Using A Woman Of Color As The "Background" In A Photo Shoot: It's Not Okay

A couple of days ago, a post titled "Background Color" appeared on Racialicious. The jumping-off point is a photograph, by Alex Hoerner, from Nylon magazine (at left), in which Beth Ditto from The Gossip is playing cards with the housekeeper in a motel. And yeah, the housekeeper is a woman of color. The post's author,… »7/31/08 4:40pm7/31/08 4:40pm

Race Relations: What's So Wrong About A Rich White Woman Interested In "Africa"?

A few weeks ago, Latoya Peterson, editor of the blog Racialicious, emailed me to proffer compliments over the success of the site and talk about Jezebel's coverage of racial issues, which, she explained, she wasn't particularly thrilled with. After a few email exchanges, I called her, and we talked for what seemed… »5/07/08 3:20pm5/07/08 3:20pm