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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.
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.
This review of cultural appropriation offers a definition of the practice, examples of appropriation and quotes about it.
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.
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.
This analysis of the common ways blacks are typecast in Hollywood reveals why stereotypical roles do a disservice to the African-American community.
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.
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.
Meaning of stereotype explained.
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?
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.
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?
This list of stereotypes about Hispanics in film and television break down why sweeping generalizations about Latinos miss the mark.
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.
Institutional racism in the church, medicine and in the legal system, to name a few, has perpetuated discrimination in the United States for generations.
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.
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 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 are race and ethnicity different? This overview uses definitions and examples to distinguish these two concepts.
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.
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.
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.
This overview explores the ways in which racial minority groups, including blacks, Hispanics, Arabs, Asians and Native Americans, are stereotyped in film and television.
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.
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.
Definition of affirmative action.
This overview examines celebrities who have been accused of cultural appropriation because of their behavior, style of dress, music videos and more.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
This overview of the Asian-American population spotlights 2010 census data to illuminate the advances this minority group has made, challenges it faces and downright interesting facts about Asian Americans.
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.
Learn more about cultural appropriation with this roundup of noteworthy books, blogs and websites about the persistent phenomenon.
Arab American Heritage Month celebrates the contributions people of Middle Eastern descent have made to the U.S. and their history in the nation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of Racial Profiling. Race Relations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of Institutional Racism
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This bio of NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez chronicles how the child of Mexican migrant workers realized his dream of traveling to space.
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.
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.
Racism doesn’t just hurt people of color but negatively affects families, couples and society generally. The five examples in this list show how.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month by reflecting on the contributions of Polish Americans to the United States as well as on the history of Polish-American immigrants.
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.
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.
This overview explores common Italian-American stereotypes in film and television.
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.
This review of racial profiling defines what the practice is, the groups it most affects and why profiling is an ineffective law enforcement practice.
Definition of tragic mulatto myth.
Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben are just some of the African American faces that have been used to advertise food over the years.
Learn more about apartheid in South Africa with this brief history of the racially stratified social system.
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.
How did MTV shift from arguably shutting African American musicians out in the 1980s to routinely spotlighting their contributions decades later?
America has a long history of anti-racist activists. Fight injustice by partaking in protests, letter-writing campaigns and more.
The United States celebrates Irish American History Month in March. It's a month that's yet to enjoy the recognition of the much more popular St. Patrick's Day. Celebrate Irish American Heritage Month by becoming more acquainted with the Irish American population.
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.
By consulting diversity experts, encouraging team building and setting ground rules, you can hold diversity workshops that pay off.
Definition of passing for white.
Jimmy Carter’s civil rights record as a Georgia lawmaker and as president endeared him to blacks and other minority groups.
Many African Americans have named their children unique names since the 1960s on, but studies have shown that blacks with “ethnic names” have faced racial discrimination from employers and others.
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.
What is xenophobia? This definition supported by both contemporary and historical examples explains this phenomenon's roots in the U.S.
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.
When the Tuskegee Airmen emerged as war heroes during World War II, the military was racially segregated and many doubted that African Americans could carry out complex missions. The Airmen changed that perception with their heroic feats in the sky.
World War II had a tremendous impact on race relations in the United States.
Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey and Gabriel Prosser are among the African Americans who planned the most famous slave rebellions in North America.
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.
A multicultural lost of civil rights activists, including Cesar Chavez, Fred Korematsu, Dolores Huerta and Martin Luther King.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Boost your knowledge of Cesar Chavez with this list of quick facts about his life.
Never has it been more crucial to counter racist behavior by distinguishing politically correct terms from racist terms.
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.
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.
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.
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A biography of the late anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, who became a martyr of the black consciousness movement after his death in police custody.
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.
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.
Hispanic voters surfaced as one of the most coveted blocs in the 2012 presidential election. This overview sheds light on the major characteristics of this voting demographic. What do Hispanic voters care about and which political party do they feel best represents their concerns?
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.
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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.
Many people would argue that it’s never okay to use the N-word, but there are a few times when uttering racial slur may be appropriate, such as when journalists report on the epithet.
Definition of Jim Crow. Race Relations.
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.
Juneteenth celebrations mark the day when all U.S. slaves received their freedom. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth with this review.
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.”
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.
A number of black actresses, including Lupita Nyong’o and Gabrielle Union, have spoken out over the years about the impact colorism and skin color prejudice has had on their lives.
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
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.
This overview details two examples of U.S. government sponsored medical racism: The Tuskegee and Guatemala Syphilis Studies.
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.
Learn more about famous interracial couples, gay and straight. Learn about longtime mixed couples and those who married when Jim Crow reigned.
This biography of the Congress of Racial Equality contains information about the group’s history and importance to the civil rights movement as well as facts about CORE today. Learn how CORE’s nonviolent techniques helped the organization win key battles in the fight for desegregation and an end to Jim Crow.
Celebrities such as Lucy Liu, Viola Davis and Chris Rock discuss racism in Hollywood.
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.
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.
Does the criminal justice system treat blacks unfairly? An overview of statistics reveals that race plays a role in everything from sentencing to the likelihood that a person will be stopped and frisked by police.
Without the help of the Navajos who enlisted in the Marines as code talkers, World War II could’ve turned out very differently for the United States. The military code based on the complex Navajo language proved impossible for the Japanese to decipher. Thanks to the Navajo code talkers, the U.S. military was able to carry out important missions during the war without interference. For decades after their crucial contributions during World War II, these Native American war heroes went unrecognized. That shifted in 2000 when the government finally gave the code talkers the honors they deserved.
Azealia Banks has faced a public backlash for her beefs with other rappers, but that doesn't make her remarks about racism and cultural appropriation any less valid.
A number of studies indicate that even when whites and minorities work in the same fields, the latter earns less.
The United States is a cultural melting pot, or as some now call it, a salad bowl. How can we honor cultural diversity during the holidays? The best way is by having interfaith celebrations that don’t mock other cultures and that respect those with different cultural traditions. That means no inappropriate Halloween costumes, understanding why some Native Americans view Thanksgiving as racist and why blacks celebrate Kwanzaa.
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.
Since Barack Obama’s landmark election in 2008, African-American voters have been under a microscope. This overview clarifies misconceptions about the black electorate and paints a picture of who these voters really are.
Definition of the racial slur Oreo.
Definition of the racial slur whitewashed.
Gay couples are more likely to be involved in interracial relationships than their heterosexual counterparts, including celebrities such as Mario Cantone and Robin Roberts.
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.