Barney’s Lawsuit Puts Spotlight On Race And Branding/NPR

There have beenseveral publicized cases recently of Barney’s (and other retailers, including Macy’s) customers who are black being questioned by employees and police, after buying expensive items. A college student has sued and many are accusing the store of racism.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=242277354

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One Easy Thing All White People Could Do That Would Make The World A Better Place

Two sisters — one looks white, the other black. Here’s what happened when they went to the store. Spoiler alert: they weren’t treated the same way.

http://www.upworthy.com/one-easy-thing-all-white-people-could-do-that-would-make-the-world-a-better-place-5

“Wince: George and Trayvon” by Andy Johnson

As I post this, closing arguments are underway in the George Zimmerman trial, a case that is wrapped in issues of identity, stereotyping, perceptions, justice, and race. As we examine Trayvon’s death and George’s trial (and all the related media and framing), this piece, written shortly after Trayvon’s death by my friend Andy Johnson, provides an opportunity for reflection.

 

http://lunchticket.org/wince-george-and-trayvon/

Does Disney’s Tonto Reinforce Stereotypes Or Overcome Them? – NPR Story

I’m a big fan of Johnny Depp, but his casting as Tonto raises some serious questions about authenticity, stereotyping, and opportunities for minorities in many careers. This story does a good job of examining some of the issues.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/07/02/196333864/does-disneys-tonto-reinforce-stereotypes-or-overcome-them