"When it comes to Nike’s philanthropic work, the casual observer would be hard pressed to find any evidence of a mission that reflects the concept of giving back to those who have given it so much. While the Nike Foundation focuses the bulk of its attention on improving the lives of women and girls throughout the world — a laudable goal, indeed — its domestic work has been almost singularly focused in two states: Oregon and Oklahoma. Ironically, these two states have a particularly deep and egregious history with white supremacist activity spawning from the KKK. And of course, these states are also hardly reflective of the demographic makeup of its primary consumers.
In fact, it wasn’t until 2014, nine years after the launch of its Black History Month line of shoes and apparel, that Nike announced the creation of the Ever Higher Fund. Said to have been started by the corporation’s black employees, this initiative pledges to donate up to $1 million of the money made from the sale of its Black History Month collection to underserved communities. Yet for a company whose CEO, Mike Parker, as late 2012 took home over 30 times that amount in salary alone, a $1 million donation is next to nothing. In fact, this initiative is so devalued, it hasn’t even merited a mention on the Nike Foundation’s website, a space that proudly proclaims its other charitable work in the U.S. and around the globe." ... See MoreSee Less
"The film is an unrelenting indictment of the way American universities adjudicate sexual assault, by way of countless sobering testimonials from campus rape survivors who tried in vain to get their institutions to hear them. According to the film, only 2 to 8 percent of sexual assault reports are false. But Huffington Post found that fewer than one-third of reported sexual assaults ever result in expulsion.
The documentary underscores the most persuasive reason for the dearth of campus rape convictions: college is a business. Universities, the documentary explains, rely on the powerful networks of sororities and fraternities, and on the "multibillion dollar" college football industry for profit. If a school—from big public universities like UNC to small liberal arts colleges like Occidental College to religious institutions like the University of Notre Dame—is labeled as dangerous, it's assumed their profits will suffer. This explains why, across the board, the punishment for academic cheating is generally harsher than for committing sexual assault. In the mind of universities, preserving the veneer of safety is more important than actual safety." ... See MoreSee Less
Each heart is pounding, dizzy with nerves. Then, elation. The young women are joyously, openly weeping. They're flanked by shrieking moms, dads, sisters, brothers and best friends. It's assuredly the ...
"More than 40 years later, Aspen now welcomes the National Brotherhood of Skiers with open arms — in no small part because the group spends a fair amount of tourist dollars (legend has it they bought every mink coat in Vale, Colo., at a Summit in 1997).
They're also a fun bunch to have around. At the Summit's opening ceremonies this year, bass booms from giant speakers as hundreds of black skiers gather to dance — they do the wobble and the cha-cha slide — and catch up.
Most wear brightly colored jackets representing their local clubs: Avalanche Ski Club from Alabama; Black Ski Club from Washington, D.C.; All Seasons Ski Club out of Oakland; and the Sunshine Slopers from Miami, Fla. More than 50 regional clubs, including Nubian Ski from London, England, are represented." ... See MoreSee Less
"...For there are also issues of access, fair treatment and evaluation, and opportunities for promotion, alongside receiving fair and equal pay. There is also the matter of whether earning equal wages translates into wealth. As a 2010 study illustrated, black women have $100 and Latinas have $120 of median net wealth for every $41,500 that white women have. So even though Latina women and black women earn between 54 percent and 64 percent, respectively, on every dollar a white man makes, somehow we manage to save even less of that money or turn it into wealth. Taken together, addressing these matters demands not an equality framework but a justice framework, one that is infinitely more concerned from bottom to top with the way that workers are treated within systems, the conditions under which they work, and equitable compensation that they receive. When white feminists attempt with, what I imagine in Arquette’s case, the best of intentions to be political, and then fail, there are two imagined proper responses from black feminists. One is to look past all that is wrong with what has been said, offer our fellow feminist the benefit of the doubt, and elevate the good. Never mind that impact matters infinitely more than intention. If white women meant well, that should be enough. The other demand is for black feminists to don the angry, indignant black feminist cape and proceed in a show of eloquent rage to get the errant white feminist in check. Though I’m pretty terrific at eloquent rage, I’m not going to do either. I will not ignore Arquette’s ridiculous backstage comments about what other groups – men, gays and people of color—owe to white women freedom fighters. She said, “And it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.” I will not pretend that her remarks did not ever so slightly piss me off. On the other hand, I will not expend my intellectual labor retreading the well-worn ground of intersectional feminism. Since 1982, we have known what is problematic about assuming that “All the women are white, and all the blacks are men.” I opt instead to do this labor in my classroom, where I teach graduate students, enamored with academic calls to become “post-intersectional,” of the obvious Arquettian pitfalls of such a position. If among feminists, black women are always asked to do the uncompensated labor of educating white women about how they have effed up, is this also not a form of wage inequality?..." ... See MoreSee Less