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Links 1 through 10 of 14 by Latoya Peterson tagged via:thatphil

"Hollywood is institutionally racist, according to Dev Patel, the Slumdog Millionaire star, who claims Asian actors are limited to roles as terrorists, taxi drivers or geeks.

"...the 20 year-old from Harrow, north-west London, has been frustrated by the lack of decent roles on offer and is currently jobless.

"'Because Slumdog was such a big hit, there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next,' he said. 'For my second film, I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts like the goofy Indian sidekick.'"

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"At the time, the media hammered home a positive association of the soccer players with the country's poor suburbs. But as soon as the team began to play badly and the public grumbled about the star-studded lifestyle of team members, that message started to backfire.

"'Before, we said the suburbs won the World Cup. Now it's all the opposite, and we say these children of the ghettoes lost it, and as a result we stigmatize the suburbs,' Gastaut said."

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"Did Tourism BC err on this or are all of our readily identifiable (in the US market) celebrities white like rice? I understand David Suzuki probably isn’t very big in Texas, but with the absence of any colour in the spot, Barber has a point, albeit a cynical one. Call me naive, but I prefer to think we’re so post-racial here that it never even occurred to the team that greenlit the ad. That said, ad creatives do think about these things, don’t they?" 

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"Bernstein is, as I mentioned, no fool, and so of course he knows and acknowledges this, but there is a sense in which it's not entirely real to him; he is constantly asking the reader to temporarily set aside any objections regarding the utter powerlessness of the female participants in this "freedom" so that we can contemplate for a moment how liberating it must have been for the men."

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"Racism is empowered by silence, she said. “To keep it in silence is to show acceptance, whether you mean to or not, or it just allows them to flourish without any opposition; either case is not acceptable,” she said."

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""I'm really glad that white people are stepping up to critique white culture, because in general white people like to deny that there is such a thing as white culture," Ayo says."

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"Many efforts have helped increase the number of women and ethnic minorities in college presidencies the past two decades, but Asian Americans have not kept pace with other historically underrepresented demographics."

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"Breaking the mold of stereotypical roles intended for Asian Americans, the two leads — John Cho and Kal Penn — provide the foundation for a movie that doesn't involve martial arts or a Far East caricature."

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New book 'Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School' has "advice for educators on recognizing when everyday classroom practices exacerbate racial inequalities and on becoming more constructively conscious and open about race

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"The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, which was the first to report on the apparent bias, said that of the 1,128 models participating in the event, just 28 - or 2.5 per cent - were black."

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