Fake Diversity and Racial Capitalism

From Walmart’s website.
On the left, we have the photo as originally taken. On the right, the photo as it appeared on the cover of the 2001–2002 Undergraduate Application for Admission.
At first glance, this looks like a photo of four happy diverse friends. But look more closely, and you realize that the black woman isn’t standing in the same sunlight as the other three, and the bricks along the right side of her head don’t line up, leaving unexplained white space. (Or, rather, white space explained by badly executed Photoshop.)
From an image used to advertise the Frederick Douglass Republican “Methodology” (their word). The movement seems either ignorant or uninterested in changes to the Republican Party that have taken place in the 120 years since Mr. Douglass passed away.
The leadership and membership of the Asian Republican Coalition.
Stock image used for Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.
Stock image used for “Virtual Clone,” a virtual office assistant.
Stock image used for QuickPaydayNow, a payday lender.

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Professor at U of Denver Law School. Teach & research constitutional rights & discrimination. Published in NY Times, Slate, Salon, HuffPo, SCOTUSblog.

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Nancy Leong

Nancy Leong

Professor at U of Denver Law School. Teach & research constitutional rights & discrimination. Published in NY Times, Slate, Salon, HuffPo, SCOTUSblog.

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