October 1, 2013

Happy Tuesday and Welcome to this week’s Diversity Blast!

Hopefully this blast will offer a slight distraction from the overwhelming topic of the federal government literally shutting down.

 

 

Race/Stereotypes

The death of a young man shot by police officers that emphasizes the role of stereotypes and “whistling Vivaldi”

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2013/09/jonathan_ferrell_shooting_death_the_perils_of_stereotype_threat.html(Sho(

(Shout out to Brian for this one!)

 

 

Race/Employment Discrimination

“Before I could even pull out my resume or start a formal interview, she was telling me all this negative stuff — she couldn’t hire me because I was black, I would scare away her customers.”

http://jezebel.com/bakery-refuses-to-hire-black-women-to-work-behind-the-c-1428159962

 

 

Gender/Body Image

NYC Mayor Bloomberg launches campaign to boost girl’s self-esteem. The campaign involves lots of publicity around the tagline “I’m beautiful the way I am”—-because that is the most important thing for young girls to hear. Yes you are beautiful, and that is still the most important defining characteristic because you are a woman.  
http://jezebel.com/nyc-launches-campaign-to-boost-girls-self-esteem-1433688289

 

 

Feminism/Pop Culture

Natalie Portman takes on the conversation of feminism and strong women in Hollywood.

http://feministing.com/2013/10/01/natalie-portman-feminist-characters-are-more-than-just-kick-ass/

 

 

Gender/Transculture

A New Jersey Transwoman was murdered recently. Most media outlets are refusing to use the correct gender pronouns to discuss the tragedy, adding insult to injury.

http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2013/09/28/new-jersey-paper-refuses-correct-coverage-trans-womans-murder

 

 

Issues no one seems to be talking about this week:

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • The effect of the Government shut down on low income communities
    • Literally the google doodle is evidence of the great national concern of the closing of all our national parks, but I haven’t seen any articles discussing the serious detriment this could cause. Is it too scary? Did I miss it somewhere?
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