What does bias look like? Part III

Sometimes the biases we experience in everyday life have nothing to do with what was said, but can take the form of a look received when entering a room, the clutching of a purse when you walk by, or even the toys you grew up with. This week, we’re taking a look at microaggressions that take place through an action or are just present in your surroundings. Check out posts from earlier this week here.

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Peter Pan gets “in touch” with his Native American side.

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The Rugrats dressed as “Native Americans.”

Every year at Halloween, Coachella and countless other reasons to go out and get drunk events nationwide, non-Native American people dress up in costume appropriating a culture most of them know nothing about. This act of donning a headdress as Peter Pan, Tommy, and the twins do isn’t cool and can quite easily turn into a situation like this: 

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Nobody wants to be this guy. 

What does bias look like? part II

Sometimes the biases we experience in everyday life have nothing to do with what was said, but can take the form of a look received when entering a room, the clutching of a purse when you walk by, or even the toys you grew up with. This week, we’re taking a look at microaggressions that take place through an action or are just present in your surroundings. Check out posts from earlier this week here.

 

A boy’s toy doctor playset, and a girl’s toy nurse playset.

 From an early age, girls and boys are encouraged to think about the types of careers they want to aspire to—the nurse set in this picture wouldn’t encourage too many little boys to be nurses and equally the doctor kit with the boy on the cover signals to little girls in the toy aisle “this isn’t for you.” As messed up as it is, we all know girls can be doctors and boys can be nurses and there are no right or wrong careers by gender—do what makes you happy.  

The coolest 16-year-olds in Brooklyn…who also happen to practice ballet at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and have Misty Copeland as a mentor! Follow along here as we spend a ‘Day in the Life’ of Shaakir and Naazir and see what it’s like to be black and a guy in ballet. 

What does bias look like? part I

Sometimes the biases we experience in everyday life have nothing to do with what was said, but can take the form of a look received when entering a room, the clutching of a purse when you walk by, or even the toys you grew up with. This week, we’re taking a look at microaggressions that take place through an action or are just present in your surroundings. 

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Justin Bieber touches Esperanza Spalding’s ‘fro. 

Hey we get it, if Esperanza Spalding and all her hair glory were sitting next to us, we’d prob want to go for it too. But, I think we all saw the side eye Esperanza threw the Biebz’ way, and not without reason. Having someone touch, pet, or pat your hair can feel like being some exotic, alien spectacle as opposed to another human being. Pro tip: generally hair will feel like hair, no matter the ethnicity of the person.