Archive for the ‘Diversity’ Category

Jourdan Dunn Sounds Off on Racism in the Fashion Industry

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

(Fashionista) Earlier this week fashion activist Bethann Hardison (yes, that’s on her Twitter bioput out a call to action: she sent out letters to the governing fashion bodies in each major fashion city (New York, London, Milan, Paris) stating that it can “no longer be accepted” that designers “consistently use one or no models of color.” The result of using an all-white model cast, she said, is “racism” regardless of the reasoning behind it. She went on to call out every offending designer. (See the full listhere.)

Jason Wu was not among them.

Yesterday five models of color walked his show, including rising star Jourdan Dunn, who hasn’t shied away from speaking out about fashion’s racism problem in the past. Earlier this year, after she wasn’t cast in Dior’s couture show (because of her curves) she tweeted, “I’m normally told I’m cancelled because I’m ‘coloured’ so being cancelled because of my boobs is a minor : )”

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Why So Few Women And Minorities At The Top? Here’s The Real Reason

Friday, September 6th, 2013

(Forbes) Only 1% of the nation’s Fortune 500 CEOs are black. Only 4% are women. And not a single one is openly gay. After decades of diversity initiatives and inclusion programs, what’s the problem? That was the question Christie Smithof Deloitte Consulting and NYU Law professorKenji Yoshino asked in their new white paper,Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion.

The report, created for the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion (which Smith heads), seeks to “redefine the conversation around inclusion,” she says. “Clearly the needle has not moved with regard to the representation of women and minorities in the senior ranks. The initiatives that companies have spent millions on are, at some level, not allowing women or minorities to break the glass ceiling into the executive suite, so we wanted to step back and answer the question ‘what’s going on here’?”

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The Most Common Ethnicities In America

Friday, August 16th, 2013

(Business Insider) Ancestry is a broad concept. While we revise our feature on the most common ethnicities in America, presented below is the data we used to identify the dominant flavors in the great melting pot.

The tables come from Census data on generalAsian, Hispanic or Latino, and American Indian populations.



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Gallup: Approval Of Black/White Intermarriage At An All-Time High

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

(Mediaite) And in other news, we’re still asking about black-white intermarriage. In one of several recent Gallup polls on racial issues, approval of black people marrying white people has ticked up a whole percentage point since 2011, to 87%, and is even at 84% among white people. However, 75% of white people still don’t understand that the American justice system is biased against black people, and while a majority of white people and black people support affirmative action, the also don’t. Finally, black and Hispanic people don’t really care if you call them black or African American, and Hispanic or Latino. That will be a relief to all the people in 1991 who are still wondering about that.

The intermarriage and criminal justice questions suffer from the same assumption that other recent polls have, which is that the demarcation line on these questions must necessarily be race. Gallup didn’t even bother to crosstab these questions by party or ideology, which severely hampers their usefulness.

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Diversity in newsrooms stagnates

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

(Politico) The Atlantic's Riva Gold looks at recent data from the American Society of News Editors showing stagnation in the rise of minorities in America's newsrooms:  

At a time when non-whites make up roughly 37 percent of the U.S. population, the percentage of minorities in the newsroom has fallen to 12.37 percent from its 13.73 percent high in 2006. In last year's 2012 ASNE study, overall newsroom employment was down 2.4 percent, but the picture looked much worse – down 5.7 percent – for minorities.

This means that fewer minorities are getting the opportunity to work in news, and news organizations are losing their ability to empower , represent, –and especially in cases where language ability is crucial, even to report on minority populations in their communities."

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Cheerios stands by inter-racial family ad

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

(Detroit News) A mom sits at her kitchen table writing something down when her grade schooler saunters up with a big box of Cheerios.

“Mom,” says the girl. “Yes, honey?” mom responds. “Dad told me Cheerios is good for your heart. Is that true?”

Mom glances at the box, noting that it says the whole-grain oats inside are “heart healthy.”

Cut to dad napping on the living room couch. He stirs and starts to sit up, sending a pile of Cheerios on his upper chest (where his heart is) crunchily cascading to cushions and floor.

The message is in line with the company’s long-running Heart Healthy campaign, except this 30-second ad features a black dad, white mom and biracial child and produced enough vitriol on YouTube last week that Cheerios requested the comments section be turned off.

This week, the company is standing by the fictitious family, which reflects a black-white racial mix uncommon in commercials today, especially in ads on TV, at a time when interracial and interethnic couples are on the rise in real life.

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The Top Ten Tech Companies for Diversity

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

(Baseline) As enterprises continue to expand globally, the significance of diversity hiring and promoting practices cannot be undervalued. Businesses that fail to grasp this will find themselves at a significant competitive disadvantage as they attempt to win over new international markets. With this in mind, DiversityInc has come out with its annual"Top 50 Companies for Diversity" list. More than 890 organizations took part in the survey, from which DiversityInc compiled its rankings. At the top of the list is Sodexo, the high-profile provider of integrated food and facilities management services. However, as an exclusive for Baseline, DiversityInc has also produced the following list of the top 10 technology companies for diverse hiring and leadership representation practices. (Important note: DiversityInc uses the term "black" in its reporting rather than "African American" because of the wealth of professionals from international nations who benefit from the included companies' diversity initiatives.)

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This year’s Indianapolis 500 ‘princesses’ become the target of criticism over the fact that they are all white

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


(Mail Online) The all-white makeup of the 33 women chosen to be ambassadors of this year's Indianapolis 500 Festival has sparked a vitriolic debate over diversity within the racing culture.

Columnist Erika D. Smith highlighted the homogeneity of the Indy 500 'princesses' - a group that is selected from hundreds of applicants every year – in a piece for the Indianapolis Star, in which she suggests that their lack of diversity stems from an broader minority deficit among racing fans.

'As a non-native Hoosier, I couldn’t begin to hazard a guess as to why minorities seem to avoid the Indianapolis Motor Speedway like the plague,' Smith writes. 'Whatever the reason, though, it’s likely at the core of why all 33 of this year’s 500 Festival princesses are white. And it’s the reason that they are almost all white every year.'

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A fascinating map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries

Sunday, May 19th, 2013


(Washington Post) When two Swedish economists set out to examine whether economic freedom made people any more or less racist, they knew how they would gauge economic freedom, but they needed to find a way to measure a country’s level of racial tolerance. So they turned to something called the World Values Survey, which has been measuring global attitudes and opinions for decades.

Among the dozens of questions that World Values asks, the Swedish economists found one that, they believe, could be a pretty good indicator of tolerance for other races. The survey asked respondents in more than 80 different countries to identify kinds of people they would not want as neighbors. Some respondents, picking from a list, chose “people of a different race.” The more frequently that people in a given country say they don’t want neighbors from other races, the economists reasoned, the less racially tolerant you could call that society. (The study concluded that economic freedom had no correlation with racial tolerance, but it does appear to correlate with tolerance toward homosexuals.)

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Teen Clothing Brand Slapped With $7.5 Million Fine After Racism Allegations

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

(Business Insider) Teen clothing brand Wet Seal has reached a $7.5 million settlement over allegations that it horrendously discriminated against employees of color, because they didn't have the "white," "blue eye," "thin and blond" look the brand wanted, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Three former managers filed the lawsuit last year, accusing the nationwide retail chain of actively firing and denying raises and promotions to black workers. One plaintiff, former manager Kai Hawkins, said that her boss threatened to fire her unless she hired more white employees. Another, Nicole Codgell, claimed that she was fired the day after the company's senior vice president for store operations toured several outlets and sent an email to lower managers, "African American dominate — huge issue." 

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