Media tagged Whiteness

Time Cover - Barack Obama

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This October 20, 2008 cover of Time Magazine shows an image of then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s face. Coloring of the background and text features white and black set against one another, with Obama’s face divided between black and white as well – although the “black” half is his natural skin tone. Headlines feature the subject of race, stating, “Why the economy is trumping race,” “How worried white voters are turning toward Obama,” “Why Obama’s ‘foreignness’ became the new race card,” and “How Black voters will feel if Obama loses.” Though Obama has been the subject of manyTimecovers, some controversial, this one is unique in its visually striking presentation of the issue of race in the presidential campaign.

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Understanding White Male Privilege and Gender and Racial Equality with SNL’s Sasheer Zamata

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As part of her role as an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ambassador, Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member Sasheer Zamata stars in this satirical video that features her and a White male friend walking around a city, talking about gender, racial, and class privilege. The White male friend talks about how far the country has come in terms of prejudice and discrimination and fails to notice as they pass examples of everyday structural and systemic White privilege, such as a billboard featuring another television show about a group of four White men. In their conversation, he continues to make arguments about progress, equality, individualism, and the merits of simply working hard, as Sasheer offers counterpoints to his arguments, pointing out structural and systemic privileges that mask institutionalized discrimination. She is also stopped and frisked by a police officer, racially profiled, and repeatedly cat-called, told to smile, and called a prude for covering up. In the end, he is congratulated for stating that he considers himself a feminist, whereas she is ignored and dismissed when she also says she is a feminist. He suddenly realizes the privileges that Sasheer has been talking about throughout their walk, and states that he gets it and that things are unfair and will not get better if they go ignored and unacknowledged. The video ends with the text, “Women’s equality starts with the person next to you. Be a friend,” and then the ACLU encourages sharing of the video.

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Un-Fair Campaign - Poster 1

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The Unfair Campaign, which aims to eliminate racism and raise awareness about white privilege, centers on the tagline, “it’s hard to see racism when you’re white.” According to its website, the campaign strives to eliminate racism by challenging white monoculture and its institutions in order to build a more truly multi-cultural community.

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Un-Fair Campaign - Poster 2

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The Unfair Campaign, which aims to eliminate racism and raise awareness about white privilege, centers on the tagline, “it’s hard to see racism when you’re white.” According to its website, the campaign strives to eliminate racism by challenging white monoculture and its institutions in order to build a more truly multi-cultural community.

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Un-Fair Campaign - Poster 3

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The Unfair Campaign, which aims to eliminate racism and raise awareness about white privilege, centers on the tagline, “it’s hard to see racism when you’re white.” According to its website, the campaign strives to eliminate racism by challenging white monoculture and its institutions in order to build a more truly multi-cultural community.

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