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What Is Cultural Appropriation and Why Is It...
This review of cultural appropriation offers a definition of the practice, examples of appropriation and quotes about it.
Can You Really Say You're Not Racist?
What is racism, really? Explore the definition of racism. Learn what internalized racism is as well as other forms of racism, such as horizontal racism and reverse racism. Examine examples of racism from the past and the present.
Why The Shock Over Magic Johnson’s Support of...
Now that Magic Johnson’s son EJ has been outed as gay, the Lakers legend has expressed support of him.
How Generalizations Differ from Stereotypes
What is a stereotype? Stereotypes are qualities assigned to groups of people related to their race, nationality and sexual orientation, to name a few. Find out why stereotypes should be avoided.
Five Racial Terms to Avoid
Ever been confused about which racial term to use to describe a certain group? Find out which racial terms are derogatory and why as well as the alternative racial names you can use instead.
What Is a Stereotype?
Meaning of stereotype explained.
Five Myths About Multiracial People in the U.S.
An increasing number of Americans identify as multiracial, but myths about mixed-race people persist. This list aims to break down misconceptions about multiracial identity.
5 Words You Might Not Know Are 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. Page 2.
Does Reverse Racism Exist?
Racism makes news headlines every day. But what about so-called reverse racism? What are some examples of this phenomenon, and what’s the best way to define it? Is reverse racism even real?
What Is Racial Profiling?
Definition of Racial Profiling. Race Relations.
5 Concerns Discussed in America's Affirmative...
The debate over affirmative action has yet to die down. Learn about the pros and cons of affirmative action and the impact it has had on social progress in America.
13 Groundbreaking Films about Interracial...
Harry Belafonte, Natalie Wood, Wesley Snipes and Salma Hayek are some of the stars who have been featured in films about interracial romance. Want to see which other actors made this list of notable movies depicting interracial couples? This catalog of interracial love films spans the decades.
Examples of Subtle Racism and the Problems It...
Everyday racism includes treating people from racial minority groups differently than other groups or ignoring people of color. Learn about this disturbing but common practice.
What Is Race?
Race is arguably the most divisive aspect of Western society. One’s access to quality housing, health care and education varies depending on race. Although we live in a racially stratified society, the concept of race didn’t always exist. So, what is race, what are its origins in America, and why do scientists say they have little use for this concept?
Four Different Forms of Racism
Racism is more complicated than simply one racial group hating and oppressing another group. Institutions may discriminate against racial groups. People with racial prejudices may engage in covert or subtle acts of racism against others. Moreover, people of color who’ve suffered as a result of pervasive white supremacist ideologies may battle internalized racism, or self-hatred related to being part of a minority group.
What Is Racial Prejudice?
Racial prejudice is a term that's used all the time, but what does it mean exactly? How does it intersect with racial stereotyping, racial profiling and institutional racism?
Interracial Relationships: A Rundown of Issues
Fraught with potential tensions, the history of interracial relationship issues in the U.S. is long. Learn how to confront the issues that arise from loving across color lines.
5 Interesting Facts about Native Americans
Because Native Americans are one of the nation’s smallest minority groups, many people aren’t as familiar with them as they are with the country’s larger racial groups. Given the long history indigenous peoples have in the Americas, that’s a shame. The U.S. Census Bureau has culled together a series of interesting trivia about Native Americans—from how many identify as mixed race to the largest Native American tribes and the states home to the greatest numbers of indigenous peoples. With this info, learn more about the history of Native Americans and where they stand today.
What Does Affirmative Action Really Mean?
Definition of affirmative action.
5 Ways to Respond to a Racist Joke
The least funny jokes around aren’t knock-knock jokes but racist ones. So, what’s the best way to respond when someone tells a racist joke? Aim to handle yourself and the joke-teller with integrity.
5 Common Arab Stereotypes in Television and Film
Hollywood has a long history of portraying Middle Eastern people as terrorists, Islamic fundamentalists, misogynists and other negative stereotypes that result in real life Arab Americans facing racial discrimination and other forms of mistreatment.
Zack de la Rocha Biography
This profile of Rage Against the Machine front man Zack de la Rocha chronicles his journey as a racially alienated youth in Orange County to an outspoken anti-racist musician.
