Articles tagged racism

‘No Más Bebés’: Sterilized Without Consent

As the struggle for reproductive rights continues, we might look back on history in order to understand the consequences of denying women sovereignty over their own bodies.

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20 Jan 2016 // 11:19 AM

Oscars Aren’t the Diversity Problem—Moviemaking Is

"It’s a complete embarrassment to say that the heights of cinematic achievement have only been reached by white people. I repeat — it’s embarrassing."

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15 Jan 2016 // 9:40 AM

Film Industry Faces New Round of Questions As Another All-White Lineup Causes Outcry

It’s another embarrassing Hollywood sequel: For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated an all-white group of acting nominees.

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16 Dec 2015 // 2:29 AM

James Baldwin Matters

There's a reason why Ta-Nehesi Coates is often compared to James Baldwin, and there's a reason why Baldwin's work is so relevant in the age of Black Lives Matter.

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War Is a Beast in ‘Monstress #1’

Marjorie Liu's new comic deals with monsters in all their forms.

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How Did Four Young Black Boys Become Hollywood Stars During the Height of Jim Crow?

By foregrounding the stories of the black stars of the Our Gang comedies, Julia Lee uncovers how black America’s attitude towards its representation by Hollywood evolved.

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Winning (and Losing) the West: ‘Red Wolf #1’

The Old West gives Marvel a new hero and a fresh shot of diversity.

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Slavoj Zizek and Black America: Zizek Visits the ‘Tavis Smiley Show’

When you make jokes about black culture, the wrong people laugh at the wrong times for the wrong reasons. Slavoj Zizek tells Tavis Smiley why... sort of.

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Songs About the Southland: Marvel’s Black Panther vs. the Klan

It was a hot Southern summer when the Black Panther came down South to do battle with the Klan.

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In ‘Go Set a Watchman’, Racism Is Resilient and Seductive

In Harper Lee’s dry run for To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s somehow less shocking that Atticus Finch is a racist but that his once-forceful daughter Scout is so powerless against him.

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The Nuclear Family Explodes in ‘Mislaid’

Nell Zink's characters represent and confront most of the "-isms" and phobias related to the “Other” that still plague not only the USA, but the entire world.

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‘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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