Media & Culture

Analyzing how race is shaped through media and pop culture.

“White Labor,” a Pair of Levi’s Jeans, and the Chinese Exclusion Act
Five pairs of blue jeans in different washes hang on wooden hangers on a wooden rack. The different washes range from light blue gray to dark blue.

“White Labor,” a Pair of Levi’s Jeans, and the Chinese Exclusion Act

A pair of vintage Levi’s jeans sold in an auction had the brand’s old slogan, “the only kind made by white labor,” printed on its pockets.

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2400 1600 Nicole Cardoza
Effective Altruism: Get Rich to Help the Poor?
A human figurine reading a book sits on top of a disorganized stack of coins with its legs crossed.

Effective Altruism: Get Rich to Help the Poor?

How the tenets of effective altruism and billionaire philanthropy often come at the expense of human exploitation.

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2400 1600 Andrew Lee
Blackface in the Digital Age
A 3D computer rendering of a human with a Black body but a white head.

Blackface in the Digital Age

How social spaces and tech profit off the exploitative use of Blackness and racial stereotypes in a repackaged and digitized version of blackface.

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The Meaning of “White Lives Matter”
Protestors holding signs crowd together. One sign in the center of the crowd reads, "No lives matter until Black Lives Matter."

The Meaning of “White Lives Matter”

How a slogan, often used to derail calls for racial justice, originated from the imagined white victimhood and upholding of white supremacy.

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2400 1600 Andrew Lee
Why Empathy is Important for Social Change
A silhouette of a child holding an umbrella for themselves and a smaller kid outside on a grass field in overcast weather.

Why Empathy is Important for Social Change

Learn how addressing social and racial injustices requires moving beyond self-centeredness and becoming more empathetic.

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2400 1600 Dominique Stewart
The Mythology of Trump’s White Working Class
A person wearing a blue hard hat and neon-colored construction vest hammers a nail into a wooden panel on a roof.

The Mythology of Trump’s White Working Class

How solely blaming working-class white people for racism is a way of disguising class prejudice, and ignores their contribution to movements.

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QAnon: Fringe Beliefs, Fascism, and the Real Conspiracies
A person holds a sign that reads "Save the Children."

QAnon: Fringe Beliefs, Fascism, and the Real Conspiracies

Conspiracy theories, QAnon, can promote bigoted narratives and impede our ability to fight for social justice.

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2400 1600 Andrew Lee
Identifying Your Role in the Movement
A Timelapse of people walking on a crosswalk on a busy street during the day.

Identifying Your Role in the Movement

There are many domestic and global issues calling for our attention, and it might be hard to know where to start. But when we can identify how we can help, the path towards change might become easier.

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2400 1600 Nicole Cardoza
How the Obsession with True Crime Harms Victims
A person in a tucked in white shirt is escorted by police in handcuffs as people watch. The photo is from the Netflix series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

How the Obsession with True Crime Harms Victims

The backlash following the Netflix series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story highlights how the genre re-harms victims and their families

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Right to Be: How to Use Bystander Intervention to Combat Harassment
People in an underground atrium are standing and walking. People that are walking are distorted to show movement.

Right to Be: How to Use Bystander Intervention to Combat Harassment

Bystander intervention is a tool to empower people to intervene when witnessing harassment against marginalized people.

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2400 1607 Andrew Lee