The Difference Between Ethnicity and Race
How are race and ethnicity different? This overview uses definitions and examples to distinguish these two concepts.
Five Reasons Not to Call Someone Racist
A number of strategies exist on how to deal with racism, but one way that often proves ineffective is calling someone a racist. Using this label typically backfires because it results in defensiveness and insincere apologies, among other reasons.
Review of Racial Profiling
This review of racial profiling defines what the practice is, the groups it most affects and why profiling is an ineffective law enforcement practice.
The Call For White History Month
Conservatives such as former “SNL” star Victoria Jackson have argued that there should be a White History Month, but in doing so they overlook why cultural heritage months began and that observances for white Americans already exist.
Understanding the History and Goals of the...
Latinos have more political power than ever before. A major voting bloc, both Republicans and Democrats court the Hispanic population. In the Civil Rights era, however, Latinos had to fight to be heard. They voiced their concerns in what is known as the Chicano Movement.
Examples of Institutional Racism in the United...
Institutional racism in the church, medicine and in the legal system, to name a few, has perpetuated discrimination in the United States for generations.
Internalized Racism: What You Probably Didn't...
How are ethnic minorities affected by racism in society? They sometimes turn racism inward, hating their own racial group as a result. This is known as internalized racism.
Biography of Richard Aoki, the Asian-American...
Despite its name, the Black Panther Party accepted members from all racial backgrounds. One of the founding members of the group, Richard Aoki, was a Japanese American. Aoki served as a field marshal in the Panthers, using his experiences in the U.S. Army to help the revolutionary group. His biography reveals how he’s a hero to African and Asian Americans alike.
Four Myths About Black Marriage
African-American women are NOT destined to remain single; the majority of successful black men do NOT marry outside the race. Research that busts the myths.
Stereotypes of Italian Americans in Film And...
This overview explores common Italian-American stereotypes in film and television.
Five Common Black Stereotypes in TV and Film
This analysis of the common ways blacks are typecast in Hollywood reveals why stereotypical roles do a disservice to the African-American community.
Five Common Stereotypes About Africa
Despite growing interest in Africa around the globe, racial stereotypes about it persist. This list of common myths about Africa aims to clear them up.
7 Shocking Events in 20th Century Black History
Black history is filled with a countless amount of important events. But what moments in black history are most shocking? The assassination of a civil rights icon, a boycott that was supposed to last just one day and two race riots made the list.
5 Hollywood Stars That Passed for White
Classic Hollywood icons often downplayed their ethnic makeup because studios demanded it. This led many famous people to engage in the practice known as “passing for white.” Do you know which stars passed for white in film or in their personal lives?
Identifying and Dismantling Race-Based...
Race-based stereotypes and myths pose a huge threat to equality. Racial stereotypes and myths lead to prejudice and hatred, which, in turn, lead to discrimination against entire ethnic groups. The problem is that those who make up racial groups are so unique that no generalization can capture who they are. To deconstruct stereotypes, it’s important to know how they work, which ones are most common and which behaviors contribute to ethnic stereotyping. Racism won’t go away until racial myths do.
Reaction to Julie Chen’s Decision to Have...
Julie Chen’s confession that she underwent double eyelid surgery in the 1990s to appear less Asian and advance her career has sparked controversy
SNL Hires First Black Actress in Years
“Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels announced Monday that the show has hired Sasheer Zamata, the first black female cast member since 2007.
The Origins of Black History Month
With yearly celebrations of Black History Month taking place in the United States for decades, it’s easy to think that such cultural observances have always been a part of American society. In fact, Americans didn’t come together to recognize the contributions of blacks until the early 20th century. Thanks to the efforts of pioneering historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month became a phenomenon observed by Americans of all racial backgrounds.
9 Famous Gay People of Color
When CNN anchor Don Lemon came out as gay, he was applauded for being one of the few high-profile blacks to do so. Lemon’s announcement sparked debate about why other famous gay minorities remain closeted. Yet, the list of famous gay people of color who’ve come out is growing. In addition to black gay and lesbian celebrities, the list includes gay Latino celebrities and famous gay Asian Americans. This compilation includes more than 20 such celebrities.
