Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Blinded by the White: And Flesh-colored is WHAT color?

APTOPIX Obama US India
With thanks to lisa over at Sociological Images, a great blog/image site I just found. Click on the blogpost's title just below for the rest of lisa's commentary. There are some other awful examples there of this "blinded by the white" reporting and racism in advertising.

Stunning Example of the Neutrality of Whiteness

The Associated Press, a news service subscribed to by news outlets all over the world, distributed a story about the first Obama Administration State Dinner. In the story, sent in by Elisabeth R., Samantha Critchell describes Michelle Obama’s dress as “flesh-colored.” She writes:
First lady Michelle Obama chose to wear a gleaming silver-sequined, flesh-colored gown Tuesday night to the first state dinner held by her husband’s administration.
Gee, what could possibly be wrong with calling this dress “flesh-colored”?
I just want to cross-post EVERYTHING from that blog. Check it out!!! -- Julian

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