Mindy Kaling is actually invisible, just like all minority women

2 Feb 2015

I mean, America doesn’t even care to address her by her real name. It’s Vera Mindy Chokalingam. Go on, make a funny comment about how it’s a mouthful and difficult to pronounce. I dare you.

If you haven’t seen the ad yet, it starts off with Mindy Kaling trying and failing to catch a cab. The cab breezes right by her but then stops mere feet from her, for a man. As she stands in the street perplexed and watching the scene unfold, we hear, “After years of being treated like she was invisible, it occurred to Mindy, she might actually be invisible.” You probably watched the ad and thought it was funny. It is funny. Because Mindy. But my first thought on seeing it for the first time was that it was a commentary on minority women being invisible in general.

According to The Sentencing Project, black women were incarcerated at almost 3 times the rate

of white women, and Hispanic women were incarcerated almost 2 times the rate of white women in 2010.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, minority women are also less likely to have breast cancer diagnosed in a timely manner (early enough to treat!), less likely to receive lifesaving treatment when they suffer heart attacks.

If it isn’t law enforcment, it’s our partners. But nobody seems to care.

And the icing on the cake, none of you even bother to learn our names. Vera Mindy Chokalingam. Get it straight.




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