Who We Be

‘“Who We Be” is hefty. It looks and feels like a coffee table book with a lot of art and thick paper.’ –Rinku Sen

Jeff Chang, journalist and director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, has recently published his latest book ‘Who We Be: The Colorization of America’. Big books.  Understanding.

‘…you will actually want to read it.’ –Rinku Sen

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A Noose Is No Laughing Matter

Three county government workers are reprimanded over one of them making a noose and joking about it in jest with a co-worker. This is clearly no laughing matter, but many of us joke around, and often times, at the expense of others’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc. How do you deal with the insensitivity of others? Click here to read more about this incident and see video of local news coverage.

Midterm Elections Are Boring But Important

Turns out people vote less during midterm elections. Well, no surprise there. But young voters are especially less likely to vote during the midterms, which most importantly decide who controls the U.S. Senate. If you thought Congress was gridlocked in historic proportions, get ready for more of the same — Republicans stand to take over Congress completely this November.

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A MMXLII Murder Mystery?

If you’re a frequent visitor to MMXLII.com then it should really come as no surprise that America faces a boom in diversity that’s impacting every level of our society. This is old news. And as the US becomes  more diverse, there are a number of unfortunate and culturally confusing circumstances that can arise. Take for instance, the case of then 17-year-old Adnan Syed.

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The Diversity Gap in Congress Is Doomed to Get Worse

“Last week BuzzFeed reported that backers of Rep. Steve Southerland had thrown the Florida Republican a men-only fundraiser earlier this year. The invitation came complete with instructions that attendees should “tell the missus not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth and the issues to discuss are many.”  This comes from a recent fivethirtyeight article by David Wasserman, who paints the sad reality that the Republicans will likely keep the House in the upcoming elections while the share of women and minorities in the GOP House goes down from 14 percent to 11 percent.

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The Racial Diversity Struggle in the Gaming Industry

Game developers discuss race and racism in the gaming industry at IndieCade. “Being from New York I’ve had a lot of opportunities to be around a lot of diverse people, and then I started working in technology and I realized that I was the only black woman that was actually in a technical role which was kind of terrifying,” said indie developer Catt Small. Click here to read more.

Should Columbus Day Still Be Celebrated?

Seems like every year this topic comes up and after the news cycle is over we move on. Nevertheless, despite all the known facts regarding Christopher Columbus’ behavior in the New World, should he be celebrated as a significant historical figure? John Oliver puts it best yet again on his show Last Week Tonight.

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