Avoiding Racist Language
Language can benefit race relations or worsen them. Knowing which terms to avoid and which questions to avoid asking people of color can help foster cross-cultural relationships.
Five Terms You Might Not Know Are Considered Racist
The United States is known for its slang, but some expressions Americans use casually are considered racially offensive. If you want to avoid inadvertently hurting someone with your language, use this list to learn which terms to retire from your vocabulary.
Controversies and Debate Sparked By The N-Word
In recent years, the N-word has resulted in a series of controversies and debates on the public stage. Rappers who use the N-word in their songs defend its use and describe the epithet as a term of endearment. Others in the public eye say that they will forever regard the N-word as a racial slur.
Diversity Workshops: Do's and Don'ts
By consulting diversity experts, encouraging team building and setting ground rules, you can hold diversity workshops that pay off.
Tips on Developing Racial Sensitivity
Political correctness gets a bad rap. Both liberals and conservatives knock this form of decorum, labeling its proponents disingenuous. But in a society where people of diverse backgrounds often interact, racial sensitivity is key. Never has it been more crucial to counter racist behavior by distinguishing politically correct terms from racist...
Six Questions to Avoid Asking People of Color
People of color complain that they're often asked questions based on stereotypes and racist assumptions. Here are six questions not to ask members of racial minority groups.
The College Experience For Students of Color
Students of color can make the transition from home to college easier by examining how diverse a college’s student body is and choosing to live in a multicultural residence hall, among other steps.
Five Tips to Help Minority Students Choose the Right College
Students of color face challenges in higher education that others don’t, but one way they can offset these challenges is by choosing colleges in which they don’t feel alienated. Minority students are more likely to feel that they belong if they attend colleges with diverse student bodies in diverse areas.
The Return of Blackface
Blackface first became popular during the minstrel shows of the 1830s, but in the new millennium it appears to be more popular than ever. The list of people wearing blackface today includes fashion models, entertainers and college students who don dark face paint during magazine spreads and costume parties. Because blackface historically...
Racial Controversies and Scandals
With one slip of the tongue, a racial controversy can start. Just ask the celebrities caught saying the N-word. Racial scandals aren’t always verbal. There are also race-based political controversies, such as the birthers who claim President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. because he's Kenyan. For decades, some famous people denied their racial...
Dressing Up As Someone From a Different Race for Halloween
It's become increasingly popular for people to dress up as someone from a different race for Halloween. Halloween observers can avoid common racial gaffes by following tips such as not wearing blackface, Afro wigs and other items that may be regarded as racist.
Halloween Don’ts: Avoid Racially Offensive Costumes
Still deciding what to be for Halloween? If you’re thinking about dressing up as an Indian, a Gypsy or a Geisha, you might want to reconsider. Avoid racially offensive Halloween costumes.
Four Ways Racism Continues to Influence Modern Medicine
Racial bias in medicine was pervasive in the 20th century, but it hasn’t been wiped out in contemporary America. This overview illustrates how racism continues to influence the medical arena.
Native American Influences in Fashion
The high fashion world has embraced Native American styles like never before—featuring moccasins, mukluks, fringe bags and feather earrings in runway collections. But is couture paying tribute to indigenous communities or simply ripping them off in a callous form of cultural appropriation?
Race, Racism and the Holidays
A variety of U.S. holidays are regarded as racist or racially insensitive. Do holidays such as Columbus Day or Thanksgiving celebrate the conquest of Native Americans? Some activists argue so. What about Halloween? Observers of that holiday are increasingly accused of fueling stereotypes when they dress up as people of color from geishas to...
Ending Racial Segregation in the American Church by Promoting…
Both leaders and members of religious institutions can help to make their church interracial. Everything from where a church serves to what kind of music it features during worship can influence its racial makeup. End racial segregation in church by making diversity a priority.
Four Ways Minority Students Can Cope With Racism on College Campuses
Life on a predominantly white college campus will likely prove challenging for minority students, but there are ways for them to thrive at universities where racism is an issue.
Seven Notorious Racist College Parties
In recent years, U.S. colleges and universities have experienced a surge in student parties with racist themes. This overview lists the most notorious racist college parties.
Five Reasons Why Anti-Muslim Intolerance Makes No Sense
With mosque attacks in California, Wisconsin and Tennessee and the heated controversy over the Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York, islamophobia is now running rampant in the United States. But religious intolerance is counterproductive to its proponents and victims, alike.
Black American Cuisine With West African Roots
African-American cuisine is not limited to fried chicken, as the racial stereotype about the group suggests. Celebrate Black History Month by indulging in the foods that blacks eat today that have roots in West Africa, such as yams and okra.
Black Websites Reveal Ordinary African Americans Oppose the N-Word
A wide perception exists that African Americans are okay with the N-word as long as whites don’t say it. But when white actress Gwyneth Paltrow sparked controversy by tweeting the N-word, many blacks took to websites to say they didn’t condone Paltrow using the N-word or the rappers who defended her for saying it. In their opinion, the N-word...
Four Myths About Latinos and Immigration
This overview about Latinos and immigration breaks down common stereotypes the public has about Hispanic Americans, including that they’re all recent immigrants, they all speak Spanish and that all undocumented immigrants are Mexicans.
Five Ways to Prevent Racist College Parties From Spreading
An outbreak of racist college parties in the 21st century has led to more discussion about how to discourage students from participating in such events. Five tips for preventing college parties include disciplining students who participate in the events and discussing such parties during orientation week.
Facts About the Four Majority Minority States
Four U.S. States: California, New Mexico and Hawaii have been dubbed majority minority states because people of color in those states outnumber the white population. This profile highlights statistics that make these states unique.
Facts About Famous Arab Americans and the U.S. Arab Population
Learn more about the Arab population in the United States with this roundup of information about Arab American Heritage Month and famous Arab Americans in film, television, pop music and politics.