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‘O’Reilly Factor’ Chinatown segment called racist by lawmakers, Asian American journalists

By Sheryl Estrada

(Oct. 7, 2016 | DiversityInc.) - Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” is receiving backlash for a segment of his show where correspondent Jesse Watters traveled to New York City’s Chinatown to essentially perpetuate racist stereotypes.

O’Reilly prefaces the “Watters’ World” segment by saying, “In the first presidential debate, China was mentioned 12 times, mostly in a negative way, especially by Donald Trump. So we sent Watters down to New York’s Chinatown to sample political opinion.”

The segment then opened with stereotypical Chinese music, foreshadowing the intention of the interviews and the offensive direction it would take. Read more

‘Feeling Latino’ spotlights artistic diversity

By Paul Hyde
(October 6, 2016 | Greenville Online) - Greenville’s Hispanic community may be a unified presence but it speaks in a diversity of voices.

That’s the impression one is likely to have at “Feeling Latino,” an exhibition of 12 Greenville-based Hispanic artists at the Metropolitan Arts Council. Read more

UC forges new partnership to advance student diversity

By George White

(Oct. 3, 2016 | New America Media) - In the wake of a two-year campaign that generated increases in the number of African Americans and other students of color on its campuses, the University of California and the Boys & Girls Club of America have launched an outreach partnership that could become a new model for building additional diversity pipelines on statewide and national levels. Read more

More diversity in the film industry is not an option

By Betty Ann Heggie
(Oct. 6, 2016 | The Huffington Post) - Since the inception of film, seldom have women, minorities or even nonconformist males held the center of a story, serving instead as the adjunct or love interest. Rarely the subject, most often the object.

Subtly, through the years we have been indoctrinated to view the world through a patriarchal lens. In virtually every sector those who select the protagonist, choose the narrative, act as distributor and pen the review, have endorsed or subscribed to a traditional masculine value system. Read more

The remarriage of Edie Windsor, a gay marriage pioneer

By Jacob Bernstein

(Sept. 30, 2016 | The New York Times) - Edie Windsor, the veteran L.G.B.T. activist who emerged as arguably the most famous figure in the marriage equality movement, has gotten married again.

On Monday, she and her new partner, Judith Kasen, a vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors, were wed at City Hall in New York. Read more


Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and Its Threat to Democracy

Religious and cultural intolerance are not always spontaneous developments; rather there are times when strategic campaigns emerge from opportunists who seek the opportunity to incite fear and prejudice against those of different religions. George refers to these strategies that promote anti-democratic values as “…‘hate spin’—a double-sided technique that combines hate speech (incitement through vilification) with […] continue reading

George, Cherian. (2016). Hate Spin-The Manufacture of Religious Offense and Its Threat to Democracy. Cambridge: MIT Press.

"Choosing to stay in the Mormon Church despite its racist legacy"

By Janan Graham-Russell

(Aug. 28, 2016 | The Atlantic) - This article from The Atlantic tells the religious journey of a woman named Janan Graham-Russel, a woman who grew up in a home with a Protestant mother and a Muslim father, but became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her late college years. She explains the trials that she faces being part of a community that had a history of discriminating against black members (“…black members had been banned from joining the priesthood or from performing specific rituals, from the mid-19th century until 1978…); Graham-Russell has witnessed the frustration felt by black Mormons at some leadership’s unwillingness to speak about these years of prejudice (Graham-Russell, 2016). . . . To read the full article, click here.

Graham-Russell, J. (2016, August 28). Choosing to Stay in the Mormon Church Despite Its Racist Legacy. Retrieved October 3, 2016, from The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/black-and-mormon/497660/


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