Guardian commentator Gary Younge comments on how material improvements in the lives of those without privilege continues to threaten those who benefit from it by examining responses to Coca-Cola’s controversial America the Beautiful Superbowl commercial.
“Governments, schools and companies keep track of your race. The statistics are used to track the proportion of blacks and whites who graduate from school. They tell us how many people identify themselves as Native American or Asian. They help us measure health disparities. But there’s a problem with all those statistics — and the deeper way we think about race.”
Rosa Finnegan, 102, reflects on changing her ideas about race.
For Valentine’s Day, NPR reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji looked at race in love songs. In her words:
“You don’t hear pop stars crooning about miscegenation these days. But, as we know, coupling up across racial and ethnic lines is happening now more than ever. The 2010 census showed that interracial and inter-ethnic married couples grew by nearly 30 percent in 10 years.
So if pop music is a reflection of the issues of the day, why aren’t we bobbing our heads and shaking our hips to more songs with lyrics about cross-cultural lovin’?”
Here’s the story (text and audio link): http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/02/14/276782537/pop-music-lags-dealing-with-interracial-love-anxieties?sc=17&f=3
Racial classifications change over time… based on how we think we are perceived and social circumstances.
Proof that race may indeed be socially constructed.
Listen to the whole story here.
Any trip to the toy store shows how gender norms are reinforced. Here’s how one girl reacted to the gender disparities in Legos: