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In case you missed it…

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!

Race Changers
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time

Conscious Media Maker
a blog for entertainment, media, advertising and public relations professionals who are committed to bringing about more realistic, three-dimensional representations of people of color

Addicted to Race
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Episode 46: We hand the reins over to our listeners in this episode – it’s a special all listener feedback show!

Anti-Racist Parent
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Why my daughter will never dress in a national costume for Halloween: Everyone guessed everything from Aunt Jemima to Kizzy, the slave girl who was one of the main characters from Alex Haley’s then-recent epic movie, Roots. By the time the day ended, I’d ripped the head wrap from my head, and scrubbed my face clean of any makeup.
  • Hope vs. Optimism: And in thinking about Cornell West’s quote, I too want to help my children have hope – not just blind optimism that leads to a passively waiting for things to get better – but the kind of hope that leads to actions as a personal agent of change.

Racialicious
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture

  • Anti-Racist of the Week: Mutombo!: On Thursday night Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo got into an altercation with a fan who allegedly yelled racist slurs at him, including the word “monkey”, during a preseason game against the Orlando Magic.
  • A million to one. Again.: Gee. For a “million-to-one” odds, it seems like we’re seeing a whole lot of “miracle black and white twins” these days. Just a few days after our last reported twins, here comes yet another set.
  • Borat: just plain funny? or racist and xenophobic? What do you think of the Borat movie? Is it just silly and funny? Or do you think Sacha Baron Cohen is tapping into a racist and/or xenophobic vein in the United States?
  • Kimchi in aisle two! Basically, at this point, we still see that anything aside from apple pie and hot dogs is relegated to “ethnic food” aisles. It would be nice to see a bit more integration at the grocery store ;) , but perhaps it will take a while since clearly, the way that we discuss ethnic cuisine sets it apart.
  • Sofia Coppola feminism: dependent on class, race, and cultural subjugation: It is a feminism that demands emptiness (real or invented) of reflection, instead replacing it with self involvement. It requires that culture and emotion be reduced to tropes and materials so that possession of these trinkets is possession of the cultural significance.
  • Whites stereotype Asians, Asians stereotype blacks: Check out this old Jell-O ad from the sixties that mocks an Asian baby trying to eat Jell-O with chopsticks. It has just about every offensive stereotype you can think of: the dreaded Asian font and a presumably white dude narrating with an awful fake accent.

Introducing Conscious Media Maker!

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new blog, Conscious Media Maker! Conscious Media Maker is a blog for entertainment, media, advertising and public relations professionals who are committed to bringing about more realistic, three-dimensional representations of people of color.

The Goal
We’ve been blogging about issues of race and racism in media and pop culture for a few years now on Racialicious. But it’s mostly been from the consumer’s perspective. What we want to do with Conscious Media Maker is create a space where people who work in the industries that produce these images and concepts can get together and make a difference.

The blog will be a mix of news, commentary, criticism, and interviews with industry leaders. It will also be a community where people can share resources and best practices, and discuss the role that race and racism play within the industry.

Make sure that you receive all posts!
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Spread the word
As always, we encourage you to spread the word about our projects to get more people involved in the discussions. Also let us know what you think we should discuss. If you have an idea, we’d love to hear it! Email your feedback, ideas and suggestions to us at team@consciousmediamaker.com. We look forward to having great discussions and working with you to create lasting change!

In case you missed it…

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic‘s various projects. Here we go!

Race Changers
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time

  • Assignment 2 – Stereotypes and You: “Was there a time that you made a generalization and were proved wrong? Do you find yourself subscribing to any stereotypes now? If you do find yourself giving in to any stereotypes, why do you think you believe them to be true? Can you point to any instances where the stereotype does not hold true?”

Addicted to Race
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Episode 43: Jen rants about the “ohmygodyou’rejewishnoway!” reactions she receives each year around the Jewish holidays. Carmen interviews Matthew Creamer, a reporter for the industry publication Advertising Age, about the New York City Human Rights Commission’s investigation into the advertising industry’s hiring practices. The staffs at ad agencies are so lacking in diversity that the entire industry is under investigation.

Anti-Racist Parent
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Columnist intro – Ji In: Unequipped to deal with racism, poorly prepared for the challenges that accompanied parenting children of color, my parents couldn’t offer me the type of firsthand understanding that I craved, and they instead encouraged me to simply “ignore.”
  • Columnist intro – Jason: In my education classes, we used to talk, somewhat naively, about “teaching for social justice” and “teaching to change the world.” This, then, is about parenting for social justice, and parenting to change the world.

