Skin Color in India

This article by Chryselle D’Silva Dias on Global Post looks at skin color in India and the way some people are fighting back against the view that lighter skin is better. Included is an example of a commercial for a skin whitening cream.

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6743152/2016/03/07/india-unfair-and-lovely

Children’s books & the Lack of Diversity

How does the lack of characters of color in children’s books perpetuate social discrimination and racial prejudice?

Two perspectives  from The New York Times  on the implications of overwhelmingly white characters in children’s literature.

Christopher Myers: The Apartheid of Children’s Literature

Walter Dean Myers: Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project

“The “I, Too, Am Harvard” photo campaign explores the diverse experience that black students at Harvard have to face.”

This happens everywhere, but these students share their experiences and their messages to others:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/21-black-harvard-students-share-their-experiences-through-a

Ani DiFranco, White Feminists, and Racism

There have been quite a few good articles about the problem of racism and white centering among White feminists. If you are not familiar with the current conflict, Ani DiFranco has been criticized for planning a songwriting workshop (since cancelled) at a former plantation in Louisiana. In addition to the lack of sensitivity to the issue of slavery, history, and ongoing racism, DiFranco has been criticized for how the situation was handled after the fact. This post is a good one for those of us who are white to read, examining how we can address our own racism, including what to do when we have inadvertently offended someone (with a great comparison with an accidental physical injury).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-milstein/5-ways-white-feminists-can-address-our-own-racism_b_3955065.html

Related:

The Health Effect of Discrimination – Infographic/Upworthy & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

While we have to be careful about the word “proof,” the correlation between race and various mental and physical health effects are significant.

http://www.upworthy.com/an-effect-of-discrimination-you-might-have-suspected-but-have-never-seen-proven-until-now?c=ufb1