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El Paso Runoff & Chisme “The Redo”

El Paso News - Sun, 06/28/2020 - 1:22pm
Okay folks there was a slight error in the previous post. So here’s the “corrected” version. What should be the last of the mailers should be over and done. Again Candidates spend buck, bucks and more bucks on these easily discarded things. El Paso we are at a very pivotal point in the election cycle… Read More El Paso Runoff & Chisme “The Redo”
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Brands may support anti-racism movement, but advertising still needs to decolonise

Borderzine - Sun, 06/28/2020 - 12:34pm

Carl W Jones, University of Westminster

Brands such as Nike and Adidas to PG Tips and Space NK have been expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by issuing statements and adverts of support – from Nike playing with their memorable tagline of “Just Do It” by asking consumers “for once, Don’t Do It” to the #Solidaritea hashtag taken up by many tea brands. Many of these messages have been accompanied by promises to take a hard look at each company’s history and current working practises to see what changes can be made to address structural racism.

The idea that we need to decolonise various areas of society is finally growing. But the idea itself is, of course, nothing new. Calls and attempts to decolonise curriculums, public transport systems, museum collections, healthcare systems and so on have been around for a while, but finally many appear to be taking it a bit more seriously.

Decolonising involves removing or rewriting rules and concepts left by colonial-era thinking that still control or influence society. And, of course, this means basically every sector of society. It is an idea that is becoming more widespread. But even though brands are stepping up and making statements, the broader industries behind these messages also need interrogating. Decolonisation, for example, is rarely discussed in my field, advertising – and it needs to be.

American city dwellers, for example, usually see 5,000 adverts a day and many contain messages that reinforce colonial thinking. Adverts reflect what a society thinks about itself. One study found that white advert characters are more likely than characters of colour to be depicted as having an occupation. Such subtle racist and gendered stereotypes are common in adverts around the world.

A poster campaign from earlier this year by the Mexican department store chain Sears, for example, shows an indigenous woman selling bracelets next to a tall white woman. Another shows a white man looking down at another indigenous person, the headline reading “Vacations”.

White superiority is implied in these adverts. The differences between “primitive” clothing and contemporary fashion are highlighted, something that the man’s downward gaze and woman’s nonchalance further emphasise. These adverts also objectify indigenous peoples as something to be looked at on holiday. Someone to take a selfie with, like an animal at the zoo. Sears didn’t remove the ads. The store responded to complaints by tweeting that it celebrates Mexican culture.

One advert that drew particular attention in the UK and US was the 2017 Dove ad that showed a black woman removing her brown top, revealing a white woman underneath. Although this was not the intended message, it could certainly be read to imply that by using Dove the consumer can become “white”. This upset some consumers who felt that Dove was referring to old colonial-era soap ads that portrayed black people as unclean. Dove removed the ad and started reviewing online content.

And a recent Dolce and Gabbana social media campaign, created in Italy for the Asian market, featured a Chinese model attempting to use chopsticks to eat Italian food, looking fabulous in her D&G clothing. This deeply offended Chinese luxury consumers. The ads were taken down and D&G sales drastically dropped, as celebrities withdrew their support for the brand.

These cases show that advertising needs to be decolonised: it can and does support discriminatory thinking – thinking that often has its roots in the colonial era.

Ways to decolonise advertising

I am considering how we can remove such thinking from advertising, and there are a number of steps I think the industry should take.

The most obvious place to start this is within universities, which are already taking steps to decolonise other subjects, from history (more of a focus on colonial histories) to literature (moving beyond the set “canon” of what are often white male writers) and design (creating a space for designers working outside the confines of the Anglo-European sphere).

But most marketing courses have not yet taken such steps. It should become standard practice for marketing courses to emphasise how advertising not only persuades consumers but also influences society. Just as today we laugh at ads from the 1950s and their reflection of negative gender stereotypes, such as women stuck at home doing the washing, or not being able to drive correctly, the same exercise will certainly be done in 2050, analysing our current advertising. Advertisers had better be prepared – and bear this in mind.

