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Lunch Links: Overestimating diversity, discussions of race still need to happen

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2013 saw a much needed discussion about race in many spheres of American. Particularly popular in the latter half of the year was the discussion of race in feminism a la #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, which also led to other discussions such as who counts as a woman of color and Asian American feminism (#NotYourAsianSidekick). And it’s a discussion that continues and reaches all parts of the country, including our own Tar Heel state.

None of this discourse might seem particularly new, but in a way, this discussion, among others regarding issues of race in America, is more needed than ever. Especially when we realize that America in general overestimates how diverse our country really is.

We’re certainly making progress depicting minorities in media, though.

Marvel comics will be rebooting Ms. Marvel in February. The iconic superhero will be in the person of the 16-year-old Kamala Kahn, a Pakistani American Muslim.

The CW’s new superhero TV show “The Flash” while casting Grant Gustin as the headlining scarlet speedster, is rumored to potentially have a very multicultural supporting cast.

Mindy Kaling elegantly made the cover of Elle magazine. (Though that’s not without controversy.)

We also saw the past year, a healthy number of films with Black actors and directors, one of which, “12 Years a Slave,” won best motion picture drama at the Golden Globes this past Sunday.

So we have come far, but there’s still more to go and more discussions like those of #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen and #NotYourAsianSidekick to be had to really understand the nuances of diversity in America.

And now, signing off with a weird Old Spice commercial…

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