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On Not Being Defensive

On Not Being Defensive

In an Open Letter to the Evangelical Church, Asian American evangelicals say that racism must stop. They lay out some examples in recent years of particularly offensive and publicized racial stereotyping of Asian cultures, and add  “Although it is beyond unfortunate that these incidents happened at all, in many cases the reactions from the parties
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It’s That Time of Year Again

It’s That Time of Year Again

In case you thought that Halloween costumes that play on racist stereotypes were just a thing for 8-year-olds and college students, Sociological Images reminds us that they are for your pet also. Here’s a campaign for college campuses declaring that “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume.”

Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex

Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex

Here’s an analysis of Western media coverage of the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the face for speaking out in favor of girls’ education. Is the West’s interest in Ms. Yousafzai (who is definitely an incredible young woman) largely because she is a “helpless,” young, brown girl whom Western governments can “save” from the
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Dispelling Myths About Columbus

Here’s a nice run through of the atrocities committed by colonial terrorist Christopher Columbus. Not totally on-board with the author’s renaming Columbus Day after Bartoleme de las Casas (who is a model of redemption), when others have already chosen “Indigenous People’s Day.” From http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day

Kids Know Gender Stereotypes – and Can Make Change

A couple things making the rounds of the Interweb these days have to do with gender stereotypes in children’s books marketed for boys and girls separately. Such as: (see Constance Cooper, who includes a list of the revealing table of contents of each) and (see @CratesNRibbons). There’s nothing new about this. There are dozens of pink
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