As the Spotlight series pointed out, Boston has worked to ensure that the city does not slip back into the tragic errors of its troubled past.
Mayor Martin Walsh has sponsored public conversations about race, but there’s still not much of an indication how that talk will be translated into action.
Nor is it doing enough to convince black professionals that this city welcomes what they have to offer.
Boston is a fine city, but systemic racism continues to bleed us of black talent, innovation, and the cultural spark that turns a good place to live for some into a great place to live for everyone.
Depictions deemed problematic include “family members creating a mess while a woman has sole responsibility for cleaning it up”, and adverts which “[suggest that] a specific activity is inappropriate for boys because it is stereotypically associated with girls, or vice-versa.”Nanette Newman, an actress who appeared in 1980s Fairy Liquid commercials, told the Daily Mail the ban is “ridiculously over the top”.“What a bizarre world we live in where the adverts I starred in might today be considered harmful, yet it’s considered perfectly acceptable for women to be shown on mainstream TV having sex,” she told the Mail.
While campaigns to change the view of society presented in advertisements is intended to increase equality, it may be having the effect of skewing representations in a different way.
The majority of 500 advertisers surveyed admitting producing campaigns which featured same-sex couples and non-traditional families even if doing so clashed with their brand identity, while half of respondents reported using fewer white people, who they said no longer represented “modern society”. Blaine owns Hands On Originals, a small promotional printing shop in Lexington, Kentucky. But his world was suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down when the City of Lexington threatened to take away his freedom. It's all because he politely declined a request to print a shirt promoting a local gay pride festival.SOURCE Traditional Depictions of Mothers to be Banned in Adverts From Next Year Amid Ongoing War On ‘Gender Stereotypes’Cooking, cleaning mums will be banned in advertisements across the UK from next year, following a study which claimed traditional gender roles are “harmful and outdated”.The decision to tighten regulation was announced by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) this week, after a report published in summer identified gender stereotypes in adverts as a driver of inequality between men and women.“Wherever they appear or are reinforced, gender stereotypes can lead to mental, physical and social harm which can limit the potential of groups and individuals,” the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) alleged in its study.Did the deeds of Bostonians reflect their avowed beliefs? The anti-racism in theory went with mostly polite but nonetheless real racism in behaviour in Boston. REALITY,” the Globe’s Spotlight team outlined the indelible stain of racism on Boston’s reputation. The only one in the office; the only one in the leadership position. It’s like the air we breathe, if you’re black.”Racism is nimble.They are too polite to wear Klan hoods but they might as well do so THAT BLACK people find Boston racially inhospitable isn’t news. It also painstakingly detailed how that mark has deepened and hardened over time. It’s lonely,” Bridgit Brown, a communications specialist from Dorchester, told the Globe. It shape-shifts away from the most obvious, headline-grabbing horrors, allowing those in corridors of power, as well as ordinary white people, to insist things aren’t as bad as they used to be. Still, such facile readings ignore how racism burrows in, normalized and equivocated, until it becomes just another accepted part of our landscape.Leaders often speak of diversity, but it’s ardent inclusion that allows cities to thrive.