Media tagged Whiteness

Awkward Moments Only Asians Understand

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This BuzzFeed video is part of a group of videos that expose and satirize stereotypes and racial microaggressions, or the everyday, often unintentional, marginalizing interactions racial and ethnic minorities experience in the U.S. Focused on Asian American identity and experiences of Asians in the U.S., the video features Eugene Lee Yang, Asian American BuzzFeed writer, producer, and actor showing how microaggressions and stereotypes play out in everyday interactions with diverse colleagues and friends. Themes addressed are policing of identity (e.g., “You’re such a banana” or “You’re a bad Asian”) and stereotypes about Asians (e.g., proficiency in math and technology, who can date whom, and questions about being from North or South Korea), fetishizing mixed-race people (e.g., “in general, half Asian people are the most beautiful”), who is included when talking about “Asians” (e.g. “I saw your (video). As an Indian, where was the rest of Asia?”), among many others. Additionally, there are several frames in which the Asian or Asian American characters are shown taking photographs of themselves with non-Asian friends, and the automatic face recognition feature on the camera singles out the Asians and asks, “Did someone blink?,” commenting on racial biases built into the design of technology.

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Being 12 - "Because I'm Latino, I Can't Have Money?"

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This video features the voices of a diverse group of 12-year-olds from West Side Collaborative Middle School in New York City talking about their experiences with race, racial identity, and racism. The featured students speak about their backgrounds, families, experiences with discrimination and stereotyping, and the confusion, fears, anxieties, and racial injustices they face in their everyday lives. The video is part of a multimedia project called Being 12: The Year Everything Changes, produced by pubic radio station WNYC.

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Bias in Mainstream News

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Published in June 2015, this two and a half minute video shows systemic bias in the news when reporters describe the actions of Black people as compared to how they describe the actions of White people. The video features news clips reporting on social unrest from outlets such as ABC, FOX, and CNN and points out biases like when reporters use racially charged words like “thugs,” “wild looting,” “criminals,” and “the bad guys” when describing groups of Black people vs. “young people,” “passionate,” and “fans” to describe groups of White people.

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Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

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This trailer comes from the 2010 documentary, "Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity", produced by filmmaker and professor Robert Clift. As described in the film's promotional materials, "The film presents a diverse group of white rap fans (often referred to by derogatory terms such as “wannabe” or “wigger”) and performers with very different ways of expressing their relationship to Hip-Hop music and culture." With contributions from amateurs, professionals like Vanilla Ice, and African American scholars Amiri Baraka, the film investigates key questions about whites and the world of hip-hop: "When is it adoration, and when is it mockery?" the narrator ponders. "When is it fun and when is it blacking up?"

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Black. White.

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This reality show was featured on the FX network in 2006. The plot involvesa black family and a white family trading places (and race) through the use of heavy makeup. The idea is that they will have a chance to experience the day-to-day life of a person of another race. The show was produced by Ice Cube and RJ Cutler. Ultimately, the “reality” show was based on a false premise, as the white family was actually composed of professional actors. Black. White. received mixed reviews, as many believed that on makeup was hardly all it took for one to truly understand what life is like living as a person of a different race.

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