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What to do about a friend who is becoming a hater?

Someone close to me (a man) is developing an increasingly conservative, even bigoted, viewpoint on a number of topics. Please help me figure out what the hell is going on and what I can do about it. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Oct 13, 2013 - 38 answers

Children's books that include children of color?

I'm looking for board books that do not just portray white children. Books appropriate for ages 1-4 would be fine, but I'm buying for a 2-year-old so a bit on the simpler side is better. Thank you!
posted by the young rope-rider on Sep 23, 2013 - 47 answers

Tactic for a 24h team mountainbike relay race

We are a team of 6 mountainbikers participating for the first time on a 24h mountainbike relay race. The final ranking is based on the # of laps your team covered. Which relay tactic could/would work best? [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Sep 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Best motivational and enthusiastic cheers for race spectators to use?

"You got this!" "Looking good! Looking strong!" "Keep it going, almost there!" I have a few solid cheers up my sleeve, but looking for that quick one-liner that would help YOU feel supported while you make it to the finish line. [more inside]
posted by ariela on Jul 28, 2013 - 28 answers

2.5 km to 10km in a month?

Hello. I am signed up to run the Manchester 10 k on 26 May. I have never run any kind of race in my life before, and am REALLY „not sporty“ though I am used to hiking/cycling. I have not, to put it mildly, trained as much as I should. By now I can jog for 2.5 – 3 km in half an hour, and have mostly „trained“ on the treadmill rather than outdoors (I strained a muscle running outdoors and feel like it’s my muscles and joints that are most struggling with the running rather than anything „cardio“ related as such. So my actual question: is it still possible to get myself into a condition where I can get round the route without walking it and without injuring myself (too badly) in the remaining time? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Apr 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Gospel music; white people

Working out how race factors in in this particular question I'm thinking about - details inside. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Apr 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Running up that [Haahtbreak] Hill

Our friend is running in her first Boston Marathon this year, and we want to support her from home. If we are able to get a few helpful Boston friends to do our bidding, what can we do to give her an unexpected boost? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Apr 8, 2013 - 5 answers

A race by any other slur

How do other languages (non-English) express the scientific term 'race?' vs the colloquial? In taxonomic terms, the word "race" is 90% used as a misnomer in US discourse. This is rooted in "Social Darwinism," or contemporary racist applications of seminal evolution concepts. This colors verbiage across the sciences, especially the social sciences. To wit, the term 'racism' is in fact based on a dehumanizing paradigm. So, um, how does this shake out elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Grammar Filter: [He is a "black" man] or [He is a black man]

Hello, I'm having some difficulty getting a conclusive answer to the question of which is more "proper" grammatically and in academia. When referring to "blacks" and "whites" in society, I used to write them without quotes until a professor corrected me. However, when I use quotes now, some people disagree. Could you all help me find the correct usage? Professors explanation inside... [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Mar 10, 2013 - 54 answers

Remedy for a racially discriminatory landlord?

What can be done about a landlord of 30+ units who has admitted (privately) to not renting units to african americans (in a majority black city)? Who should be contacted, and with what information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Should I just not talk about online dating with white people?

Every once in a while, I (a minority) have a conversation with a white person about online dating in which it becomes clear that they do not and cannot understand that being a visibly non-white person on a predominantly white dating site is often a very different experience than being a white person on the same site. These conversations usually leave me completely frustrated and upset, and the person I'm talking to usually thinks I'm just bitter and negative (which is then, of course, the reason for my bad experience, and if I just "had a more positive attitude", then I would be having the same great experience that they've had). Should I just avoid talking about this with white people entirely? [more inside]
posted by rhymeswithcheery on Feb 22, 2013 - 50 answers

Inaugural vs First Annual?

