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Opinion | What Does It Mean to ‘Look Like Me’?
Sept. 21, 2019 | The New York Times | By Kwame Anthony Appiah. Mr. Appiah is a philosopher.

Minorities can find it gratifying to see people who resemble them on-screen. But resemblance is a tricky thing........It’s a formula that we turn to again and again to affirm the value of inclusion, especially in the realm of popular culture: the importance of people who “look like me.”......The “look like me” formula appeals because it feels so simple and literal. We can think of a black or Asian toddler who gets to play with dolls that share her racial characteristics, in an era when Barbie, blessedly, is no longer exclusively white. The emotions it speaks to are real, and urgent. And yet the celebratory formula is trailed by jangling paradoxes, like tin cans tied to a newlywed’s car.......For one thing, nobody means it literally. Asians don’t imagine that all Asians look alike; blacks don’t think all blacks look alike.....What the visual metaphor usually signifies, then, is a kinship of social identity. ....the complexities don’t end there. When it comes to representation, two cultural conversations are happening at the same time. One is about “speaking our truths” — about exploring in-group cultural commonalities......e.g. the cultural conversation put on by comedians whose jokes you “get” — the in-group references that resonate with you, that trigger a knowing “nailed it!” smile......That’s one way of “looking like me.”.......What films like Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther deliver is a way of “looking like me” that’s as much about aspiration as identification. We say that their characters look like us; maybe what we mean is that we wish to look like them.....What these fantasies ask is, Who gets to tell you what you look like? It’s not a representation of identity so much as it is a renegotiation of it.......How identity relates to identification is, of course, a complicated matter.........The truth is that our best stories and songs often gain potency by complicating our received notions of identity; they’re less a mirror than a canvas — and everyone has a brush. It takes nothing away from the thrill of feeling represented, then, to point out what the most ambitious forms of art and entertainment are always telling us: Don’t be so sure what you look like.
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How did children develop self-worth and an identity before movies and tv? People have to stop looking to mass and social media for self-esteem.
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The trouble is that racial and ethnic iconography, including color, eye shape, nose length etc . govern our responses to people the second we see them.
cultural_appropriation  cultural_conversations  culture  emotional_connections  identity_politics  inclusiveness  Kwame_Appiah  paradoxes  popular_culture  representation  self-identification  self-worth  visible_minorities  visual_cues 
september 2019 by jerryking
It’s a Diverse City, but Most Big Museum Boards Are Strikingly White
AUG. 22, 2017 | The New York Times | By ROBIN POGREBIN.

Whether arts groups will make real progress is an open question. Cultural organizations have often struggled to identify minority board members capable of meeting the high donations — often millions of dollars — demanded by the city’s leading arts organizations.

“The hardest nut to crack is going to be the boards,” Mr. Finkelpearl said, adding that executives need to think about ways besides money that trustees of color can add value, namely through their art collections, personal connections or professional expertise.
Bill_de_Blasio  Darren_Walker  New_York_City  Manhattan  museums  cultural_institutions  diversity  leadership  curation  Ford_Foundation  visible_minorities  MoMA  boards_&_directors_&_governance  theatre  African-Americans 
august 2017 by jerryking
Samuel L. Jackson and Others on Black British Actors in American Roles - The New York Times
By CHRISTOPHER D. SHEA MARCH 9, 2017
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actors  Black_British  African-Americans  Hollywood  diversity  visible_minorities  television  films  movies 
march 2017 by jerryking
Minorities possible unfairly disqualified from opening bank accounts | mathbabe
August 7, 2013 Cathy O'Neil,

New York State attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman’s investigation into possibly unfair practices by big banks using opaque and sometimes erroneous databases to disqualify people from opening accounts.

Not much hard information is given in the article but we know that negative reports stemming from the databases have effectively banished more than a million lower-income Americans from the financial system, and we know that the number of “underbanked” people in this country has grown by 10% since 2009. Underbanked people are people who are shut out of the normal banking system and have to rely on the underbelly system including check cashing stores and payday lenders....The second, more interesting point – at least to me – is this. We care about and defend ourselves from our constitutional rights being taken away but we have much less energy to defend ourselves against good things not happening to us.

In other words, it’s not written into the constitution that we all deserve a good checking account, nor a good college education, nor good terms on a mortgage, and so on. Even so, in a large society such as ours, such things are basic ingredients for a comfortable existence. Yet these services are rare if not nonexistent for a huge and swelling part of our society, resulting in a degradation of opportunity for the poor.

The overall effect is heinous, and at some point does seem to rise to the level of a constitutional right to opportunity, but I’m no lawyer.

In other words, instead of only worrying about the truly bad things that might happen to our vulnerable citizens, I personally spend just as much time worrying about the good things that might not happen to our vulnerable citizens, because from my perspective lots of good things not happening add up to bad things happening: they all narrow future options.
visible_minorities  discrimination  data  data_scientists  banks  banking  unbanked  equality  equality_of_opportunity  financial_system  constitutional_rights  payday_lenders  Cathy_O’Neil  optionality  opportunity_gaps  low-income 
december 2013 by jerryking
TitusOneNine - Simon Houpt: A hint of hubris mars the afterglow of Obama’s win
11. driver8 wrote:

#10 I agree with much that you say, especially in regards to political under representation of visible minorities. Sadly it remains the case in some contexts both within the US (e.g. Senate) and in both Canada and the UK. In electoral politics that use first past the post voting systems, sadly, it seems that the ethnicity of the electorate remains an important factor in determining outcomes. The visible minority make up of the US is importantly different than for example both Canada and the UK.

Black Americans comprised 27% of the population of New York in the 2000 census. The 2006 census showed about 7% of the population of metropolitan Toronto was black.

