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

Posted By Ricky Leung On January 14, 2014 @ 12:31 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

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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 [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…


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[1] the discussion of race in feminism a la #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/14/solidarityisforwhitewomen-hashtag-feminism

[2] who counts as a woman of color: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/09/12/221469077/feminism-and-race-just-who-counts-as-a-woman-of-color

[3] Asian American feminism (#NotYourAsianSidekick): http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/17/not-your-asian-sidekick-asian-women-feminism

[4] discussion that continues: http://blog.angryasianman.com/2014/01/notyourasiansidekick-past-present-and.html

[5] including our own Tar Heel state.: http://wunc.org/post/how-did-notyourasiansidekick-become-place-talk-about-race-and-stereotypes-online

[6] America in general overestimates how diverse our country really is.: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/10/americans-vastly-overestimate-how-diverse-country-really/7320/

[7] The iconic superhero will be in the person of the 16-year-old Kamala Kahn, a Pakistani American Muslim.: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2014/01/ms-marvel-muslim-superheroine/

[8] rumored to potentially have a very multicultural supporting cast.: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1719639/the-flash-multicultural-cast.jhtml

[9] made the cover of Elle magazine: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/beyond-the-headline-abc-news/mindy-kaling-loves-her-elle-cover-232028314.html

[10] Though that’s not without controversy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-duca/mindy-kaling-elle_b_4561454.html

[11] films with Black actors and directors: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/12/30/256592777/films-with-black-actors-directors-go-to-11-in-2013

[12] there’s: http://www.salon.com/2014/01/14/the_golden_globes_race_problem_why_awards_shows_matter/

[13] more: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/01/14/mirai-nagasu-ashley-wagner-and-the-myth-of-the-golden-girl/

[14] go: http://youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily.com/chinky-or-not-chinky-how-i-met-your-mother-goes-slap-happy-oriental-style/

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