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This review of cultural appropriation offers a definition of the practice, examples of appropriation and quotes about it.
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.
This overview examines celebrities who have been accused of cultural appropriation because of their behavior, style of dress, music videos and more.
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 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.
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.
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.
This analysis of the common ways blacks are typecast in Hollywood reveals why stereotypical roles do a disservice to the African-American community.
Passing for white was once commonplace in Hollywood. This list names five classic actors who engaged in the practice on screen, off screen or both.
Learn more about cultural appropriation with this roundup of noteworthy books, blogs and websites about the persistent phenomenon.
This list of stereotypes about Hispanics in film and television break down why sweeping generalizations about Latinos miss the mark.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Institutional racism in the church, medicine and in the legal system, to name a few, has perpetuated discrimination in the United States for generations.
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.
Meaning of stereotype explained.
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 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.
How are race and ethnicity different? This overview uses definitions and examples to distinguish these two concepts.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorism is a practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Arab American Heritage Month celebrates the contributions people of Middle Eastern descent have made to the U.S. and their history in the nation.
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.
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.
This overview explores the ways in which racial minority groups, including blacks, Hispanics, Arabs, Asians and Native Americans, are stereotyped in film and television.
This overview about Latinos and immigration breaks down common stereotypes the public has about Hispanic Americans, including that they are all recent immigrants, they all speak Spanish and that all undocumented immigrants are Mexicans.
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.
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.
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.
This overview provides facts and background about a variety of cultural heritage months, including Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month.
This profile highlights the life and accomplishments of historian Carter G. Woodson.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Definition of affirmative action.
The effects of racial discrimination on minority groups run the gamut—from poor self-image to depression to suicide. This overview examines how racism can lead to depression and what measures communities of color can counter this phenomenon.
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.
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.
How did MTV shift from arguably shutting African American musicians out in the 1980s to routinely spotlighting their contributions decades later?
Several actors, from Julie Delpy to George Clooney, shared their thoughts on the 2016 Oscars boycott. By doing so, some sparked scandals of their own.
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.
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.
Get the facts about the Asian American population with this summary of interesting data culled from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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.
This overview highlights the facts of civil rights legend Rosa Parks’ life.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Supporting diversity and minority colleagues in the workplace can enhance team spirit, boost creativity and a sense of investment in the company.
Get the facts about slavery in the U.S., including when the slave trade began and how many slaves were brought to the New World, with this list.
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.
Celebrate Irish American Heritage Month, held in March, by getting acquainted with interesting facts and figures about the Irish American population.
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.
Avoid making a racial gaffe this Halloween by following these tips about dressing up as someone from a different race for the occasion.
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.
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.
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.
Spot cultural appropriation and explore alternatives to it via this review of appropriation in pop culture and the books and blogs that expose it.
Public figures such as Mayor Karen Weaver and filmmaker Michael Moore say that environmental racism played a role in the Flint, Mich., water crisis.
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.
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.
This profile highlights the key moments in the life of Betty Shabazz. Discover what her life was like before and after marriage to Malcolm X.
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 Gypsies to Aunt Jemima. Lastly, an enormous amount of confusion surrounds the Kwanzaa holiday. Is it just for black people? Do all blacks celebrate it? Demythologize this holiday by learning more about its focus and the communities it targets.
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.
Facts the census has compiled about the Hispanic community reveal the strides Latinos have made in various areas and their makeup of the population.
America has a long history of anti-racist activists. Fight injustice by partaking in protests, letter-writing campaigns and more.
Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben are just some of the African American faces that have been used to advertise food over the years.
After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor,the U.S. ordered some 110,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps.Three refused.Their cases went to the Supreme Court
Learn the intimate details of Martin Luther King's life with this roundup of seven interesting facts about the civil rights leader.
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.
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.
Columbus Day has been a U.S. holiday since 1937, but opponents say Christopher Columbus shouldn't be honored due to his treatment of Native Americans.
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.
Juneteenth celebrations mark the day when all U.S. slaves received their freedom. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth with this review.
Definition of Racial Profiling. Race Relations.
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.
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.
Each November the U.S. government celebrates Native American Heritage Month with a series of events and activities. With this biography, learn more about the history and background of Native American Heritage Month and useful info to have while taking part in the observance. Native American Heritage Month is a time to reflect on the contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives, the challenges they have overcome and continue to face.
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?
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.
Learn more about apartheid in South Africa with this brief history of the racially stratified social system.
By consulting diversity experts, encouraging team building and setting ground rules, you can hold diversity workshops that pay off.
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.
Research has shown that racism not only leads to depression in children but also to behavior problems and the inclination to drop out of school.
