by the makers of Vaseline, the Unilever corporation, in collaboration with Facebook.

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That’s going to freak people out.

July 21, 2010

At a conference yesterday, I sat next to a man who identifies as Latino.  He told me, “I just heard  that there are more Hispanics in the United States than Canadians in Canada.  That’s going to freak people out.”

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Getting rid of Native American mascots is just a trendy thing?

July 19, 2010

“Chief Illiniwek”

There’s a new law in Wisconsin allowing the state to ban race-based mascots and logos.  Bob Kliebenstein of Tomah, Wis., claims that the new law is simply a trendy thing to get rid of Native American mascots and in a few years it’s likely to switch to animal mascots. Here’s more info: Race-based team names not tolerated in Wisconsin

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Do we have to deal with this?

July 12, 2010

I was at an interview forum today when a candidate, talking about the trend of increased ethnic diversity in higher education, said: “and we’ll have to deal with that.”   Pardon me?  “Deal” as in “it’s a problem to be solved?”  I wondered how the people of ethnic diversity in the audience felt about this white woman’s words. Here’s what I think we need to deal with:

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Another mural whiteout – this time in Seattle

July 1, 2010

Last month I posted about the mural of children in Arizona that wasn’t white enough for some people:  Using whiteout on a mural of children.  Now I’m further disturbed to find that Seattle has its own similar story of changing a mural to reflect more whiteness.

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It’s easier to talk about than to do

July 1, 2010

I’ve been facilitating some community conversations about racism in response to the unintended impact of a comment made by a white person.  Feelings of pain, betrayal, confusion, and anxiety wrestle with the forces of denial, protectiveness, and guilt, as the community stumbles its way through this.

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