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 stereotyped African Americans as ignorant buffoons, wearing the dark makeup is extremely controversial. That’s why people who’ve worn blackface in recent years have come under fire, no matter their racial background or intention.
Five Common Latino Stereotypes in Television...
This list of stereotypes about Hispanics in film and television break down why sweeping generalizations about Latinos miss the mark.
5 Big Companies Hit with Racial Discrimination...
Racial discrimination lawsuits filed against high-profile companies such as Walmart, Abercrombie & Fitch and General Electric indicate that racism in the workplace continues to serve as a barrier for people of color.
Five Ways to Handle Disapproval of Your...
What’s the best way to handle disapproval of your interracial relationship? Communication and boundary-setting are key. Above all else, take the steps necessary to protect your relationship in the face of ongoing negativity.
Common Stereotypes of Minorities in Film and...
This overview explores the ways in which racial minority groups, including blacks, Hispanics, Arabs, Asians and Native Americans, are stereotyped in film and television.
4 Choices You Can Make So That Your Mixed-Race...
Mixed-race children face unique challenges, but raising biracial children who are happy and healthy is possible if parents teach them to embrace all facets of their racial makeup, settle in diverse communities and choose schools that celebrate multiculturalism, among other measures.
Interracial Couples on TV Shows in the 20th...
Today interracial couples appear on television shows all the time, but for much of the 20th century seeing individuals from different racial backgrounds marry or become romantically involved on the small screen was a major taboo. This list highlights some of television’s early interracial couples.
Five Common Native American Stereotypes in Film...
This overview of Native American stereotypes in television and film reveals how often the racial group has been labeled as warriors, beautiful maidens, magical medicine men and other characters that influence public perception of American Indians.
How Public Figures Reacted to The George...
A number of public figures released statements after a jury of six women found George Zimmerman not guilty July 13 of murdering unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in gated community in Sanford, Fla. This roundup of reactions to the not guilty verdict mirrors some of the responses the general public had to the trial’s outcome.
The Asian-American Civil Rights Movement
Asian Americans mobilized around political causes in the 1960s and ’70s during the Asian-American Civil Rights Movement. An apology to Japanese American internees, an end to the Vietnam War and ethnic studies programs in colleges were major movement causes. Today, Asian Americans continue to be politically active and recently celebrated the entry of the first Chinese American woman in Congress.
The Origin of Colorism and How It Persists Today
What is colorism? Find out more about skin color discrimination, its origins in and outside of the United States and the impact it has had on black America and other communities of color. There’s a reason why sales of skin-whitening creams continue to soar and why the most prominent people of color tend to have light skin. The answer is colorism.
Definition of Colorism
Colorism is a practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin.
Tragic Mulatto Myth
Definition of tragic mulatto myth.
Interesting Facts about Racial Minority Groups...
Do you know as much about America’s largest minority groups as you think? The information the U.S. Census Bureau has pieced together about African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans, to name a few, shed light on the size of these populations, where they live in the United States as well as their achievements and challenges.
Latinos on the Receiving End of Racial...
Once upon time African Americans were the racial group most closely associated with acts of racial profiling and police brutality. Increasingly, however, Latinos are the group on the receiving end of police brutality, deadly force and other abuses of law enforcement’s power.
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.
Do Your Food Products Have Racist Roots?
Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben are just some of the African American faces that have been used to advertise food over the years.
Four Ways Minority Students Can Cope With...
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.
6 Ways to Encourage Workplace Diversity
Making sure employees from different racial backgrounds feel comfortable at work has several benefits. Not only can encouraging diversity in the workplace enhance team spirit, it can also boost creativity and promote a sense of investment in the company. By following a few simple guidelines, it's fairly easy to create a work setting in which employees of all backgrounds feel valued.
Five Ways to Handle a Racist Relative
If you have racist family members, there are several steps you can take to prevent their behavior from having a negative impact on you, such as setting limits and giving consequences for their behavior.
Kamala Harris Biography
Kamala Harris is the first woman of color Attorney General in California's history. Some have dubbed her “the female Obama.”
MTV and Black Music: A Rocky History
How did MTV shift from arguably shutting African American musicians out in the 1980s to routinely spotlighting their contributions decades later?
