Study sheds light on the diverse and intriguing ways minorities use humor as a defense against prejudice
A study published in the European Journal of Psychology suggests that minority group members sometimes use humor to shield themselves from prejudice. It appears that humor can even be used to exert a level of control over majority group members.Past research on intergroup humor has overlooked minority group members’ use of humor when handling everyday interactions with majority group members.“In our research,” study authors Anna Dobai and Nick Hopkins say, “we consider how Hungarian Roma report seeking to manage their interactions with the non-Roma majority in Hungary. Specifically, we conside...
The irony of skin lightening and black lives matter
Black Lives Matter activism has jolted the skin lightener industry. In June, manufacturers of skin lighteners joined other corporations in voicing support for the racial justice movement. Critics quickly pointed out the hypocrisy of voicing such support in the US while continuing to sell skin whitening products globally. Such products, they say, play off of and promote racism and colourism (which is prejudice based on preference for people with lighter skin tones) in Asia and Africa.Manufacturers’ responses have varied. Johnson & Johnson agreed to stop selling Neutrogena Fine Fairness and Clea...
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazilian gravediggers face increased prejudice
Vila Formosa Cemetery is the largest in São Paulo | Image:: Léu Britto/Agência MuralThis story was written by Lucas Veloso. It is published here under a content partnership between Global Voices and Agência Mural.Open graves, coffins and relatives’ tears are part of the work routine of James Alan Gomes, a resident of Cidade Tiradentes in eastern São Paulo, Brazil. He is one of the more than 400 gravediggers that work in the city's public cemeteries.James has been working as a gravedigger in São Paulo for over five years, a profession which is often met with prejudice. “There are people today w...
Instagram acknowledges prejudice on platform, promises change
On Monday, Instagram published a blog post admitting to the presence of racial prejudice on the platform, specifically that against black subscribers. Following this confession, the company announced that it's taking a series of actions to reduce, and hopefully, put an end to this discrimnation.On Monday, the Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, published an article to the company's blog acknowledging the existence of racial disrcrimination on the platform and directly within the company, promising that he and his team would work to reduce this and outlining a plan of action to combat it. In short...
6 Latinx Stereotypes In Films That You Should Never, Ever, Believe
There's an old and dreadful prejudice currently spreading throughout the U.S. faster than almost any other time in history, and it's doing a tragic amount of harm. Due to Trump's rise to power and the mainstream adoption of his hateful, xenophobic, and racist rhetoric, many minorities in America are suffering unjust consequences—among them the Latinx community.Trump's anti-immigration agenda has been built precisely on spreading false stereotypes associated with Latinxs, appealing to baseless fear and irrational concerns to promote general distrust towards them. And it's been working. The El P...
China denounces US Tibet report as 'full of prejudice'
Beijing (AFP) - Beijing on Tuesday denounced a US report accusing the Chinese government of impeding access to Tibet as "full of prejudice" and warned that continued interference in the Himalayan region could damage US-China relations.The US State Department's report "disregards the facts, is full of prejudice and the Chinese side will never accept it", said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a press briefing in Beijing."We urge the US side to... stop using Tibet-related issues to interfere in China's internal affairs so as not to cause damage to China-US relations and cooperati...