Addicted to Race 89: Myanmar, Martin Luther King, and hip hop

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s podcast about America’s obsession with race.

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find in this episode:

What does the graphic nature of the Myanmar disaster coverage say about the value of yellow, brown and black lives? Why have we sanitized the memory of Martin Luther King to the point where we are shocked by a statue depicting him with his arms crossed? And lastly, does hip hop help or harm social justice?

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Note from Carmen: This episode was supposed to come out the week of May 19th, but unfortunately I only got around to editing and posting it this weekend. The good news though, is that you’ll get two ATR episodes this week! Look for episode 90 this Friday.

Guest co-host R. L’Heureux Lewis, also known as Dumi Eyi di yiye (Eddie-yi-yay), is a Assistant Professor at the City College of New York – CUNY in the Department of Sociology and Black Studies Program. He researches, writes, and does activist work on schools, youth of color, and mental health. His recent blogging can be found at and his professional work can be found at

Duration – 57:45
File Size – 40.7 MB

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