Racism and Sexism Online: University of Illinois Chancellor Responds to Hate Comments

When the Chancellor of the University of Illinois didn’t cancel classes due to weather, some people took to the Internet, with racist and sexists comments. How she responded is the real story!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/university-of-illinois-chancellor-responds-to-hate-comments

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“Passing for white and straight: How my looks hide my identity” by Koa Beck/Salon

This personal reflection reveals the nature of race and sexual orientation in the United States, and the related reality of privilege.

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/09/passing_for_white_and_straight_how_my_looks_hide_my_identity/

Gender Double Standards: Pantene Advertisement

This short ad highlights the double standard that women face, especially in the workplace.

http://business.time.com/2013/12/10/pantene-powerfully-breaks-down-every-sexist-workplace-stereotype-in-one-ad

Teaching about Privilege: Microgressions

Sometimes it is hard for dominant culture students to understand the way that power and privilege are enacted in communication. These examples may be helpful.

http://microaggressions.tumblr.com/

And here’s another format, an article about the tumblr site that also describes more about the concept of microaggression: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/racial-microagressions-you-hear-on-a-daily-basis?bffb

‘Ladies, it’s your fault’: Viral video calls out India’s culture of victim-blaming By Rama Lakshmim, Washington Post

Indian women parody the comments blaming victims for rape:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/09/23/ladies-its-your-fault-viral-video-calls-out-indias-culture-of-victim-blaming/

 

Roxane Gay strives to diversify the literary conversation By Emily Keeler/LATimes

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-roxane-gay-diversify-literary-conversation-20130911,0,2016202.story