My wife has organized a 5k as a fundraiser for her school. The event website lists it as the "First Annual" race. She got a nitpicky email chastising her her about it, complaining that it should be the "Inaugural" race. What do you think, and how should she respond? [more inside]
posted by RevRob330 on Feb 15, 2013 - 58 answers

How Can Living in a Multiracial Household Affect an Adopted Child

I am of one race/ethnicity; my partner is of another. No kids. How will adopting a child from a third background impact him/her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 22 answers

A Model AskMetafilter Post

When did people stop using the term "model minority"? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 27, 2013 - 27 answers

Exclusive Spaces Primer

I want to know more about the theory and practice of exclusive spaces for groups perceived as oppressed or subaltern, as in exclusively gay spaces, exclusively racialized spaces, trans only spaces, women only spaces, etc. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jan 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Films, shows, videos, imagery representing success and failure in American culture?

Depictions of success and failure in American culture? Films, videos, commercials, shows, songs, and other (non-literary) media requested. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jan 3, 2013 - 24 answers

Help my younger cousin learn to love her skin.

How can I help my adopted cousin learn to love her skin? Have you been part of a transracial family? What did you find helpful or comforting? [more inside]
posted by turniphead on Dec 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Why did the KKK form?

A question about why the KKK formed in the first place. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Dec 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Politics in outer space

What would politics in outer space look like? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Nov 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Race in Anthropology

Academics and anthropologists: What are the most interesting and important anthropological works on race published in (roughly) the past decade? [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Nov 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Filipino != Asian in California?

Does anyone know the origin of why, in California schools, the state has a a separate ethnic classification of "Filipino" yet major ethnicities like Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans are lumped into an "Asian" subgroup? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Oct 24, 2012 - 19 answers

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race?

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Southern U.S. use of "Miss [FirstName]" -- racial or class connotations?

Southern Naming Conventions: Is there a race or class component to the Southern U.S. use of "Miss [FirstName]" (when used by adults to refer to other adults)? Which groups use this, when, and what does it connote when employed between/among races or social classes? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Sep 11, 2012 - 50 answers

It's OK, I have many XYZ-American friends

I'm looking for racial comedy, in English, available on video, or less preferably mp3. It doesn't need to be the exclusive topic of the comedian, but it should play a part. No preference for a specific racial background, although East Asian would be interesting to see, since I haven't seen much of it before. Examples: Maz Jobrani, Canada's own Russell Peters, Chris Rock.
posted by demagogue on Aug 12, 2012 - 30 answers

Why blacking up as a Civil Rights pioneer is just not okay

How do I explain to someone in the UK that "blacking up" as Tommie Smith is not acceptable? [more inside]
posted by lumiere on Jul 24, 2012 - 44 answers

Looking for stories about foreclosure and minorities

I am looking for stories, books, and anecdotes about banks, landlords, and judges bending the law to evict or foreclose on poor people and minorities, especially in the pre-civil-rights era, and especially on black land-owners. Within the U.S., no particular geographical restrictions. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jul 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Racial Hostility in the Workplace

Co-worker just ended a diatribe about different types of Black people. We want to see consequences for this person. How do we write this report to HR? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jul 6, 2012 - 30 answers

Looking For 5K Fundraiser Manager

I manage a small non-profit in New Jersey, and are looking for someone to manage a 5K race for us next year. I am looking for: 1) about how much this would cost us; and 2) for any suggestions of businesses that do this kind of work in the area. Thanks!
posted by nathanrudy on Jun 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Gay male and gay male of color filter. How do I come to terms with my dating issues?

Gay male and gay male of color filter. How do I come to terms with my dating issues? [more inside]
posted by 314159 on Apr 11, 2012 - 4 answers

White Student Black School?

Do you or anyone you know have personal experience as a Caucasian attending an historically Black college/university? African-Americans who work at or who have graduated from such institutions are also free to weigh in on the experiences of any White students/classmates they may have had. [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Mar 30, 2012 - 8 answers

SHE'S LIKE THE WIND, IF THE WIND WAS ONLY ON THE ROADS NEAR THE POTOMAC

What should I write on a giant sign to cheer on my friends during a 10 mile race this weekend? [more inside]
posted by troika on Mar 27, 2012 - 34 answers

Help with self-identification

Identity crisis filter: ethnicity edition. Did you grow up one ethnicity, and choose another later in life? Do you identify with one ethnicity over another, even though both are in your lineage? Did you deny your ethnicity throughout life, then later claim it? I need some help working through my ethnicity self-identification, also in the ways of culture appropriation. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Mar 8, 2012 - 20 answers

How complete are DNA tests at determining ethnic / racial background?