The Argument Against Columbus Day
Columbus Day has been official U.S. holiday since 1937, but civil rights activists argue that Christopher Columbus should not be honored. They say that when the Italian explorer made his way to the New World, he treated the indigenous peoples he encountered inhumanely—introducing them to torture, sexual exploitation, colonization and capitalism.
Five Common Asian-American Stereotypes in TV...
This list examines five common stereotypes about Asian Americans featured in television and film, including the dragon lady, the geek, the prostitute, the foreigner and the martial artist.
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.
U.S. Government's Role in Sterilizing Women of...
In the 20th century, women of color—blacks, Puerto Ricans and Native Americans—were targeted for sterilization by the U.S. government. This overview provides details on what happened.
Five Reasons Not to Date Interracially
Interracial dating now has more support than ever among the American public, so much so that some people prefer dating interracially to dating within their own race. Unfortunately, some people pursue interracial relationships for the wrong reasons—to acquire status, cure an inferiority complex or because everyone else seems to be doing it. Find out the wrong reasons to date interracially with this list of tips and advice.
Thanksgiving: A Day of Celebration or Mourning...
For many Americans, Thanksgiving means family, food and football. For others, particularly Native Americans, the day is one of mourning. So, should Thanksgiving be celebrated? Is it possible to have a Thanksgiving celebration that does not romanticize interactions between Pilgrims and American Indians?
Discrimination During a Job Interview
You think you’ve been a victim of racial discrimination during a job interview, but you’re not sure. Learn about the questions interviewers may ask that violate your civil rights and how to take action against a discriminatory employer.
Racist Bullying in School
Bullies pick on classmates from everything to the grades they get to the way they dress, but what happens when race enters the picture? Discover which steps to take to end racist bullying in school.
Discrimination and the Irish American Experience
When the Irish arrived in the United States they faced racial stereotypes and discrimination, largely because of how the English had treated them in the Old World. They managed to overcome bias by distancing themselves from other racial minorities rather than aligning with them.
Definition of Passing
Definition of passing for white.
Ending Racial Segregation in the American...
Both leaders and members of religious institutions can help to make their church diverse. 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.
Five Network Television Shows Starring Black...
Only a handful of major television networks have featuring African American women in starring roles. This roundup highlights the handful of network TV shows that have aired starring black women, including “Scandal” and “Julia.”
Four Ways Racism Continues to Influence Modern...
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.
Dressing Up As Someone From a Different Race...
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.
Interesting Facts About the Hispanic American...
Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the United States. Facts the U.S. Census Bureau has compiled about the Hispanic population reveal the strides Latinos have made in areas such as business and the areas of the country where Latinos live in large numbers.
Reaction to The Death of James Shigeta
Reaction to the death of Japanese-American star James Shigeta.
Cultural Appropriation in Music: From Madonna...
This overview examines celebrities who have been accused of cultural appropriation because of their behavior, style of dress, music videos and more.
Ricci v. DeStefano: A Case of Reverse...
A group of white firefighters alleged that the city of New Haven, Conn., discriminated against them when it threw out a test that white firefighters passed at a 50% greater rate than blacks. Performance on the test was the basis for promotion. By discarding the test, the city prevented the white firefighters eligible for promotion from advancing to captain and lieutenant rank. Does this case, known as Ricci v. DeStefano, constitute reverse discrimination?
How to Be an Anti-Racism Activist
America has a long line of anti-racist activists. Follow the lead of the country’s trailblazers in race relations by learning how to take part in protests, letter-writing campaigns and media interviews. Learn the importance of anti-racist activism.
Five Interesting Facts About Slavery
Learn the key facts about the United States’ involvement in the slave trade with this overview that details when the slave trade began, how many slaves were brought to the New World and when the county outlawed the importation of slaves, among other issues.
Five Things Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm...
People often highlight the differences between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., but the men share much in common as well. This highlights where the men overlap.
Five Famous Native American and First Nations...
In the early days of Hollywood, Native American actors were relegated to stereotypical roles in Cowboys and Indians flicks. Although Hollywood still has much progress to make in how it represents American Indians, talented Native American and First Nations actors from the U.S. and Canada have been leaving their mark on the film industry by playing a range of roles—from the dramatic to the comedic. Learn more about the roles that have made these Native American celebrities famous.
