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Glossary

Scapegoating

The action of blaming an individual or group for something when, in reality, there is no one person or group responsible for the problem. It targets another person or group as responsible for problems in society because of that person’s group identity. (46)

Segregationist

One who is expressing the racist idea that a permanently inferior racial group can never be developed and is supporting policies that isolate and divide away that racial group. 

Segregationist Policies

Policies and practices that are geared toward isolating, dividing, enslaving, incarcerating, deporting and killing people of races that are deemed inferior (18)

Shows Centering BIPOC Performers

Shows with a predominately BIPOC principal cast

Shows with a predominately BIPOC ensemble cast

Social Justice 

A concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. This is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of power, wealth, education, healthcare, and other opportunities for personal activity and social privileges. (89)

Stereotype

Characteristics imposed upon groups of people because of their race, nationality, and sexual orientation. These characteristics tend to be oversimplifications of the groups involved and, even if they seem "positive," stereotypes are harmful. (56)

Stories Centering BIPOC Artists and Experiences

Works written about BIPOC folks 

Works  written to star BIPOC folks 

Works written by BIPOC folks 

Works with music composed by BIPOC folks

Works written with a predominately BIPOC cast

Works where BIPOC storylines are at the forefront of the action of the story. 

Works written  for BIPOC audiences

These guidelines also cover stories centering Black and American indian, Native Alaskan Native Hawaiian when those groups are being specifically named in place of the larger BIPOC moniker. These guidelines also cover companies centering BIPOC artists when a company is named. (3)

Supporting Role

The actor fills a principal role and appears in one or more scenes.  Although important to the storyline, the role is not a lead character. (11)

SuSTAINABILITY

"Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Specifically for the environment, this means all of earth's environmental systems are kept in balance while natural resources within them are consumed by humans at a rate where they are able to replenish themselves. (98)

Systemic Racism

Includes the policies and practices entrenched in established  institutions, which result in the exclusion or promotion of designated  groups. It differs from overt discrimination in that no individual intent is necessary.

Citations

3. We See You White American Theatre Demands

11. Acting Tips: Defining acting roles on your résumé

18. How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

46. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Glossary of Terms

56. What Is a Stereotype?

89. Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion

98. What is sustainability?

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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.