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Saturday, April 7, 2012

White Privilege Conference

I returned from the WPC 13 in Albuquerque last week, and it was again, tremendously thought-provoking. I wrote this essay, "Some thoughts from a white first time attendee of the White Privilege Conference for other white attendees," last year and would like to share it with you. WPC14 will be in Seattle next year, April 10-13, 2013 and will continue to develop its exploration of socially just parenting. Please consider joining the discussion.

Latinos in Hollywood and Mock Spanish

My sister sent me this link about stereotypes for Latinos in Hollywood. It is a reminder that the media we view has a perspective and message, which is often not the message we want to encourage or receive. Esai Morales talks about stereotypes from a male perspective and it would also be interesting to examine the way Latinas are stereotyped in Hollywood.

On a more academic note, Dr. Jane Hill, emeritus professor of linguistics and anthropology at the University of Arizona, has written extensively about the racist discourse of Mock Spanish which references the stereotypes Mr. Morales describes. Take a look at her essay, Mock Spanish: A Site For The Indexical Reproduction Of Racism In American English. The first chapter of her excellent book, The Everyday Language of White Racism, is also linked in the left hand column.