From a linguistics term that refers to mixing languages and speech patterns in conversations, code switching broadly refers to the use of different language and/or behavior in different cultural spaces and contexts. Specifically, this often occurs by a member of a marginalized group who, because of oppressive dominant culture, presents differently in the presence and context of that culture from how they present with those who share their identity. (38)
Selecting actors without taking ethnicity and skin color into account. The theatrical practice of casting actors from different racial or ethnic backgrounds in roles haphazardly, regardless of the very obvious implications this may have on the story being told.
Taking the profound implications of skin color, including skin tone, into account of the story being told while selecting actors
A powerful collection of racist policies that lead to inequities between light skinned people and dark skinned people supported by racist ideas about light and dark people and their proximity to whiteness
A powerful collection of antiracist policies that lead to equity between light skinned people and dark skinned people supported by antiracist ideas that erase the hierarchy between light and dark skinned people
Theft of cultural elements for one’s own use, commodification, or profit -- including symbols, art, language, customs, etc. -- often without understanding, acknowledgement, or respect for its value in the original culture. Results from the assumption of a dominant (i.e. white) culture’s right to take other cultural elements. (39)
A member of the creative team who is able to advocate for cultural awareness and sensitivity with a deep understanding of the attitudes, histories, and characteristics of a specific culture. A job with a high amount of emotional labor, this position often provides strategies, insights, ideas, and perspective through personal experiences. ()
The idea that every person can make a unique and positive contribution to the larger society because of, rather than in spite of, their differences (1)
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