Top American Indian Writers
With works ranging from the irreverent to the heartbreaking, Native American writers such as Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich and Leslie Marmon Silko have painted a three-dimensional portrait of American Indians that challenges stereotypes and pervasive misperceptions about indigenous peoples. This list of top American Indian poets, novelists and short story writers highlights the best books of verse and fiction by Native American writers and the good this literature has done for U.S. culture and society.
World War II’s Impact on Race Relations
World War II had a tremendous impact on race relations in the United States.
Avoid Hiring Discrimination
Job discrimination based on race is alive and well, but is it possible to avoid it while searching for work? Fortunately, yes. Learn which strategies to use to avoid hiring discrimination. Don’t be a victim.
Five Interesting Facts About African Americans
In honor of Black History Month, the U.S. Census Bureau has highlighted statistics about the African American demographic that may change one’s views of the black population. The census information points out that black businesses are booming, blacks exercise their right to vote in large numbers and are attending college in record numbers.
7 Great Films About the Civil Rights Movement
This overview of civil rights movies from the late 1980s on illustrates which films in the genre offer a balanced perspective of the movement and which films fall short.
Celebrities Who’ve Sparked Controversy by...
A number of celebrities have sparked controversy for saying the dreadful N-word in recent years. Find out which notable people made this dubious list. The stars included are actors, musicians and reality stars, to name a few. What’s more, they come from a range of racial backgrounds. Can you name any of the celebrities in question?
Types of Racial Bias and Discrimination
Racial bias and discrimination come in many forms, including racism, racial profiling, racial stereotypes and racial prejudice. Learn more about these types of bigotry with this overview.
Five Famous Slave Revolts
Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey and Gabriel Prosser are among the African Americans who planned the most famous slave rebellions in North America.
Remembering The No-No Boys
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to place more than 110,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II without warrant remains one of the most shameful periods in U.S. history. Angered that the federal government had violated their civil rights, some Japanese-American men refused to serve in the U.S. military when they received draft notices. They were known as No-No Boys and endured prison time for refusing to enlist in the military as well as scorn from Japanese Americans who disapproved of their decision.
Definition of Jim Crow
Definition of Jim Crow. Race Relations.
Halloween Don’ts: Avoid Racially...
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. Page 2.
A Brief History of South African Apartheid
Learn more about apartheid in South Africa with this brief history of the racially stratified social system.
Five Common Myths About Interracial Couples
Interracial marriage may be increasingly common in the United States, but a number of myths about interracial relationships remain. This list examines the assumptions society makes about interracial couples.
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?
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.
Five Bad Excuses People Give When Called Racist
No one wants to be called a racist but sometimes people who’ve been unquestionably racially insensitive protest the label by trotting out hackneyed excuses such as “some of my best friends are black.” This list explains why the excuses people commonly use to defend themselves against racism accusations don’t hold up.
Which Ethnic Groups Benefit From Affirmative...
Affirmative action and minorities are often linked, but are the ethnic groups who need it most reaping its benefits in college admissions? A look at how affirmative action plays out among Asian-American and African-American students suggests maybe not.
Is Interracial Marriage Still Taboo?
The New York Times featured a panel discussion in which participants from law professor Kevin Noble Maillard to actress and author Diane Farr discussed whether interracial marriage is still scandalous.
Gay Celebrities in Interracial Marriages and...
Gay couples are more likely to be involved in interracial relationships than their heterosexual counterparts, including celebrities such as Mario Cantone and Robin Roberts.
Five Key Figures in African-American History...
When black history month rolls around each year, many focus on the accomplishments of black activists and inventors. However, black poets, politicians and war heroes are among the historical figures who’ve left indelible marks on U.S. society for hundreds of years now. Learn more about their contributions to American culture
How to Celebrate and Understand Kwanzaa
Just what is Kwanzaa? One of the newer American holidays, Kwanzaa originated in the turbulent 1960s to instill racial pride and unity in the black community. Now, fully recognized in mainstream America and elsewhere, Kwanzaa is widely celebrated.
Holidays of Interest to African Americans
While most Americans are familiar with holidays such as Kwanzaa and Martin Luther King Day, other holidays of particular interest to African Americans remain off the radar of mainstream America. This overview highlights holidays such as Juneteenth and Loving Day and provides history and background information on the “black” holidays with which Americans are already familiar.
