Submit an audio commentary to Addicted to Race

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Those of you who are subscribers to Addicted to Race may have noticed that I’ve fallen off my game a bit in the last couple weeks.

Last Monday’s episode didn’t happen because my computer basically chewed it up, and neither Jenn nor I were able to reschedule later in the week. And this past week I didn’t have any time to do a new episode.

Unfortunately the next few weeks are going to be a bit hellish for me: a combination of final exams and outside commitments (weddings, family stuff). But I don’t want to leave you hanging podcast-less for a month.

So here’s what I’m suggesting. For the rest of May, ATR episodes are going to be made up almost entirely of content submitted by listeners. This week I’m going to put out an episode of all the audio comments I’ve received since last episode.

And I’ll keep doing that for the next few weeks.

But in order to do this, I need your help! So will you please do me a favor and call our voicemail comment line at 206-203-3983 and leave an audio comment (or two or three)?

It can either be in reaction to past episodes, or to any of the things going on in the news lately. Not limited to these topics of course, but here are some to make you think:

  • Virginia Tech shooting and the media’s treatment of Cho’s ethnicity and immigration status, also the treatment of his name: Cho Seung-Hui or Seung-Hui Cho?
  • The recent discussions about misogyny in hip hop. What did you think of Oprah’s town hall meetings? How did we get from Don Imus saying some ignorant shit to blaming hip hop?
  • The “Stop Snitchin'” movement. Did any of you catch Anderson Cooper’s interview with Cam’ron on 60 Minutes? How has the media handled or mishandled this topic?
  • Racism on the radio. What are your thoughts on Rush Limbaugh’s “Barack the Magic Negro” song? What do you think of JV & Elvis’s racist Chinese restaurant prank? Is racism ever going to stop being a way to boost ratings?
  • The squandering of Katrina funds. Did you see this Washington Post article? “Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent.”