Media & Culture

Analyzing how race is shaped through media and pop culture.

What MLK Boulevards Teach Us About Collective Forgetting
A green street sign of MLK boulevard on the corner of a street.

What MLK Boulevards Teach Us About Collective Forgetting

The memorialization of social justices leaders and victims, as in the case of MLK boulevards, is meaningless without systemic change.

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The Growing Threat of Police Surveilling Social Media
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The Growing Threat of Police Surveilling Social Media

Police surveillance of social media often relies on data riddled with human error or interpreted with bias, which harms communities of color.

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How Philanthropy Upholds White Supremacy
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How Philanthropy Upholds White Supremacy

Understanding how philanthropy works is vital when advocating for change and more diversified power over how money flows to our communities.

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The Perils of Mexican Journalism and the Role of the U.S.
A person holding a protest poster squats to fix a candle memorial for one of nine Mexican journalists killed recently.

The Perils of Mexican Journalism and the Role of the U.S.

The influx of Mexican journalists killed in the past decade are deeply connected to the U.S., which has backed the policies that increased their risk of reporting.

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The Cruelty of Hostile Architecture
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The Cruelty of Hostile Architecture

Hostile architecture is an inhumane corporate and governmental response to the unhoused crisis that started in the 1980s. 

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2400 1600 Andrew Lee
Why Checking In On Your Coworker Often Falls Flat
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Why Checking In On Your Coworker Often Falls Flat

Is it appropriate to check in with a friend or colleague to show support in the aftermath of a major attack against a marginalized community?

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2400 1600 Nicole Cardoza
Reject the Use of Reductive Statements in Social Discourse
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Reject the Use of Reductive Statements in Social Discourse

Reductive statements in political and social discourse don’t help resolve these injustices but further uphold a broken, inequitable system.

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2400 1600 Dominique Stewart
Please Don’t Have a Plantation Wedding and Other Atrocities in U.S. Culture
A hand holds a bouquet of cotton, lavender, and eucalyptus. On top is two gold wedding rings.

Please Don’t Have a Plantation Wedding and Other Atrocities in U.S. Culture

Estranging historical tragedies like slavery and genocide as relics of the past, unrelated to modern times, wrongly validates the hosting of plantation weddings and other cruelties in U.S history.

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2400 1600 Andrew Lee
Respect the Roots of Black Hair
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Respect the Roots of Black Hair

Cultural appropriation of Black hairstyles is harmful, considering how Black people continue to experience hair discrimination.

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The Misuse of “Wokeness” Under White Supremacy
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The Misuse of “Wokeness” Under White Supremacy

The use of the phrase “woke” has strayed far from its roots and has been co-opted by conservatives and mainstream culture to discredit calls for accountability and justice.

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2400 1602 Nicole Cardoza