Media tagged Whiteness

Pinksourcing (Kristen Bell)

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“Pinksourcing with Kristen Bell,” is a satirical video produced by The Huffington Post that prods companies to consider "pinksourcing" (hiring women as a cheap domestic source of labor) over outsourcing labor to other countries. It suggests that pinksourcing is advantageous because women in the United States make a fraction of men’s salaries, are afforded fewer healthcare benefits, and don’t require promotions to higher positions.

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Racial discrimination, white privilege, and standing up to systemic inequality: Joy DeGruy, “A trip to the grocery store”

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In this video clip from World Trust’s film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, educator, author, and researcher Joy Angela DeGruy tells the story of how she and her daughter were discriminated against at a grocery store and how her sister-in-law used her White privilege to intervene, take a stand against the discriminatory and unjust interaction, and point out that moment as an example of unexamined privileges and internal biases manifesting in an institutionalized, systemic inequity. She also describes how this interaction affected not just the people directly involved, but also the people who witnessed the event. 

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Schoolhouse Rock - Great American Melting Pot

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Schoolhouse Rock was an American animated musical educational show that was originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s. “Great American Melting Pot” was aired in 1977, written by Lynn Ahrens and Lori Lieberman. It tells the story of immigration from the Old World of Europe to the New World of the United States. It suggests that immigrants of different backgrounds have come together in America, bringing with them their own traditions and values, but ultimately becoming part of one “Great American Melting Pot.” The chorus sings: “Lovely Lady Liberty/With her book of recipes/And the finest one she's got/Is the great American melting pot.”

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Shit White Girls Say...to Black Girls

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This clip was uploaded by a Youtube user in early 2012, and is one of many take-offs of the popular “Shit Girls Say” video that went viral in late 2011. It depicts an African-American female dressed as “white”, with a blonde wig, making a series of statements that can be seen as ignorant, racist, and ill-informed. The video is meant to use parody to illuminate the types of everyday insults endured by women of color in a landscape in which racial privilege associated with whiteness is the norm.

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Slip of the Tongue - spoken word film

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At the age of 16, Karen Lum created, directed, and starred in this award-winning film about gender, race, and unrealistic beauty standards. She and William Tsang are featured visually portraying the spoken word poem written and performed by Adriel Luis, whose voice is heard throughout the video. The poem starts with a young man hitting on a young woman with several unsuccessful pickup lines, ultimately eliciting an unexpected response when he blurts out, “girl, what is your ethnic makeup?” Through artful word play with makeup words such as foundation, lipstick, and eye shadow, the poem and video tells the story about how she proceeds to educate him about topics such as the commodification of beauty, unrealistic and unattainable Anglicized beauty standards, how women are measured and valued for their appearance, and the importance of learning the histories of your people within social and historical context. The film was shot in 2005 in Lum’s hometown of Oakland, CA. The full text of the poem can be found here.

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