A change is also needed within actual advertising agencies, which are dominated by white men in top positions. Even though more women are obtaining these roles, there needs to be more of a gender balance, and far more racial diversity is needed. This will help encourage inclusive messages. In the UK, the Advertising Association has just released a report on diversity and inclusion concluding that the challenge is to ensure the industry is one in which Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) recruits can prosper.

In addition, the companies paying for advertising need to change by practising what they preach. This means that they need to follow through and act on their recent messages of solidarity.

For once, Don’t Do It.

Take Nike’s “Don’t Do It” ad. This is a good example of a brand calling attention to racism in society. But this, too, has been controversial because even though Nike has supported black athletes over the years, the company has been questioned over its lack of black representation on its leadership team. Brands associating themselves with racial equality need to back words with actions.

Finally, regulatory bodies that govern advertising should be more proactive, creating specific rules that guide the ad industry before adverts become offensive. This might involve introducing regulations around reinforcing the concept of white superiority. The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has attempted to be proactive in this way, with the negative stereotypes rules that banned two ads in 2019, including Volkswagen. So this is a step in the right direction.

Of course, all of these steps will also feed into the efforts to decolonise elsewhere. The process of decolonising institutions will create a more egalitarian society – so this is something to strive towards.

Carl W Jones, Senior Lecturer, School of Media and Communication, University of Westminster

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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El Paso Early Voting, Runoff & Chisme

El Paso News - Sun, 06/28/2020 - 11:14am
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El Paso Early Voting, Runoff & Chisme

El Paso News - Sun, 06/28/2020 - 7:09am
Well folks the last of the mailers should be over and done. Candidates spend bucks, bucks, and more bucks on these things. El Paso, we are at a very pivotal time where we need to put the right people in the right seats at the Federal, State, County and City level. I’ve been focusing on… Read More El Paso Early Voting, Runoff & Chisme
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RumpToons No: 191

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 06/27/2020 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 191!
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Navajo Nation President: New Mexico still failing students

Borderzine - Sat, 06/27/2020 - 7:52pm

By CEDAR ATTANASIO Associated Press/Report for America

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday for the governor of New Mexico to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups.

The comments from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez come ahead of a court hearing next week in which Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will ask a state judge to dismiss a consolidated lawsuit representing Native American and Hispanic plaintiffs.

“The lawsuit needs to be pursued so Native students can be provided adequate education programs and services necessary to learn and thrive,” Nez said. “Our students deserve an educational environment that prioritizes their culture and unique needs. It is time for our Native students to have the same opportunities as other students.”

In 2018, a judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, ordering the state to address inequality in funding and academic outcomes for low-income, Native American and Hispanic students — which account for about 80% of children.

The suit — initially filed against Lujan Grisham’s Republican predecessor Susana Martinez — threatens to wrestle control of policy away from the state Public Education Department and control of funding away from the state Legislature.

FILE – In this April 15, 2020 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state Capitol during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday, June 23, 2020, on Lujan Grisham to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool,File)

Lujan Grisham’s administration argues in a motion to dismiss the suit that the state has increased funding for education, that future changes will take years, and that they should not be micromanaged by court orders.

“​Sweeping and transformational progress takes time, and the governor has not yielded in her unwavering commitment to as much,” spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett said. “But an educational transformation should be overseen by the education professionals of the Public Education Department and the state Legislature, not a court.”

A judge will consider the request to dismiss the case at a hearing Monday.

Navajo leaders contend that two years have passed and the state has not implemented the systemic change required by the order. They say public schools serving Navajo students have not provided quality or useful technical assistance, guidance or training needed to assist in the implementation of special education programs.

“The court decision states that the state failed to abide by the New Mexico Indian Education Act, and this is an issue we cannot ignore,” Nez said.

