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Glossary

Managers of Influence

Term coined by the BIPOC Living Document describing individuals who internally keep and uphold the structure of White Supremacy within the institution.

Roles include: Artistic Directors, Executive Directors, Board Members, Artistic Staff, Development Directors, Managing Directors, and Major Donors. (29)

Microaggression

Also known as racist abuse, the constant verbal and nonverbal interpersonal abuses against all marginalized groups by dominant groups. Additionally defined as brief exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals belonging to a marginalized group; or a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against marginalized group members, such as a racial or ethnic minority. (18)

 

Minority

A culturally, ethnically, or racially distinct group that coexists with but is considered subordinate to a more dominant group. As the term is used in the social sciences, this manufactured subordinacy is the chief defining characteristic of a minority group. As such, minority status does not necessarily correlate to population. In some cases, one or more so-called minority groups may have a population many times the size of the dominating group, as was the case in South Africa under apartheid (c. 1950–91). As a result, “minority” is not a preferred word when referring to marginalized communities. Especially in regards to race, “global majority” is the preferred terminology. (6)

 

Minoritize

The action of a dominant social group to subordinate culturally, ethnically, or racially distinct groups that coexist with them. This is done through the dominant group normalizing a narrative of inferiority onto these distinct groups. (6)

Misogynoir

A term coined by the queer Black feminist Moya Bailey in 2010 that describes the anti-Black racist misogyny that Black women experience. Misogynoir – a blending of concepts that combines “misogyny” and the French word for black, “noir” – especially informs stereotypes about Black women in our society, funnelling Black women into four roles that leave little room for individuality:  the sassy Black woman, the angry Black woman, the strong Black woman, or the overly sexual Black woman. (50)

Multiculturalism

A system of beliefs and behaviors that recognize and respect the presence of all diverse groups in an organization or society, acknowledge and value their socio-cultural differences, and encourage and enable their continued contribution within an inclusive cultural context which empowers all within the organization or society. (2)

Citations

2. Diversity - Browse

6. Minority | Definition & Facts

18. How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

29. Action Plan — The Living Document

50. What Is Misogynoir?

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The JJI Glossary defines terms that are necessary in discussing equity in the arts. This glossary is the result of countless hours of thoughtful research and innovation by our team.