Tag: Minorities

Yes, African-Americans Drink Bourbon. You’d Never Know It From the Marketing.

Who is the typical bourbon drinker? Judging by the marketing for most whiskeys, a safe guess would be a white man, of middle age, and Southern by birth or at least aspiration. It could be a blond woman in full Kentucky Derby pastels, holding a mint julep. Many people would probably not picture someone like […]

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Pete Buttigieg Confronts Race and Identity in Speech to Gay Group

LAS VEGAS — Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., on Saturday directly confronted one of his biggest vulnerabilities as a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination: running as a white man who has led a life of relative privilege at a time when many in his party are eager for a woman or […]

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The Trip I Hope All African-Americans Can Take

At a naming ceremony in the home of my host family in Lagos, Nigeria, I wore brightly colored traditional clothing — a long, rectangular skirt tied tightly around my waist and an off-the-shoulder top with short, flared cuffs, all in a pink ankara pattern with a matching head wrap. “Please stand,” said my host, who […]

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The Interpreter: ‘Overrun,’ ‘Outbred,’ ‘Replaced’: Why Ethnic Majorities Lash Out Over False Fears

Ask a member of Sri Lanka’s dominant ethnic group why the country seems plagued by racial and religious strife, which is resurging in the wake of terrifying Islamist terrorist attacks, and you will often get the same answer. We are fighting for our very survival, they’ll say. Though the Sinhalese, who are mostly Buddhist, make […]

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The Emergence of India’s Rahul Gandhi

India has started to vote in the general elections, a seven-phase process involving 900 million voters, whose results will be known on May 23. Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, who is leading the campaign for his governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is not dwelling on his record in office or his plans […]

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Should a White Man Be the Face of the Democratic Party in 2020?

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — As Peter Johnson and Emily Neal waited for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to arrive at Barley’s, a brick-lined sports bar in southwestern Iowa, they gamed out possible nominees in the Democratic presidential primary. Mr. Johnson, a 27-year-old law student, said the large field was a great equalizer, and “if at the end […]

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Demonizing Minority Women

Last month at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, delivered a speech in which she correctly derided Islamophobia, a real and persistent problem in this country and others. In that speech, Representative Omar invoked the attacks […]

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One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority

The Chinese government has drawn wide international condemnation for its harsh crackdown on ethnic Muslims in its western region, including holding as many as a million of them in detention camps. Now, documents and interviews show that the authorities are also using a vast, secret system of advanced facial recognition technology to track and control […]

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Under Modi, a Hindu Nationalist Surge Has Further Divided India

NEW DELHI — In the machine tools market in the catacombs of Old Delhi, Muslims dominate the business stalls. But at night, they say, they are increasingly afraid to walk alone. And when they talk politics, their voices drop to a whisper. “I could be lynched right now and nobody would do anything about it,” […]

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With Pressure and Persuasion, China Deflects Criticism of Its Camps for Muslims

In the opulent halls of the Emirates Palace hotel, a seat of power in Abu Dhabi where 114 domes decorate the vast rooftop, a delegation of about a dozen Chinese diplomats lobbied foreign ministers of the Muslim world last month. China has been fighting criticism that it has detained as many as one million members […]

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Trump to Puerto Rico: Who’s Your Daddy?

Donald Trump’s lie-filled rage tweets about Puerto Rico this week over disaster aid continue a Trump pattern that mirrors a method that white supremacists have used throughout American history. Particularly present since Reconstruction, this method involves proclaiming that minorities lack the character and capacity to create effective government, and therefore minority-led jurisdictions are a hopeless […]

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The Real Joe Biden Decision

At some point soon, Joe Biden is going to have to make two decisions. The first is whether he wants to run for the Democratic nomination. The second is whether he wants to win it, and at what cost. Right now, even after some slippage, Biden has the highest polling numbers of any candidate in […]

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The White-Extinction Conspiracy Theory Is Bonkers

“The Great Replacement” is a racist and misogynistic conspiracy theory that holds that white people face existential decline, even extinction, because of rising immigration in the West and falling birthrates among white women (caused, of course, by feminism). That’s pretty much the whole argument; as a bit of rhetoric, the theory is about as deep […]

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Americans Are Divided by Their Views on Race, Not Race Itself

Amid the uproar over the Ralph Northam blackface photograph, a Washington Post poll asked Virginians if he should remain governor. The results were striking: Only 48 percent of whites felt that he should stay in office. That percentage was exceeded by the nearly 60 percent of black Virginians who thought Mr. Northam should remain. In […]

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Netflix Has Turned Its Back on Latinos

In Netflix’s Cuban-American family sitcom, “One Day at a Time,” Rita Moreno’s punchy one-liners are a complete delight. Justina Machado, who stars as single mom Penelope Alvarez, triggers a sobfest every time she delivers an utterly vulnerable monologue. The series tackles issues from homophobia to colorism with sensitivity and insight, and offers Latinos — members […]

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In Most Diverse House, Aides of Color Join the Ranks of ‘Firsts’

WASHINGTON — A day after House Democrats retook the majority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a message to her colleagues that would soon be adopted as a creed. “We know that the diversity in our ranks is a strength,” Ms. Pelosi wrote, “and a reflection of the American people that it is our great honor to […]

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Google Moves to Address Wage Equity, and Finds It’s Underpaying Many Men

SAN FRANCISCO — When Google conducted a study recently to determine whether the company was underpaying women and members of minority groups, it found that more men than women were receiving less money for doing similar work. The surprising conclusion to the latest version of the annual study contrasted sharply with the experience of women […]

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For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’

BALTIMORE — It was not an overt incident of racism that prompted Edray Goins, an African-American mathematician in the prime of his career, to abandon his tenured position on the faculty of a major research university last year. The hostilities he perceived were subtle, the signs of disrespect unspoken. There was the time he was […]

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The Lonely Life of a Black Talent Agent in Hollywood

Movies like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” don’t come around all that often partly because of how projects are put together. Chances are the people brokering those deals — and determining who gets in the door and what stories are told — are white. Pushes for greater diversity onscreen have been mirrored in some […]

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