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'Super Mario' Challenges The Idea Of Who's An Italian

The star of Italy's Euro 2012 team is the Sicilian-born son of Ghanaian immigrants, raised by an adoptive, white Italian family. Mario Balotelli has been subjected to racism on and off the field.

 

Cultural and national identities are often deeply intermingled with ethnicity and race.  Mario Balotelli's success in the European Championships and the post towards Italian pride has led to intriguing discussions about what it means to be Italian and who can be called Italian. 

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Nina Jablonski breaks the illusion of skin color

Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with ...

 

This insightful TED video explains the biological and geographic reasons for the evolution of skin pigmentations.  Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. See the TED-ED lessons for this video at: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/nina-jablonski-breaks-the-illusion-of-skin-color

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How Public Space, Urban Planning and Public Parks Play a Role in the Trayvon Martin Case

How Public Space, Urban Planning and Public Parks Play a Role in the Trayvon Martin Case | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Sanford, Florida was founded as a transportation town, with admirable public space and smart urban planning.

 

The distinction between public and private space (and the netherworld of publicly owned private spaces) have played important roles in the #occupywallstreet #OWS movement.  Why is public space playing a role in the case and the reactions to the legal case? 

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New Racism Museum Reveals the Ugly Truth Behind Aunt Jemima

New Racism Museum Reveals the Ugly Truth Behind Aunt Jemima | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
David Pilgrim has spent decades collecting racist pictures, signs, and knick-knacks. Now he's sharing his collection with the world.

 

A culture of racism/descrimination goes far beyond the overt acts of racism; it permeates all aspects of society.  This museum uncovers that to show the all-encompassing impact of racism in the Jim Crow era.  To visit the museum's wesite see: http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/

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Trayvon Martin case: Poll finds stark racial divide

Trayvon Martin case: Poll finds stark racial divide | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
African Americans and whites have starkly different views about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.

 

Opinion polls that swing widely based on race, ethnicity or religion always fascinate me.  This underscores the cultural differences within the United States today (and no, we definitively do NOT live in a post-racial society). 

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