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Racial Stereotypes

A Conversation About Hollywood and Diversity: Why It Matters

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We have come together to have a conversation about racism and the media industry. As scholars, we are concerned about systemic biases in Hollywood and how they influence people's ideas and behaviors in the real world, in ways that people may be unaware of.

Debunking The Myth That Black Men Are Immune To Harm (VIDEO)

Colorlines | Carla Murphy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was difficult last November to ignore the language that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson used to describe Michael Brown. “The only way I can...

Debunking The Myth That Black Men Are Immune To Harm (VIDEO)

Colorlines | Carla Murphy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was difficult last November to ignore the language that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson used to describe Michael Brown. “The only way I can...

"It's The Blackness That Scares Everybody": Why White People Favor "African-Americans"

Salon | Brittney Cooper | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more negative view of the...

A New Era for Asian Americans in Starring Roles

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

As more Asian faces star in American entertainment projects, they communicate an important message to everyone watching: Asian Americans are capable of playing any role -- not just on camera, but also in life.

Mike Epps Wants Us To Be Able To Laugh About Racism

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

Even at a time of heightened racial tension in this country, popular and well-traveled comedian Mike Epps is trying to make a lighthearted point about...

Your Name Says More About You Than You Think

Mic | Marcie Bianco | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

When it comes to stereotyping others, it takes no more than a name. That goes double for non-Anglophile names that carry a strong cultural currenc...

Why Brian Williams Got Away With Pandering to Racial Stereotypes about Black Gangs

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Now it turns out that temporarily defrocked NBC news anchor Brian Williams may have blatantly lied about being terrorized by gangs during the Katrina debacle in 2005.

Suge Knight Arrest Again Reinforces Thug Image of Black Males

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This is a hard and terrible price that many black males must pay for the thuggish image that rap exploiters such as a Knight have capitalized on. It's even worse when some go the extra step and become killers themselves.

12 Unforgettable Things Strangers Have Said to Me on the Sidewalks of New York

Lisa Bernier | Posted 04.05.2015 | New York
Lisa Bernier

As I look back at these words that have been seared into my brain, the reflection back is so distorted I can't even see myself.

Rebecca Klein

Why Teachers Need To Talk About Their Own Racial Bias

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices

As recent protests spur tough conversations about the racial bias of police officers, a national group of educators and policy analysts is urging teac...

How Mindfulness Combats Racial Biases And Stereotyping

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science

As the national conversation about racial prejudice -- and its role in deadly police confrontations with unarmed people of color -- continue, one poin...

"Did Somebody Say 'Mulatto'?" Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

As the number of people who identify as "mixed" increases, discussions around topics concerning people of mixed ancestry are also expanding and challenging our perceptions of race and racism. Critical mixed-race studies and films like Dear White People accomplish the goal of furthering dialogues around race that we can engage in with friends, family, and those in our communities.

How the Jewish Boy Got So Nice

Moment Magazine | Rachel E. Gross | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion

This article originally appeared in the November/December issue of Moment Magazine. For more go to momentmag.com. Maybe you know one. Maybe you wan...

Times Have Changed for Gays in Professional Wrestling, Says WWE Legend Jimmy Hart

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Pollo Del Mar

"Back in the old days...I think you could get away with whatever you wanted to do," said World Wrestling Entertainment legend Jimmy Hart of the professional wrestling industry, "Now, you have to watch what you say, watch what you do."

What Hazmat Suits, Ray Rice, and the Washington Redskins Have in Common With Human Trafficking

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Leading up to Halloween, there has been a surplus of offensive costumes floating around on the internet -- hazmats suits for Ebola, dressing up like members of ISIS, and making light of domestic violence by dressing up as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice while holding a doll with a black eye.

Breaking the Code of Silence on Race in Law School

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 12.23.2014 | Black Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

At the Louisiana State University Law Center, the silence on race is deafening. It is deafening because race is never really off the table. Students discuss race with members of their own racial group, but they rarely have interracial conversations on race. As a result, students never learn about other people's lives or experiences -- they never become culturally competent.

Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.

Putting Implicit Racial Bias to the Test

Lecia Brooks | Posted 12.14.2014 | Black Voices
Lecia Brooks

Discovering these biases shouldn't make one feel ashamed or fearful that he or she is a racist. Uncovering implicit bias and guarding against it is a responsible and necessary step for anyone dedicated to eliminating bigotry and prejudice.

The 'New York Times' Publishes Racist Comic About India's Space Mission

Sharanya Haridas | Posted 11.30.2014 | Media
Sharanya Haridas

Yesterday's New York Times' comic by Heng, titled "India's budget mission to Mars" seems in poor taste. Qhether meant to be funny or ironic, the racial, national and classist stereotyping is apparent.

'Black-ish': Horrible Parody of Black Family Life

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

I cringed when I saw the name and promos for Black-ish. But, I tried to reserve judgment until I saw it. And sure enough, its premise and the actual show is as offensive as its name.

Why Won't Western Women Date Chinese Men?

Jocelyn Eikenburg | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Jocelyn Eikenburg

When I think about how a racist caricature from Hollywood gets tossed around among expats as a symbol of Chinese men -- and Westerners from around the world harbor consistently negative views of Chinese men -- I realize there's a dark side to this whole discussion.

Yes, I Use Proper Grammar and No, I'm Not White: The Ugly Truth of "Acting White" in NYC

Jordan Houston | Posted 11.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Jordan Houston

I was naïve to the fact that in cities as diverse as Manhattan, distressed communities are continuing to provide minorities with their identities in a colorless way -- allowing the social costs of breaking free to remain high.

The Second Slaying of Michael Brown

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The instant the news broke that 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by a Ferguson, Missouri cop the inevitable happened. Police officials dusted off a well-worn "cover themselves" template.

How Stereotypes Take Shape

Pacific Standard | Tom Jacobs | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

Unfair and offensive as they may be, stereotypes are ubiquitous. Logic tells us it’s ludicrous to label all, or most, members of a particular ethnic...