In 2000 the black population formed almost 16% of the total population of New York State. In Ontario in 2001 people of African and Caribbean origin were a bit under 5% of the population.

In the 2001 census black Canadians were a little over 2% of the population. In 2000 approximately 13% of Americans reported themselves as black or black and at least one additional “race”.

In the UK progress is being made as parties select more visible minority candidates to stand for election. I don’t know how political parties select candidates in Canada. Is the same happening there?
November 10, 8:15 pm | [comment link]
crossborder  visible_minorities  Toronto  demographic_changes  African-Americans  African_Canadians 
april 2012 by jerryking
FT.com / Companies / US & Canada - Wal-Mart presses suppliers on diversity
By Jonathan Birchall in New York

February 20 2007 22:05 | Last updated: February 20 2007

The initiative follows a drive by Wal-Mart’s legal department – which generates about $200m of business for outside firms annually – to pressure its outside counsel to give more prominence to women and ethnic minorities in key decision-making positions on its account.

The programme led the retailer to take away business from two law firms that failed to meet its objectives, and to stop giving new business to several others.

It also mirrors a similar push by Wal-Mart on environmental issues, as chief executive Lee Scott, seeks to remake the company’s corporate image.

Wal-Mart’s reputation on diversity continues to be overshadowed by a pending class action law suit filed in 2001 that accuses the company of systematically discriminating against its women workers. Wal-Mart rejects the charges made in the suit.
ethnic_communities  visible_minorities  Wal-Mart  supply_chains  diversity  Jonathan_Birchall  inhouse  systemic_discrimination  law_firms  supply_chain_squeeze  class_action_lawsuits  outside_counsel 
november 2011 by jerryking
Canadians are living in an age of deep diversity -
Oct. 14, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | Editorials

A new survey shows, however, that visible minorities are a very heterogeneous group, and that other demographic markers – such as religion and class – can more accurately predict discrimination and other barriers that certain groups face.

The poll of 2,345 Canadians found that Muslims are viewed in a predominantly unfavourable light. Only 43 per cent of Canadians hold a positive view of Muslims. In contrast, three-quarters view blacks, Hispanics and Chinese positively, and 61 per cent view aboriginals positively. Sixty per cent of respondents also viewed relations between the upper and lower classes negatively.
diversity  Canadian  editorials  visible_minorities  heterogeneity 
october 2011 by jerryking
Bloomberg to Use Own Funds in Plan to Aid Minority Youth - NYTimes.com
By MICHAEL BARBARO and FERNANDA SANTOS
Published: August 3, 2011

The administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in a blunt
acknowledgment that thousands of young black and Latino men are cut off
from New York’s civic, educational and economic life, plans to spend
nearly $130 million on far-reaching measures to improve their
circumstances. ...Starting this fall, the administration said it would
place job-recruitment centers in public-housing complexes where many
young black and Latino men live, retrain probation officers in an effort
to reduce recidivism, establish new fatherhood classes and assess
schools on the academic progress of male black and Latino students.
New_York_City  philanthropy  Michael_Bloomberg  George_Soros  visible_minorities 
august 2011 by jerryking
Small, imperfectly formed
Economist | A new study by the Census Bureau’s Centre for
Economic Studies,examines whether minority-owned small businesses are
more likely to fail.
visible_minorities  African-Americans  small_business  start_ups  failure  imperfections 
december 2010 by jerryking
Glass ceilings, sticky floors, and mid-level bottlenecks
September 2010 I Impact . Alison Konrad finds that women and visible minorities are less likely to be promoted than white men
visible_minorities  movingonup  women  workplaces  career_paths  glass_ceilings  bottlenecks  white_men 
october 2010 by jerryking
What Leads to Minority Enrollment into B-School?
September 12, 2005 | GMAC. In response to Googling "how to encourage minority attendance in business school"
ufsc  business_schools  MBAs  enrollment  visible_minorities  decision_making  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2010 by jerryking
Minorities still under-represented in the workplace, study shows
Jun. 11, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Anna Mehler Paperny.
“What gets measured, gets noticed,” said Wendy Cukier, one of the
report’s authors and founder of Ryerson University’s Diversity
Institute.
visible_minorities  under-representation  workplaces  public_sector 
june 2010 by jerryking
'We looked around and we saw the ceiling'
Jan. 15, 2007 | Globe & Mail | by ANTHONY REINHART. The
Toronto area is Canada's capital of diversity, with visible minorities
expected to form more than half the population within a decade. Yet new
research suggests visible minorities are feeling less connected to
Canada, and the next generation seems to feel even less of a bond with
the country. "Job opportunities come up based on who you know, based on
networks," Mr. Dhanani says. "It's a self-reinforcing structure right
now, and that's why the visible minorities who break through are
celebrated in their communities."
Toronto  visible_minorities  alienation  social_networking  job_opportunities  Ismailis  self-employment  glass_ceilings  immigrants  ethnic_communities 
october 2009 by jerryking
Diverse, talented city a laggard on innovation; Other North American metropolitan areas such as Boston and Seattle are doing better at commercializing the ideas generated by their creative class
Aug 17, 2009 | Toronto Star. pg. A.11 | Kevin Stolarick. "We
share the concerns of our colleagues at the University of Toronto Cities
Centre whose recent report, The Three Cities within Toronto, showed
that the city's core is becoming gentrified, with visible minorities
moving to the fringes along major transportation arteries." "As we move
into the creative age, Toronto must continue to build on its strengths -
its multicultural and talented workforce - and leverage these to become
more innovative."
downtown_core  Roger_Martin  Rotman  Toronto  creative_economy  economic_development  strengths  multiculturalism  gentrification  income_inequality  commercialization  visible_minorities 
september 2009 by jerryking

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