Another week has come and gone, and with it the usual crop of diversity –related stories – some of them hopeful, some of them discouraging, some of them just plain bizarre. In our weekly MIXLY roundup post, we choose five we want to make sure our readers didn’t miss.
This story pretty clearly falls somewhere in the intersection of “discouraging” and “bizarre.” The sketch, published on Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital YouTube channel, is, unfortunately, exactly what the title promises – a sex tape starring Underground Railroad and Civil War hero Harriett Tubman. More interesting than the frankly unfunny video is the conversation it’s produced, including this excellent piece by Salon’s Brittney Cooper, asking “Does Anybody Care About Black Women?”
This week a federal judge ruled the NYPD’s controversial stop and frisk program unconstitutional for the very reason it has been criticized by numerous liberals and advocates for people of color. According to Judge Shira Scheidlin “This is a form of racial profiling.”
Opponents of affirmative action often claim that their position is the one not born out of racial bias. It was a stance easier to take seriously before sociologists released research showing that whites only supported basing college admissions decisions on test scores and GPA until they were told that that approach was most likely to favor Asian applicants.
While Brittney Cooper referenced Jamilah Lemiux’s #blackpowerisforblackmen in her response to the “Harriet Tubman sex tape,” Mikki Kendall was raising awareness about the place of women of color in feminism with her trending #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen. Created in response to the social media ranting of “male feminist” Hugo Schwyzer, the hashtag has engendered a needed conversation about the treatment of women of color in the feminist movement.
Finally, WWE wrestler Darren Young brought a little bit more diversity to the world of professional wrestling, becoming the first World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler to come out publicly. To see it happen, check out the delightful TMZ interview above.
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