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


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 [1], which also led to other discussions such as who counts as a woman of color [2] and Asian American feminism (#NotYourAsianSidekick) [3]. And it’s a discussion that continues [4] and reaches all parts of the country, including our own Tar Heel state. [5]

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. [6]

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. [7]

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. [8]

Mindy Kaling elegantly made the cover of Elle magazine [9]. (Though that’s not without controversy [10].)

We also saw the past year, a healthy number of films with Black actors and directors [11], 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 [12] still more [13] to go [14] 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…