Despierta: Conversations on Race and Ethnicity

If you’re in Chicago and would like to practice the fine art of Race Talk, consider attending Despierta: Conversations on Race and Ethnicity on Friday, September 6th.  This is the first of several …

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Bicultural Mama: The Oddity of Skin Color Labels to Identify Race


Society gives skin color labels to people to identify race. When I was a child, I learned that Asians like me were “yellow.” I recall looking at my skin and thinking, “It’s not yellow. Looks kind of tan to me.”

Community Village‘s insight:

I was just thinking the other day that I need to write another post about how ridiculous these skin color labels are.

Here’s the new over simplification:
Africans are Ebony
Asians and Native Americans are Golden
Europeans are Pink

Three things combine to create our color:
Hemoglobin, which can only be seen through thin skin
Carotene, which can only be seen if there is not a lot of melanin
Melanin, which blocks the other two colors when there is enough of it

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Running from my White-ness

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“What I learned in my grade school days was so sugary sweet that I graduated with the belief that America was the savior of the world and that Slavery was a blight caused by a few bad people wiped clean by the heroic Abraham Lincoln.”

“When I got into college and began to take history and philosophy courses, I started to wake up. Some of the required books led me to read other books that opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of our history and the unfolding America. Beyond that was the enlightening accounts of human atrocities across the globe throughout history.”

“…the way to a more united and equal America is by less separation and more conversation…”

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Many Americans have no friends of another race: poll

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – About 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll.The…

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Where I Come From | Soya Jung

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“When I ask people where their politics come from, it’s because I’m hoping to  find something in common, those places of overlap…”


“… my silence was tantamount to complicity in a system with deadly consequences.”

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Race + Comics: When is Diversity ‘Contrived’? | Racialicious – the intersection of race and pop culture

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Top Comment:


• 2 years ago

Thanks, Arturo, for writing this.

One of the watershed moments for me during my conversation with Tom Brevoort was when he asserted that adding/creating so-called minority superheroes was, on its face, indicative of an agenda. And because he deemed it an agenda, it was an inherently wrongheaded practice.

When I responded that any media creation that is 99% white heterosexual male, PARTICULARLY in 2011, is, also, indicative of an agenda, and why was one agenda okay, but not another, he didn’t respond.

I can only assume that from his lens, “white heterosexual male” is normal, default; contrivances and agendas only exist when the undesirables believe they deserve equal representation.

White heterosexual male privilege is a helluva drug.

Community Village‘s insight:

The topic of race in super heros and cartoons in our pluralistic United States is good. How many hours of super heros and cartoons do children watch. If we want to reduce xenophobia and hate – we need to be familiar and comfortable with more than white characters in the media.

The U.S. is 70% white but U.S. media seems to be 90% white

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American Hair is a forthcoming book, traveling exhibit and lecture series that examines our obsession with hair and the role it plays in shaping identity and culture in the United States. Hair has immense social, cultural, and political power.

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Wetback, Mulatto, whatever….


So again yesterday, at zero-dark-thirty, I’m running around. Oops, forgot it was Easter weekend and I have a bazillion things to do. CNN is on and I vaguely hear something about a “Representative” (Don Young (R) – Alaska, to be exact) calling Latinos “wetbacks”. Work, laundry, grocery store, wait a minute. Wetbacks? Really? An elected official no less? From the party that just got its butt beat, because of their insensitivity? Really? This morning, a little more clear-headed, I search for “Congressman, wetbacks” and read the whole sordid little story.

A term that was originally used to describe Mexicans that came across the border into Texas via the Rio Grande River it made me think about a term that I absolutely hate…..mulatto. The first time I was called one, I was in junior high school and someone called me a mulatto with such affection, I thought, that’s cute….tomayto, tomato, potayto, potato, mulatto. But as I grew older, and saw the disdain that people would pronounce the word….moooolattoe… it was an exotic, too bitter coffee from Marrakesh…I began to not like the word.
I am tired of the labels that people have to put on others to make themselves feel better. I am saddened that our elected officials continue to make choices that are divisive, especially when talking about those who are from other places, backgrounds or ideologies. Hopefully, somewhere in our future , people will realize that we are all human, and not the derogatory labels they choose to put on us. Peace, bb.

peaceful changemakers

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Basically, I think that Madeleine Rogin is a genius and I hope this curriculum (and others like it) spreads like wildfire.  To know that there are people working so diligently to affect positive ch…

Community Village‘s insight:

Here’s a great article by Tiffany Jones (Mulatto Diaries) and Madeleine Rogin explaining how teachers and parents should teach about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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What was the problem he faced?

Who was involved or affected?

Why was it hard to solve this problem?

And was it solved?

Do not mention his death (for younger children). That will cause the children to lose focus on King’s lessons and focus on the horror instead.

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