How complete are DNA tests at determining ethnic / racial background? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Mar 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Will discuss gender performativity for food.

What kind of jobs should I be looking for that are women's/gender studies related? I like working on issues more than with people. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jan 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Race restrictions for apheresis?

Why would people of Hispanic descent be disallowed from donating blood products by apheresis? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Jan 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Studies on racism?

Studies on race and racial epithets [more inside]
posted by satyricaldude on Dec 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Blues Song

I am looking for a blues song about the dangers of a black man interacting with a white woman during the Jim Crow era. I thought it was an Otis Taylor song but I can't seem to find it in his catalog. I thought the song was called "White Woman."
posted by zzazazz on Dec 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Walking a 5K

I just signed up for a 5K on Dec. 3. I'm certainly not ready to RUN 3.1 miles, so I'm going to walk it (and the event is called a run/walk, so it is a walker-friendly race, at least). What kind of training can I do before then to do my best that day, since there's barely any time left? I'm at a healthy weight and in OK shape but usually only exercise one or two times a week. I'd like my time to be under one hour, if possible. Tips? (Bonus question: are most 5Ks walker-friendly?)
posted by trillian on Nov 9, 2011 - 17 answers

Do you remember this racially-insensitive book from the '90s?

Does anyone remember this book, or the controversial argument at its core? It would have been published in the late 1990's, and argued that blue eyed candidates got the job more often than thier brown eyed peers- a friend mentioned the book, which I vaguely remember, but neither one of us can find a title or author. Help!
posted by biddeford on Nov 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Short stories, poems, and films about race, age or gender

I'm currently designing a grade 12 English unit and I'm looking for short stories, poems, or films that deal with issues of race, gender, and/or age. [more inside]
posted by trigger on Oct 30, 2011 - 21 answers

Is this "blessing" offensive and racist?

Is my in-laws' blessing as offensive as I think it is? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 53 answers

Please help me print a large copy of my race route!

Hi all, I am helping to organize a charity walk/run in Quebec and we are looking for a solution to print a large quality version of the route to have around at the race site. Do you know of any way to do this? Screenshots of a googlemap printed on legal paper are still less readable than I would like. Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by anewnormal on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

What would YOU wear to a zombie apocalypse?

I'm running in a Zombie Infected 5k Obstacle Course. I could dress as a casual runner caught in the apocalypse, but where's the fun in that? [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl on Sep 21, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me take care of these kids when I feel ambivalent and lack resources and experience!

How can I amuse these variously-aged children who like to test boundaries? How should I handle things when I basically can't discipline them? How can I get in the right headspace to do this? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Sep 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Masters in Creative Sexytimes

Which grad schools in the Bay Area are open to interdisciplinary approaches, especially with regards to creativity & sexuality? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for race/sex statistics for reality TV shows.

Looking for race/sex statistics for reality TV shows. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Aug 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Negro League paraphernalia and racial sensitivty

Is it offensive / tactless / rude for a white male to wear a re-issue of the Negro Leagues baseball cap for what would have been his hometown team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 - 25 answers

I'm not racist, some of my best friends are black

This is a question about intelligently discrediting racist defences, with specific regard to the statement "I'm not racist, some of my best friends are black." [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape on Aug 14, 2011 - 34 answers

What do I do if I find evidence of discimination at work?

I found a rather innocuously named file on our shared document server at work. It seems to suggest that my boss is discriminating against a co-worker based on both race (or at least the fact he's from India) and his visa status. What do I do with this information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 - 27 answers

Why do babies of other races seem to be a little extra cute?

Why do babies of other races seem to have an extra level of cuteness? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 27, 2011 - 40 answers

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