Articles tagged racism

‘Aquarius’ Complicates Racism in the 1960s and, Maybe, Today

For all its wearying focus on Charles Manson, the show has other, better ideas, including an acknowledgement, via an earnestly outraged NOI member, that black lives might matter.

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On Denaturing Racial Elements in Two ‘50s-era Films

Two fascinating bits of Americana, Black Gold and Face of Fire, are defined by racial themes, yet tackle the subject quite differently.

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Diasporic Memories of a Jewish Family

Strangers in a strange land has been the universal theme of the Jewish story. Roger Cohen's 'A Girl from Human Street' provides an emotional account of his family's diasporic journey.

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Why Are Critics Falling All Over Deepti Kapoor’s ‘A Bad Character’?

Too many reviews of this book universalise Idha’s experience and praise it for providing a window into the Indian woman’s experience. Which women would that be?

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‘Who We Be’ and the Optics of Culture, in Living Colors

Jeff Chang's cultural history tackles how race has played out across the last 50 years, and counting, of American culture.

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‘China Dolls’ Is Elegant, Lively, and for Some, Educational

Lisa See draws the difficulties of friendship among three women, complicated by impending world war and a racist society.

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Tomorrow Never Knows: Race and Anxiety in ‘Mad Men’

Like a smartly crafted advertisement, there is more to Mad Men than meets the eye. Amidst the forbidden affairs, heated pitches, and endlessly flowing libations, race relations have risen to prominence during the show's fifth season.

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What Is the Stereotypical ‘Real American?’

Picture such a creature in your mind and see how it compares to the one in mine: White. Well-fed. Armed. Christian. I’m seeing Boss Hogg in Bermuda shorts, Foghorn Leghorn in a business suit, Britney Spears in a monster truck.

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Not Gonna Lie: ‘The Hunger Games’, Twitter, and Reverse Victimization

Would it matter at all if Katniss Everdeen, a white teenager in the book The Hunger Games, had been portrayed in the film by a suitably teenage and female, black actor? For the young racists who have gone berserk on Twitter about the supporting character Rue being portrayed by an African-American actor, apparently the answer is yes.

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‘Dragon Age: Origins’ and A Few Notes on Class

In games, we always play as middle class. We just occasionally start out in peasant drag.

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26 Apr 2011 // 8:30 AM

The Civil War, the Freedom Rides, and national memory

The 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides is upon us, and it should be quite a contrast to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

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21 May 2010 // 5:01 AM

Starfleet Unitards for Women

Trekkie compilations and more cocoa in Starfleet to confront viewers with the show's embedded sexism.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Racism and science collide in this devastating true story of a young woman, the tissue sample from her body that spawned a million-dollar industry, and the impact on her family.

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This New Year’s Eve Really Did End with a Bang

Nothing like spending New Year's Eve with couple of white guys pretending to be black guys during a war-time year worthy of blowing its own brains out.

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Each one, teach one goes the ole African adage. This gets reflected in many unconventional ways in Heroes.

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16 Oct 2008 // 10:00 PM

Why, Spike, Why?

For all of Spike Lee's status as the eternal Young Turk, he's also a moviemaker who came of age just a few years after the brat pack of Spielberg, Scorsese, de Palma, et al.

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30 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Race Card by Richard Thompson Ford

The Race Card brilliantly forces thinking on practices such as profiling to new levels of candor and complexity.

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State of Grace: How Buddhist Teachings Transformed a Maximum Security Prison in Alabama

In her new documentary, Jenny Phillips frames the daily, shackled grind of prisoners' lives with social injustices, but also investigates what it is like to be a prisoner doing hard time in the South choosing to practice guided Buddhist meditation techniques.

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27 Jun 2007 // 11:54 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney World ejected four of Florida State University’s top football prospects from Downtown Disney last weekend under its anti-gang, no-loitering

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Racism takes many hues: In Brazil, the experience is like looking into a fun-house mirror

RIO DE JANEIRO—An adage comes to mind: “If you’re white, you’re all right. If you’re brown, stick around. If you’re

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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