A University of Dayton sociologist who analyzed journals kept by 626 white college students found the students behaved substantially differently when they were in the company of other whites than when they were with other races.
Part of the culture? When the students, who were asked to record their interactions with other people, were alone with other white students, racial stereotypes and racist language were surprisingly common, researcher Leslie Picca found. One student reported hearing the “n-word” among white students 27 times in a single day.
The results suggest white students have little sense of shame about racial insults and stereotyping and treat them as simply a part of the culture.
“This is a new generation who grew up watching ‘The Cosby Show,”’ Picca said. “They have the belief that racism isn’t a problem anymore so the words they use and the jokes they tell aren’t racist.”
Picca said she found it “heartbreaking” to see so many well-educated students perpetuating the stereotypes.
Jay Smooth’s latest video blog post (is that the right terminology?) on having two black coaches at the Superbowl had me cracking me up. I thought it would make a good Friday Fun item. Plus, I know that we’re always a little light on the sports side of pop culture (although I did recently anoint Luke as our official sports correspondent) so hopefully this balances things out a bit.
Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware…spent the day struggling to explain his description of Senator Barack Obama…as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
“While black kids discovering Indie has been widely reported about…an equally shocking and befuddling shift in cultural values has been largely ignored on the web: white Hip Hop fans are tuning in to Indie Rock in droves.”
“What Biden said burned of a destructive mentality that sees smart black people as exceptions as opposed to the rule. Or that don’t associate the number of successful blacks people with their blackness.”
“Instead of celebrating the great achievements made by present day blacks…and past blacks alike for the greater good of the nation, a good number of whites pull out their aluminum poles and start berating blacks for being given a month dedicated to our
I found this gem on Screens, The New York Times blog about online video:
Just as Bill Murray showed in “Lost in Translation,” the Japanese Suntory ad appears to be a rite of passage for a cadaverous-complexioned American male actor of a certain age.
Bill Murray’s Japanese ad campaign, of course, was just fiction.
But these Jones spots are for real!
According to Shanghaiist, this is one of a series of ads in which Tommy Lee Jones plays an alien who looks like a human being, and who enjoys drinking cold canned coffee. Here are the others commercials in the series:
It’s great to see that students are organizing against these ghetto parties. Hat tip to Rachel. “This is a group for all students that are against derogatory and demeaning racially themed parties and their universities response (or lack there of) to them.
Hat tip to Rob. “What typifies most westerns, from the early silent films to today, has always been the white man becoming an Indian. And by doing so, Natives are further led toward extinction while promoting this new amalgam as the American identity”
“Why should…black youth who wear tight pants and Vans and like Nirvana suddenly be lumped with a term in…white people who think it’s cool to look poor even though most of them are probably rich, who poke fun of Hip-Hop through their “Ghetto” and “Kill
“Clemson University President James Barker on Tuesday decried a party…Barker said in a letter to students and faculty the university was investigating. The NAACP also confirmed it was looking into the Clemson party and other similar events held at unive
“I learned that a lot of the venom in these letters had to do with feeling like there was no opportunities for females in the industry, that if there was only going to be one spot—cot damn, they were going to get it, even if they had to take someone out