Can You Change Your Race? 'Ethnic Plastic Surgery' Raises Big Questions

"Ethnic plastic surgery"—the practice of altering physical features supposedly typical of your race, to either erase them or to deliberately look like a member of a different race—sits squarely at the fraught intersection of bodily autonomy, racial politics, and oppressive beauty standards. It's nearly impossible to… » 7/29/14 6:30pm 7/29/14 6:30pm

A County-by-County Map of America's Ethnic Roots

The Washington Post has come out with a map that shows the dominant racial ancestry in the United States' 3144 counties. Some results are not surprising: Did you know that there are a lot of Irish people in Boston? It's not a surprise to see African Americans dominate the South and Mexicans dominate the border… » 4/18/14 4:00pm 4/18/14 4:00pm

How to Ask Someone About Their Ethnicity Without Being an Asshole

If you haven't been able to surmise from my little avatar photo off to the side and my non-WASP name (although, sometimes I like to prance about in Victorian lace numbers and call myself Marjorie Altringham), I am Not a White Person. This means I am a walking version of this fun little game called "What Kind of Not… » 7/20/13 5:00pm 7/20/13 5:00pm

Disney's First Latina Princess Isn't Actually Latina

So, Disney's first maybe Latina princess is, in fact, not. She's not Hispanic, either. Well, she might be from a Spanish-speaking country, but even that is not known for sure. Enchancia, the fictional country from which her mother hails, is loosely based on Spain, and therefore she's sort-of half-Spanish but who can… » 10/23/12 10:40am 10/23/12 10:40am