Tag: Minorities

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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The Myths of Voter ID

Usually when some sententious centrist talks about ending partisan polarization and just coming up with “solutions” based on “data” or “studies” or “expert consensus,” the appropriate response is to roll your eyes — the way people have been eye-rolling lately at Howard Schultz of Starbucks and his apparently substance-free vision for an independent presidential campaign. […]

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New York City Public Schools Should Be Evaluated Based on Diversity, Not Just Tests, Panel Says

A high-level panel commissioned by Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the city to adopt a sweeping measure to address entrenched segregation in education: create diversity targets for all 1,800 schools so that their population reflects the racial and economic makeup of the surrounding areas. Over the next five years, the panel recommended, elementary and […]

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Lens: Women of Color Organize for Access and Accountability in Photojournalism

Tara Pixley often felt isolated in the newsrooms where she worked as a photographer or photo editor. As a “black woman who was the child of immigrants, raised by a single mom, and also a first-generation college student,” she struggled for a decade to fit in. She was the only woman of color in the […]

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MoMA to Close, Then Open Doors to More Expansive View of Art

As the Museum of Modern Art begins the final stage of its $400 million overhaul, it will close for four months this summer and autumn to reconfigure its galleries, rehang the entire collection and rethink the way that the story of modern and contemporary art is presented to the public. The Picassos and van Goghs […]

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Blackface Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Over the last month, we’ve learned just how much racism is too much to sustain a career in American politics. It took almost 16 years for House Republicans to reprimand Steve King of Iowa for his frequent expressions of explicit racism, stripping him of his committee assignments. The catalyst? An interview with The New York […]

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Elite Law Firm’s All-White Partner Class Stirs Debate on Diversity

The post appeared on LinkedIn in early December: Paul, Weiss, one of the country’s most prominent and profitable law firms, said it was “pleased to announce” its new partner class. In the image, 12 lawyers looked out at the world, grinning. What followed, however, was nothing to smile about. In short order, people across the […]

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First Words: Is Being a ‘Minority’ Really Just a Matter of Numbers?

Classifying things is tricky, especially when the things you’re trying to classify are people. The groups expand and contract, and the groupers don’t always get the memo. Maybe they missed that, in certain circles, Latino/Latina became Latinx, or that Native Americans also accept “indigenous,” or that L.G.B.T.Q. often takes an “I.A.” at the end. But […]

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U.N.C. Admissions Lawsuit Brings Another Attack on Affirmative Action

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill weighs race so heavily in its admissions process that it is the predominant factor in determining whether many black and Hispanic students get in, according to court papers filed on Friday by an anti-affirmative action group that is also suing Harvard. The group, Students for Fair Admissions, […]

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On Pro Football: The N.F.L.’s Minority Head Coaching Ranks Are Thinning

The number of minority coaches in the N.F.L. is likely to fall by half next season, suggesting that the league’s recent efforts to promote diversity in hiring are still a work in progress. Two weeks after the end of the regular season, nearly every new head coach hired has been white, which is certain to […]

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Asian-Australian Actors, Overlooked at Home, Flourish in Hollywood

MELBOURNE, Australia — They’ve found a home in Hollywood, appearing in some of the biggest films and TV shows of the year. But on a balmy December evening, a group of young Asian-Australian actors were relaxing together in a place where they’re rarely recognized: the country where they grew up. Over beers and cigarettes at […]

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The Rise of Asian Rap Culture with Rich Brian, 88rising, and $tupid Young

A growing number of Asian artists have burst onto the hip-hop scene over the past few years, thanks, in large part, to 88rising—a multimedia company that specializes in signing and amplifying Asian talent. Founder Sean Miyashiro has helped artists like Joji, Higher Brothers, and Rich Brian (formerly known as Rich Chigga) build massive followings and […]

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