My college class asks what it means to be white in America — but interrogating that question as a black woman in the real world is much harder to do. Photo illustration by Najeebah Al-Ghadban. By Claudia Rankine. I n the early days of the run-up to the election, I was just beginning to prepare a class on whiteness to teach at Yale University, where I had been newly hired. Over the years, I had come to realize that I often did not share historical knowledge with the persons to whom I was speaking. Would my students understand the long history that informed a comment like one Trump made when he announced his presidential candidacy?
What Hollywood movies do to perpetuate racial stereotypes
For Black History Month, we have selected 28 essential films from the 20th century pertaining to African-American experiences. We imposed a chronological cutoff in an effort to look back at where we were and how we got to here. We begin in the s with Oscar Micheaux , a novelist and bold, prolific independent filmmaker. When African-Americans in Hollywood were not singing or dancing, they were often cast as maids, butlers, porters or other servile, peripheral figures. Race movies disappeared shortly after World War II, and soon the mainstream industry turned toward social issues.
Asian men in Canada often fret that the laws of supply and demand are working against them when it comes to hooking up with the right woman. Are men with Asian ethnic origins justified in feeling anxious these racial preferences are actually operating in North American dating? Ronald Lee , founder of a relationship service for Asian men in Metro Vancouver, believes Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other men with East Asian roots who make these complaints are looking for excuses to avoid facing their social awkwardness.