whitewashing

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 Black Origins of Memorial Day
A field of U.S. flags on tombstones.

The Black Origins of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is one example of how the whitewashing of U.S. history enables the minimizing of the contributions and injustice of Black people in favor of whiteness.

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Acknowledging the Anti-Blackness in Classical Art
A historical bust from the Roman period sits on a pedestal next to six other statues.

Acknowledging the Anti-Blackness in Classical Art

Historically, interpretations of classical art are based on preconceived notions of anti-blackness when whiteness is seen as the standard.

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Unpack Middle Eastern stereotypes in Hollywood.

The Southwest Asian/North African (SWANA) community is one example of a group that has faced harmful representations and stereotyping in Hollywood. A 2016 report uncovered many findings that support this fact, particularly on television. A majority of television characters from this region (67%) appear in crime or geopolitical dramas. Among those characters, 78% are “trained terrorist/agents/soldiers or tyrants,” which reinforces the stereotype that this group should be understood as a threat. On top of that, two-thirds of all television characters from the Middle East “speak with pronounced foreign accents,” solidifying the idea that those from the region will always be “foreigners” in the United States (MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition). In other words, these findings illustrate how Hollywood co-signs the belief that those in the SWANA community do not and cannot belong within the bounds of the nation.

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