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The Racial Divide
Barack Obama may be in his second term at the White House, but 2013 proved this country still has a ways to go when it comes to race relations. Big Brother houseguests Aaryn and GinaMarie (who actually ended up taking the runner-up prize) both lost their jobs after using racial slurs against African- and Asian-American competitors. Similarly, Paula Deen's show was canceled by Food Network after Deen admitted in a leaked deposition that she used the N-word several times and once planned a Plantation-style wedding with black waiters playing slaves. (Her strange apology videos and Today show mea culpa didn't help; she subsequently lost many major endorsement deals.) Also this year? Julianne Hough wore Orange Is the New Black-inspired blackface for Halloween, Dads repeatedly went for cheap, racist laughs, and SNL came under fire for hiring six new white cast members, but not an African-American woman. The late-night sketch show has vowed to fix that problem by January of next year. Let's just hope others follow suit.