Four African men school you on hollywood stereotypes

Today I was browsin’ around town on the internet world. I came across this sweet video on Colorlines. It is about stereotypes seen in the media about African men. I thought it was really interesting, so here it is!! BOOM!!

 

What do you think about this? Comment below and let me know!

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Urban Outfitters is unapologetic for cultural appropriation

Urban outfitters is being sued by the Navajo Nation for using the name of their tribe in their products. They used names such as “Navajo Hipster Panty”, “Navajo flask”, and “Vintage Navajo silver.” Urban outfitters is insisting that the word Navajo is referring to a fashion trend that has appeared in the fashion industry over the past few years. It is believed that Urban Outfitters “silver necklace” was actually taken from a navajo trading post, and mass produced. I also don’t think it is a coincidence that a FLASK had a navajo design on it, reinforcing the stereotypes about alcohol abuse in native american communities. This is cultural appropriation, taking a culture that is not your own, and using it for non-cultural reasons. I believe this is WRONG. Say no to cultural appropration, and say NO to Urban Outfitters! What do you think about this? Comment below and let me know!

Photo from clutchmagonline.com!

Top 5 reasons not to shop at Abercrombie and Fitch

Abercrombie and Fitch is an overpriced clothing store catering to teens and young adults. This is why you should NOT shop there:

  • Usually, when you walk into the store, there is a young man with muscles standing at the door, usually shirtless. If there isn’t, there are always photos of men with unrealistic muscles, and unrealistically skinny and unproportional women on the walls. Not to mention, they are primarily white. This reinforces gender roles, and NEGATIVE body image!
  • Its overpriced! Some basic T-shirts there cost $40 and over! Why spend so much money on a label!?! I have bought similar T-shirts at the consignment store for about $7. Just saying.
  • In 2005, the store was sued for discrimination based on race. Most people who get hired at the store happen to be tan, blonde, and skinny. Coincidence? I think not. According to Jennifer Lu, “”It’s dominated by Caucasian, football-looking, blonde-hair, blue-eyed males; skinny, tall”. “You don’t see any African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and that’s the image that they’re portraying and that they’re looking for.”
  • Abercrombie was also sued for religious discrimination!According to Sarah Letter, a young muslim was told in an interview that she couldn’t work at the store because her head scarf (a hijab) didn’t follow the “dress policy”.
  • A young woman named Riam Dean sued the store for their discrimination against her disability. Although she did get a job there, she was hid in a storage room because her prosthetic arm didn’t “fit” the look. According to Riam, “I had been bullied out of my job,” she said. “It was the lowest point I had ever been in my life.”

I could go on, but you get my point. This store is discriminatory and awful! What do you think? Comment below and let me know!

Because looking like that is just so realistic? Ugh. (Photo from Google Images)

 

How to be an ally if you are a person with privilege

Stop and ask yourself things like:

  • What does it mean to be white/heterosexual/male/cisgender/upper class (etc) in this situation?
  • Would I be listened to if I didn’t hold this privilege?
  • Is this an oppurtunity for everyone, or is this an oppurtunity ONLY given to me for any reason?
  • Notice: How people of different abilities, people of color, LGBT people, non-cisgender people, middle-class and working class people, people of size, etc, are promoted, seen, treated, and talked about.
  • Am I stepping into a situation where someone is not being listened to because of their gender, identity, race, sexuality, etc. Am I making sure everyone is getting the same chance to express their opinions?
  • Am I interupting an offensive joke made towards a target group?

These are just a few things you can ask yourself to make sure you are actively being an ally to people who are different than you, and not abusing your power as a privilege group member.

To get more information on this topic, here are some great resources:

What do you think it means to be an ally? Comment below and let me know!

Photo from Google Images (:

How Racism Plays Out

Once again, this is from the camp I went to, CLI. This is what we came up with:

How Racism Plays Out in Schools

  • Deragatory terms towards racial groups
  • Racist jokes
  • Assumptions made my looking at your skin color
  • Teachers expecting white kids to be smarter and acting shocked when a person of color knows the right answer
  • Seperation in social groups
  • Teachers trying to help white students get their grades up, and not the students of color.

How Racism Plays Out in the Community

  • Racial Profiling
  • Negative comments about biracial couples
  • Seperated social groups
  • Gang injunction

What we Can Do:

  • Talk to the administration about whats going on
  • Help the administration focus on equity
  • Come together
  • Be friends with people of all different races
  • Educate community members
  • Stand up to people saying racists comments
  • Raise awareness about whats going on in different ways

Maybe this will give you an idea of how to stop racism in your community and notice how it plays out. Comment below and let me know your expiriences with racism in the community! Photo from Google Images (:

Toma Las Calles

Toma Las Calles

Toma Las Calles is a movement that translates to “Take the Streets”, promoting equal opportunity, access to education, and economic justice for the youth of our community here in Santa Barbara. On Sunday, January 8, many activists and youth, including myself, … Continue reading