Music, Race and Cultural Appropriation
This overview examines the ways that racism and music have intersected over the years—from MTV shutting out black artists in its early years to pop stars today appropriating the cultures of racial minorities.
Tips on Developing Racial Sensitivity
Never has it been more crucial to counter racist behavior by distinguishing politically correct terms from racist terms.
Definition of Oreo
Definition of the racial slur Oreo.
Four Bad Reasons People Give for Using the N-Word
Many people continue to use the N-word, despite the slur’s ugly racial history. Find out the most common reasons N-word users give for saying the epithet and why their excuses don’t hold up.
Profile of Astronaut Jose Hernandez
This bio of NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez chronicles how the child of Mexican migrant workers realized his dream of traveling to space.
Cliven Bundy Unsuccessfully Tries to Backtrack...
Cliven Bundy’s comments continue to spark controversy after the New York Times reported on Wednesday that he wondered if blacks wouldn’t be better off as slaves.
Three Questions Not to Ask Mixed-Race People...
Multiracial families may be growing rapidly in the U.S., but they still face racism and other challenges. Strangers ask rude questions about family members or simply stare in disbelief that people with different skin colors and other physical characteristics could be related. Rather than alienate multiracial families, practice racial sensitivity to treat them with the dignity that they deserve.
An Overview of Top Civil Rights Leaders
This roundup highlights the achievements of civil rights leaders and African-American interest leaders such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Whitney Young and Ella Baker.
The Real George Zimmerman
Information from his family and friends, previous run-ins with the law and general facts about his life paint a ragtag biography of George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who killed Trayvon Martin, setting off a national debate about race and violence.
5 Famous Arab-American Actors: From Omar Sharif...
Arab-American actors such as Omar Sharif and Marlo Thomas have long made their mark on the world of film and television. Learn more about the ethnic backgrounds and achievements of famous Arab-American actors with this list.
How Parents Can Fight Colorism in Their Child's...
Parents can protect their children against the effects of colorism by not repeating harmful messages about skin color, praising people based on their complexion alone and more.
Key Events in Affirmative Action's History
Today affirmative action is talked about so much, it seems like the practice has always been around. Actually, race-based preferences arose after hard-fought battles waged by civil rights leaders and acted on by U.S. presidents. Learn which events were the most noteworthy in affirmative action’s history.
Managing Racism
This list of tips features strategies one can use to reduce the chances of being victimized by racism.
Celebrity Interracial Couples: From The Early...
Learn more about famous interracial couples, gay and straight. Learn about longtime mixed couples and those who married when Jim Crow reigned.
The Impact of Colorism
Colorism has a far-reaching impact both in and outside of communities of color. Learn more about the effects of skin color bias with this overview.
Facts, Quotes and Film Reviews About "Belle"
A roundup of excerpts from film reviews about “Belle” as well as quotes from its star, director and screenwriter and a profile of the film’s inspiration, Dido Elizabeth Belle.
The Freedom Riders Movement
In 1961, a coalition of black and white civil rights activist embarked on a dangerous journey from Washington D.C. to the Deep South to protest segregation on interstate bus lines. They endured beatings from white supremacist mobs as well as arson attempts, but through their efforts, Jim Crow on interstate bus and rail lines was finally struck down.
Shopping While Black: How to Detect This...
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5 Memorable Malcolm X Quotes
This overview highlights quotes from Malcolm X that demonstrate why he emerged as one of the most significant and controversial figures in black history.
Talking to Kids About Race
Talking to kids about race doesn’t come easy for most parents, but it’s a subject not to be avoided. That’s because children will form ideas about race whether parents raise the issue or not. Learn to inform children about this complex issue by exposing them to cultural celebrations, museums and more. Doing so will not only make kids more knowledgeable about race but also builds their character.
New TV Sitcom “Fresh Off The Boat” Sparks...
New sitcom “Fresh Off The Boat” has sparked controversy because its name has long been used as a racial putdown against Asian immigrants to the U.S.
Reviews of Extant, Starring Halle Berry
Excerpts from reviews of CBS’ “Extant,” starring Halle Berry as lead.
