Media tagged Race & Ethnicity

Levi's-Everybody's Work

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This ad is part of Levi Strauss’s “Go Forth” campaign, launched in July 2012. With a black and white image, it depicts a man with a shovel across his shoulders, gazing off into the distance. He looks as if he is taking a break from hard physical labor. The image is overlaid with text: "Everybody's work is equally important."

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Lopez Tonight - Snoop Dogg's DNA Test

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This clip comes from a 2010 episode of the late-night show “Lopez Tonight.” Host George Lopez’s guest is rapper Snoop Dogg, who is there to receive the results from a DNA test that investigated his ethnic background. Central to the clip is a competition between Snoop Dogg and former professional basketball player Charles Barkley to see “who is blacker?” When the DNA test results are revealed, Snoop Dogg is found to have 71% Sub-Saharan African heritage, compared to Barkley’s 75%. Lopez concludes the segment by giving Snoop a gag gift of “things that white people like.”

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Louis CK on Being White (EXPLICIT)

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This clip comes from comedian Louis CK's stand-up routine, featured in the 2008 special "Chewed Up". In it, he muses on the priveleges that are associated with being a white male, as well as the often dangerous disadvantages that have historically come with being anything other than a white male. He considers the case of a time machine: "Here's how great it is to be white: I can get in a time machine and go to any time, and it would be f***ing awesome when I get there! That is exclusively a white privilege." The clip has been the subject of debate and controversy among viewers. Some see Louis CK as providing a constructive voice to point out issues of white privelege. Others believe he perpetuates  racist stereotypes and fails to acknowledge the racism that still exists post-1980s.

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Louisville Flood

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In early January 1937, the Ohio River began to flood. By the end of the month, more than seventy percent of Louisville, Kentucky was under water. Thousands of people were displaced from their homes, businesses were destroyed, and the geography of the city permanently shifted east, outside of the flood plain. In this photograph, taken by Margaret Bourke-White for Time magazine, a line of displaced people--adults and children, all of them Black--wait in line for food and dry clothing in front of an enormous billboard. In a terrible irony, the billboard depicts an idealized American family driving through a bucolic Midwestern scene beneath the words, "World's Highest Standard of Living." Over time, Bourke-White's photo has been used to represent the wealth disparity and precarious socio-economic conditions of the Great Depression.

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Ludacris - Area Codes

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This music video for the song “Area Codes” by rapper Ludacris, featuring Nate Dogg, was released in 2001. The song is about the alleged numerous women dispersed across the world -- their locations indicated by their United States telephone area codes -- with whom Ludacris has either had sex with, or would be readily available for sex if he were to call. The chorus repeated throughout the song is, “I’ve got hoes, I’ve got hoes, in different area codes, area codes, area codes. I’ve got hoes.” The primary imagery of the video features Ludacris, a plane and several scantily-clad women with area codes emblazoned across their tight-fitted, cropped shirts or bikinis, dancing suggestively in high heels. The music video also features clips from Rush Hour 2, an action comedy movie starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, since the song was part of the movie’s soundtrack. During the Rush Hour 2 scenes that flash through the music video, Ludacris raps lyrics such as “I bang cock in Bangkok,” “I’m the thriller in Manilla,” “Schlong in Hong Kong.”

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