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Mash-Up Round-Up: Maybe I’ll Be Black Today!

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The week of June 13, 2015 was saying WTF Chris Brown (again); saying woohoo Richard Branson; and bowing down to the great Alanis Morissette. You oughta know, indeed.

Mash-Ups in the News:

The Troubled Waters in McKinney

Why don’t a lot of Black people swim? Because of racism. With some context here and here.

via The Atlantic

The Confusing Racial Story of Rachel Dolezal

This is so confusing. Rachel Dolezal, a white woman pretending to be a Black woman, is the head of the NAACP Chapter in Spokane. Turns out, she lied about having a Black father. But she does have a Black sibling. Also, she kind of looks like she’s in blackface, and that’s a whole other issue. For brilliance from Black Twitter, please see#AskRachel

via Mic

I’ve Never Thanked My Parents for Anything

A wonderful essay by an Indian writer about how “Thanks” in America is kind of meaningless, and can’t possibly   capture the true thanks we give to our parents for our lives.

via The Atlantic

The Myth of the White Minority

A huge, huge, huge new Pew Study just came out on multiracial Americans (cough cough, know any?). At least 6.9% of the U.S. population is multiracial, a number which is expected to triple in the next 30 years. 30% of these adults say that how they identify has changed over time. This article also discusses how limited demographic categories are in expressing our Mashiness.

via NY Times

Alabama Lawyer Puts Books in Barbershops 

A lawyer has started funding a project to put books in barbershops to build literacy and self esteem for Black boys.

via The Root

North Korean Defector Opens Up About His Homosexuality

Jang Yeong Jin didn’t know what gay was until he got to South Korea after defecting, because North Korea officially maintains that homosexuality does not exist. Oh and you are going to learn a lot about how much gay stuff is going on in the North Korean military.

via NY Times

Germans Learn Sanskrit. Duh

You never know when you are going to need it.

via Daily Mail

Stop Saying You Can’t Wait for My Indian Wedding

Seriously tho. “Oh I can’t wait for the horses! And the performance!” Great insights on how we mash up, and how we (sometimes annoyingly) romanticize otherness.

via Racked

Why America Is Obsessed With Perfect Teeth

No gaps! Everyone look same!

via NY Mag

Sweden Celebrates “Gook Humor,” is Way Racist Towards Asians

Apparently Swedes, who we love to admire for all of their so-called progressiveness, have a tradition of “Gook Humor” which is basically like Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but in 2015 not 1961. WTF.

via Kultwatch

Son of Migrants, Juan Felipe Herrera to Become First Latino U.S. Poet Laureate

This Chicano man was punished in school for not speaking English…and is now the U.S. Poet Laureate.

via PBS

Country’s Next Music Star Is A Young Black Woman

Apparently this is part of a long American tradition and we shouldn’t be surprised, but, between us, we definitely are.

via Washington Post

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