The Case Against Racial Profiling
After 9-11, racial profiling garnered much support. Opponents of racial profiling, however, say the practice is ineffective and actually hinders legal investigations. So, what alternatives exist? Moreover, what can you do if you’re racially profiled?
Quotes About The Myth of Reverse Racism
The perception that whites are more victimized by racism than people of color are has spread in recent years, but a number of people in the spotlight—from activists to entertainers to writers—argue that reverse racism is really just a myth. This overview highlights what prominent people have had to say on the subject.
Celebrities Bullied as Children Because of Race
A number of celebrities from ethnic minority backgrounds have recalled that they were bullied as children because of their heritage. Jessica Alba, Chris Rock and Steven Spielberg are some of the stars who’ve come forward as victims of bullying in childhood.
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.
Famous Blacks Who’ve Spoken Out Against...
Many whites wonder why they can’t say the N-word if black people can. However, a number of blacks object to usage of the N-word and consider it offensive coming out of a black person’s mouth or a white person’s. Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby are among the blacks who’ve spoken out against the N-word.
Interracial Couples: Kelly Ripa & Mark...
A number of the most famous celebrities in Hollywood are involved in interracial marriages. This list takes a look at 10 stars involved in mixed-race relationships.
Activists Demand Obama Act on Immigration
A group of immigrants and immigrant advocates assembled in Phoenix where they called on President Obama to produce immigration reform.
Plastic Surgery Procedures Common Among...
Members of minority groups in the United States have long felt the pressure to live up to white standards of beauty. Accordingly, minorities have often elected to have cosmetic procedures that allow them to better conform such standards.
Top 10 Events in Race Relations This Decade...
The first decade of the new millennium saw extraordinary strides in race relations. New ground was broken in film, television and politics, to name a few. This timeline provides a look at the key events in race relations between 2000 and 2009, including Obama’s historic rise to the presidency in what some have called “post-racial America.”
Interracial Couples of Color
Today, intermarriage between members of ethnic minority groups thrives in places such as California, Florida and New York. Find out the unique challenges that interracial couples of color face and why such unions aren’t yet widely represented in popular culture.
How to Handle Racial Issues With Family Members
You may know your family members better than anyone else on the planet, but that doesn’t make it any easier to discuss controversial topics, such as race relations, with them. This guide provides some practical ways of addressing the thorny issue of race with relatives—whether you’re a parent who needs to give your child the race talk or someone who simply wants to confront your family members’ racist attitudes.
Income Inequality Among Minority Workers
A number of studies indicate that even when whites and minorities work in the same fields, the latter earns less.
How Minority Groups Helped Obama Win Second Term
Asian Americans, Latinos and blacks helped President Barack Obama usher in a second term as president. This overview breaks down the amount of minorities who vouched for Obama at the ballot booth and the policies that led them to support the president in 2012.
Race, Racism and U.S. Health Care
This overview highlights how medical racism leads today’s doctors to give patients of color fewer treatment options than white patients and how in the past, medical racism led to the compulsory sterilization of women of color and to minorities being used as guinea pigs for medical research.
How Four Christian Denominations in the U.S....
Many Christian denominations have publicly apologized for supporting racial injustice in the past. The Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church and the Southern Baptist Convention are among those denominations that have asked forgiveness for perpetuating racial discrimination.
Holiday Celebrations for Multicultural Families
Compromise is all it takes for multicultural families to celebrate the holidays in a way that reflects the diversity each member brings to the table.
Dealing With Racism
What is racism, and how should it be addressed? Learn to define racism and pinpoint ways to fight against it.
The Real Trayvon Martin: Facts About the Slain...
Trayvon Martin faced a smear campaign by killer George Zimmerman and his defense team as well as by right-wing extremists in the months after his death. The slain teen’s family and friends have tried to set the record straight about his life by providing the media with info to piece together a bio of Trayvon that goes beyond the stereotypes that have been imposed on him.
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.
Do We Still Need a Black History Month?...
In today’s society, blacks are widely represented in U.S. society. So, is Black History Month still relevant, or worse yet, is it racist? The benefits and drawbacks to celebrating black history may be more complex than you think. Page 2.
Dido Elizabeth Belle Biography
A biography of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race aristocrat who inspired the Fox Searchlight film Belle.
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