New Demographic
an anti-racism training company

Introducing a new project: Anti-Racist Parent

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new project, Anti-Racist Parent. Please head on over to check it out! Anti-Racist Parent is a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook. If you’re a parent who is tired of having your child learn about race and identity through the mixing of neapolitan ice cream :), playing dress-up with national costumes, and absorbing the same handful of sanitized historical facts every single Black/Latino/Native American/Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, this blog is for you.

The Goal
Parents often ask us for resources and express an intense interest in being able to discuss parenting from an anti-racist perspective. We hope that this blog will serve to inform, connect, and support parents as they work to raise their families with a healthy and realistic approach to race and identity.

What it will look like
We will write about the latest news stories related to parenting, with a focus on race. Guest contributors will join in with regular columns to give you their thoughts on parenting. This will be a great aspect of the site since you will hear a diversity of opinions, perspectives and experiences. You may even see an advice column, anecdotes, reviews, and rants….not to mention cute baby/family pictures from time to time. Of course, we will want there to be a dialogue through this blog, so we encourage contributions from you, the reader, as well as any comments or feedback you may have.

Make sure that you receive all posts!
To receive email updates whenever we put up a new post, click here. To subscribe to our RSS feed in your feedreader, click here. No idea what the heck we’re talking about? Not to worry, you’re not alone. Check out this excellent, easy-to-follow explanation of what RSS is all about.

Spread the word
As always, we encourage you to spread the word about our projects to get more people involved in the discussions. Also let us know what you think we should discuss. If you have an idea, we’d love to hear it! Email your feedback, ideas and suggestions to us at team@antiracistparent.com!

We look forward to having great discussions and working with you to raise a new generation of anti-racist children!

Race Changers assignment 1 reminder

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

There are just few days to go before we put up a new assignment at Race Changers so if you haven’t already, we’d encourage you to join us in doing Assignment 1- Stereotypes and Racial Profiling:

Stereotypes plague our interactions and racial profiling preys on certain members of society in the name of “safety.” Of course, these are things that we need to continue to challenge. Question the stereotypes that you, your friends, and your family hold (everyone is guilty of subscribing to some — it’s almost unavoidable given the amount of stereotypes that we are all bombarded with starting from a very young age!). Ask why we are subjecting a certain few to racial profiling. Do the perceived benefits outweigh the very real inconveniences and attacks on our civil rights? Generalizations are mainly detrimental, and in no way move us in a positive direction.

Read this article on racial profiling by Malcolm Gladwell. He talks about the importance of knowing how and when to make generalizations. Have something to say about it? Leave a comment.

If you haven’t already checked out Race Changers, what are you waiting for? :) It’s a blog that brings together a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time. People often ask, “What can I do as an individual to make a difference?” Race Changers offers a way for any person to join the fight against racism. Each week we post a new assignment that we will all do together, and we discuss what we learned from the experience.

To receive email updates whenever we put up a new post at Race Changers, click here. To subscribe to our RSS feed in your feedreader, click here. No idea what the heck we’re talking about? Not to worry, you’re not alone. Check out this excellent, easy-to-follow explanation of what RSS is all about.

Do you have an idea for an assignment we could all do together? Please email it to us at team@racechangers.com!

Introducing a new project: Race Changers

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new project called Race Changers! Please head on over there to check it out. Race Changers is a blog that brings together a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time.

The Goal
People often ask, “What can I do as an individual to make a difference?” Race Changers offers a way for any person to join the fight against racism. Each week we post a new assignment that we will all do together, and we discuss what we learned from the experience.

What it will look like
Assignments may be anything from reading a compelling article to initiating a thought-provoking conversation about a particular topic, from writing a journal entry to volunteering with a local campaign. We hope to harness the power of collective action to create the momentum we need to create lasting change.

Make sure that you receive all assignments!
To receive email updates whenever we put up a new post, click here. To subscribe to our RSS feed in your feedreader, click here. No idea what the heck we’re talking about? Not to worry, you’re not alone. Check out this excellent, easy-to-follow explanation of what RSS is all about.

Spread the word
As always, we encourage you to spread the word about our projects to get more people involved in the discussions. With Race Changers, it’s that much more important. Because the success of our work hinges on more and more people getting involved and learning, reflecting, discussing, and acting, we encourage you to bring friends, family members, co-workers and any others you know into this work! Also think about things that you think we should all do. If you have an idea for an assignment, we’d love to hear it! Email your feedback, ideas and suggestions to us at team@racechangers.com!

We are looking forward to making great changes and challenging racism along with all of you.