The Navajo Nation has about 325,000 enrolled members, about 175,000 of whom live on the reservation that spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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Cedar Attanasio is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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County Commissioners To Vote On Boundaries For Segundo Barrio Historical Districts

El Paso Politics - Sat, 06/27/2020 - 5:43am
County Commissioners Court will be meeting on Monday at 9:30 a.m. to hold their regularly scheduled meeting. Item 12 of the agenda calls for discussion and action to establish the boundaries of […]
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The Division of Segundo Barrio Opposition Continues

El Paso Politics - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 7:51am
County commissioners are expected to revisit the division of Segundo Barrio during their next meeting. Commissioners Carlos Leon, Vince Perez and Carl Robinson continue to insist on diving Segundo Barrio leaving out […]
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Symbols Matter

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:00pm
There is much discussion across the nation about whether Confederate statues and symbolism belong in America. Those opposed to the Confederate iconography argue that they represent slavery in America and thus have no place in American society. They argue that the Confederate symbols glorify slavery. Supporters of the Confederate symbols, on the other hand, argue… Read More Symbols Matter
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Thousands Of Federal Employees To Lose Jobs Over War On Immigrants

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:00pm
Donald Trump recently further restricted immigration to the United States ostensibly to protect American jobs. Most anti-immigrants argue that immigrants are a drain on the U.S. taxpayers, American resources and add to America’s lowered wages. Trump has waged a war on immigrants and his immigrant bashing is about to cost American jobs. With unemployment rates… Read More Thousands Of Federal Employees To Lose Jobs Over War On Immigrants
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Resistance Dance: The Art of José Montoya

El Paso News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:00pm
One of fronterizo artist José Montoya’s powerful images is a color photograph titled “Resistance Dance.” It depicts a dancer wearing black laced high-heel shoes, and a black skirt with black fringe. The dancer is photographed in front of the mural painted by David Herrera and El Mac at Mills and Stanton streets in downtown El… Read More Resistance Dance: The Art of José Montoya
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Symbols Matter

El Paso Politics - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 4:17pm
There is much discussion across the nation about whether Confederate statues and symbolism belong in America. Those opposed to the Confederate iconography argue that they represent slavery in America and thus have […]
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El Paso County Again Leaves Segundo Barrio Question Open

El Paso Politics - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 3:11pm
For the second time, El Paso County Commissioners left open the question of whether to keep Segundo Barrio intact in the historic district designation. Last week, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego and commissioner […]
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County of El Paso 2020 Budget

El Paso Politics - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 2:35pm
El Paso Politics is making available the County of El Paso adopted budget to give El Paso taxpayers an opportunity to understand how their taxes and fees are spent. The budget details […]
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City of El Paso 2020 Budget

El Paso Politics - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 2:27pm
El Paso Politics is making available the City of El Paso adopted budget to give El Paso taxpayers an opportunity to understand how their taxes and fees are spent. The budget details […]
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El Paso Covid Updates

El Paso Politics - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:35pm
Last update: July 2, 2020 Source: El Paso City/County
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John Bolton Book On Trump Immigration Rhetoric

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 10:00pm
Yesterday, John Bolton’s book; The Room Where It Happened officially went on sale. Although Bolton dealt mainly with national security issues, his book offers us a glimpse into Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric. It is understood that Donald Trump is using the immigration issue to bolster his support among his base. Trump has unleashed a war… Read More John Bolton Book On Trump Immigration Rhetoric
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The Room Where It Happened Book Synopsis – Tongue and Cheek, Sort Of

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 10:00pm
Let me save you the trouble of reading and spending money to buy John Bolton’s book The Room Where It Happened. It is officially to be available today, but many bootleg copies were made available over the weekend. I got to read one of the bootleg copies. Let me share with you what the book… Read More The Room Where It Happened Book Synopsis – Tongue and Cheek, Sort Of
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El Paso fund dedicated to help Borderland families during pandemic

El Paso News - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 1:16pm
As the Borderland began to see the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community and closures and social distancing orders were put in place, many in our community struggled with the economic repercussions that exacerbated the psychological toll that already came with these new regulations. While some received federal aid and were able to alleviate some… Read More El Paso fund dedicated to help Borderland families during pandemic
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Libertad Para Susana: Remarks at a Press Conference in El Paso, June 20, 2020

El Paso News - Sun, 06/21/2020 - 11:57pm
By Kathleen (Kathy) Staudt, PhD. I am here to speak with you about lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas who has worked tirelessly for the rights of workers and the improvement of their meager wages at the hundreds of foreign-owned factories—maquiladoras—in Mexico’s northern borderlands, specifically in Cd. Juárez and in Matamoros. Susana is a political prisoner, and… Read More Libertad Para Susana: Remarks at a Press Conference in El Paso, June 20, 2020
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