Oprah Winfrey and Cornel West are among the blacks who’ve spoken out against the N-word, countering the idea that all blacks support use of the slur.
How have affirmative action bans in California, Texas and Florida affected college admissions in those states? Learn how affirmative action has affected diversity in public universities.
A list of interesting facts about poet and writer Maya Angelou.
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.
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.
Definition of Jim Crow. Race Relations.
Definition of tragic mulatto myth.
Cesar Chavez changed life for laborers of all ethnic backgrounds with his use of passive resistance to unionize farm workers. Chavez Day is held in a number of states to honor his contributions. This overview provides a history of the holiday, how and where it’s celebrated and the push for a federal observance.
This review of Italian-American stereotypes in film and television shows how little the American image of the Italian has changed in popular culture.
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.
This profile of Frederick Douglass highlights the key events in the abolitionist’s life.
Definition of passing for white.
The series of speeches the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave throughout his life reveal much about his political views, activist strategies and perspectives on morality and international relations. These excerpts from various King speeches paint a broader picture of who King was.
This profile of Malcolm X highlights interesting facts and key moments in the activist’s life.
World War II had a tremendous impact on race relations in the United States.
Definition of Institutional Racism
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?
Latino politicians are rising in both the Republican and Democratic parties. Most notably New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and former Texas Solicitor Ted Cruz have garnered national media attention.
Learn more about the No-No Boys, the Japanese American men who reacted to internment by refusing to swear loyalty to the U.S. and join the military.
Notable 2015 deaths include prominent blacks and other people of color who broke ground in entertainment, science, media and civil rights.
Because Americans from different ethnic groups still have much to learn about each other, the workplace is often the site of racially offensive behavior. Sometimes colleagues unintentionally make racial gaffes, and other times racial prejudice is to blame for bad behavior at work. Whatever the culprit, it’s in every employee’s interest to avoid culturally inappropriate behaviors in the workplace.
This review of racial profiling defines what the practice is, the groups it most affects and why profiling is an ineffective law enforcement practice.
This biography of NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez chronicles how the child of Mexican migrant workers realized his dream of traveling to space.
This overview details two examples of U.S. government sponsored medical racism: The Tuskegee and Guatemala Syphilis Studies.
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.
Discover the key figures, groups and events that made the civil rights movement succeed. Also learn the role Asians and Latinos played.
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.
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.
Learn about the history of civil rights group the Congress of Racial Equality with this profile of the influential organization and its legacy today.
A variety of celebrities dated and married interracially long before the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban on interracial marriage in 1967. They include singers, socialites, actors, athletes and writers.
This list of comments from stars in interracial relationships shows how the relationships remain taboo and how mixed couples can counter opposition.
With this biography of the Tuskegee Airmen, learn how they became World War II war heroes and the struggles they endured in a segregated military.
Black music. White music. These terms seem outdated, but for years the segregation in music was a real problem. This made it all the more remarkable when black musicians and white musicians collaborated on projects together. Discover 10 of the most notable interracial musical collaborations to take place from the 1980s to the present.
Racism doesn’t just hurt people of color but negatively affects families, couples and society generally. The five examples in this list show how.
Definition of the racial slur Oreo.
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.
Pope Francis has commented several times about racism, xenophobia and immigration. Find out where the pontiff stands on creating an inclusive society.
Hollywood has no shortage of interracial couples. This list looks at 10 celebrities involved in long-term mixed-race relationships.
Each year tens of thousands of black and Latino New Yorkers are stopped and frisked by police. While city officials says the stop and frisk program has cut down on crime, civil liberties advocates say it constitutes racial profiling.
This overview highlights quotes from Malcolm X that demonstrate why he emerged as one of the most significant and controversial figures in black 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.
Many argue that it’s never okay to say the N-word, but situations arise when using the slur may be appropriate, such as when journalists report on it.
Racist jokes and racist behaviors can spell trouble at home or at work. Practice racial sensitivity by avoiding offensive terms and behaviors.
Film industry insiders such as Ava DuVernay and Cheryl Boone Isaacs discuss whether the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences needs to become more diverse.
Learn more about the Native American actors who've left their mark on Hollywood with this list of actors ranging from Russell Means to Adam Beach.
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This overview of National Hispanic Heritage Month explains the origins and purpose of the cultural observance as well as the events held to commemorate it.
Get acquainted with Misty Copeland with this list of 10 interesting facts about the life and career of the prima ballerina.
Definition of the racial slur whitewashed.
Some Native Americans consider Thanksgiving to be a day to mourn. So, should the holiday be celebrated? Explore the pros and cons with this overview.
A roundup of quotes from Maya Angelou interviews.
Does reverse racism exist? These quotes from writers, activists and entertainers show why many believe reverse discrimination is just a myth.
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.