Author: Ari Dunn

Social Media’s Influence on Colorism Within the African American Community

Social media is a platform used by the majority of society today.  On social media, you are allowed to voice your opinion, as well as partake in trends that eventually become social norms.  Social media is also a place where many find their social group or community.  Black twitter is a term used to refer to the African-American community’s behavior on the website which is commonly known to make a serious topic funny or to discuss issues within the African American community.  The infamous debate #teamlightskin vs #teamlightskin was born on black twitter and has resulted in discrimination within...

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Oppression Amongst the Oppressed

  Oppression and discrimination in today’s society are two very familiar concepts to minority groups.  As a black female living in the United States of America I am the upmost familiar with them.  These concepts exist in different forms depending on the minority group. Although many minority groups are oppressed and discriminated against in society, is it possible for it to exist within the minority group? With oppression and discrimination existing through structured racism, as well as sexism in todays society, it has prompted the discrimination within minority groups.  These concepts exist within the African American minority group with...

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Social Media & Its Influence

Sex is the biological characteristics of woman and men while gender is a socially constructed definition of the two.  Gender and gender roles are very prevalent in today’s society although they aren’t usually thought about in depth.  “Gender is such a familiar part of daily life that it usually takes a deliberate disruption of our expectations of how women and men are supposed to act to pay attention to how it is produced. Gender signs and signals are so ubiquitous that we usually fail to note them – unless they are missing or ambiguous” (Judith Lorber). A gender role...

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Its Bigger than a Hairstyle

The nation’s history began with a diversely mixed wave of immigrants who brought their own cultures and traditions to America, giving the country the nick name the melting pot.  Culture is the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group and the characteristic features of everyday existence, as diversions or a way of life, shared by people in a place or time, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.  People take pride in their cultures due to the unique practices and traditions associated with it.  Minority groups such as African Americans, Latina, Native Americans, and the...

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