Author: Jasmine Bandy

No Place for Racism in MY Workplace

As a black female about to graduate from a four year university with a degree in political communication, I often worry about my career choice. I recently interviewed for a job in New Orleans at a law firm and realized that the only other black person that I saw in the entire building with 37 floors, was the cleaning lady I encountered in the downstairs restroom. She saw I had on a pencil skirt with an ironed blouse tucked in it and asked me if I worked there. I informed her that I was actually about to attend an...

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Sex and Technology: an equation worth solving

Technology has changed impeccably over the past few years. It is easy to overlook the impact that technology has on the world we live in because, it is now a part of our everyday lives. We look to technology to fulfill our everyday needs. These needs can range from anything between entertainment needs to informing us on current events. Sometimes, we overlook how great of an impact technology can have on our lives. But when does the situation shift from a ‘great’ impact to a potentially ‘detrimental’ impact? Sexuality is a touchy subject in our society. Although we love to pretend like sexuality is full of preferences and choices, it really is about self-identity and no options. So where does technology come in? We use our phones to send sexualized photos to our Instagram accounts and we also use the ‘like’ and ‘thumbs down’ feature on Facebook to share our opinions on Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriage. There are television shows that people watch that have story-lines entangled with lesbian love scenes and bisexual love affairs. When we see these concepts on television, we not only get accustomed to these concepts, we also internalize the standards that the media sets for these concepts as well. Orange is the New Black is a television show that involves many aspects of sexuality. Oh, and get this! You can only watch...

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We Don’t Have Opinions, The Media Creates Them For Us

Media has a major implication in today’s modern day standards and stereotypes. It has the power to sway the mindset and opinion of any person in our country. Media outlets vary from television shows to Snapchat. Nonetheless, media has been setting the tone for issues such as women’s rights for decades. This critical thought paper will analyze how women’s rights and transgender rights are portrayed in the media in modern society. When analyzing genderism, sexism, and racism, one must first understand the difference between heteronormativity and homonormativity. The term heteronormativity is defined as a system that works to normalize...

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Analyzing appropriation within African american culture Every ethnicity that has ever existed contains a culture. Cultural appropriation is known as “taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artifacts from someone else’s culture without permission” (Nittle Race Relations Expert, 2017). This paper will analyze how concepts such as internalized racism, structural racism and privilege have a problematic effect on African American culture. More importantly, it will analyze certain cases of appropriation and how the concepts that were previously mentioned have affected African American culture as a whole. In the 1950s, white musicians borrowed the style of music that African Americans used. African Americans were not widely accepted in society at the time. Therefore, record executives chose to have white artists replicate the sound and style of music that African Americans were creating. This is how the misconception that rock-n-roll has become largely associated with whites. The fact is, African Americans were pioneers of the art form known as rock-n-roll ((Nittle Race Relations Expert, 2017). In 2013, Miley Cyrus decided to “twerk” at her VMA performance. Even in her music video for the song “We Can’t Stop” includes her surrounding herself with African American females and proceeding to twerk. Twerking is a dance known to be performed by African American females. It originated in the early 90s via the New Orleans bounce scene. It is of African origin and is often perceived...

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