In 2000, Diallo Shabazz sued the University of Wisconsin-Madison for photo-shopping him into their marketing materials. In his suit, Shabazz did not ask for money, but for “budgetary money” to actually make the campus more diverse.
Now, another example of doctored diversity has surfaced. This time at the University of Alabama.
Note the skin color of the African American man’s hands. As I’d written in the post about Shabazz, this teaches us both that colleges believe that diversity is a useful commodity with which to market their institutions and that, “if real diversity isn’t possible, cosmetic diversity will do.” Recruitment of minorities to a mostly white campus: tricky. Addressing the systematic educational underinvestment in minorities prior to arriving: expensive. Retaining minorities in that environment: challenging. Photoshop: easy.
While the University of Alabama released a statement saying that the image is not photoshopped, we can’t deny that something doesn’t quite match up with the hands and face of the man pictured.
A more up close look.
Thoughts on doctored diversity?
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