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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Five Not-Impossible Things Before Breakfast

by Latoya Peterson

As I wrote last week, my inbox was filled with so many tips I didn’t have time to tackle them before the week was out. So, here are a few of the ones we can get done quickly:

Rachel Ray and the Paisely “Islamic Jihad” Scarf

Rachel Ray is wearing a scarf. She is not sending a message for Islamic Jihad!

Will someone please tell that to Dunkin’ Donuts and Michelle Malkin?

Jehanzeb says:

This is nothing but shameless racism. I really hope more people speak out about this because it is not only outrageous, it also reflects the ridiculous amount of paranoia and xenophobia that’s tarnishing our society. Yesterday morning, I heard about Rachael Ray’s new commercial for Dunkin’ Donuts getting pulled because of complaints from the right-wing blogosphere, specifically from the notoriously anti-Islamic and xenophobe Michelle Malkin. What were the complaints about? Well, according to Malkin, the black-and-white colored scarf worn by Rachael Ray in the commercial heavily resembled the keffiyeh, which she defined as the “traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad.”

Are you kidding me? The commercial was yanked because of a black-and-white patterned scarf with paisley designs? The bigots from the right-wing were so offended and worried that Dunkin’ Donuts was “promoting terrorism” or “Palestinian jihad” because their sponsor wore a scarf?

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Longform Links – Voter Disenfranchisement, Delegates, Two Spirit People

TPM – Who’s Disenfranchised?

What doesn’t get mentioned, however, is this: it was widely reported and understood in both Florida and Michigan that the results of these primaries would not be counted. And based on that knowledge, large numbers of voters in both states simply didn’t participate.

If the DNC were now to turn around and decide to make these contests count after all, these non-participating voters would be disenfranchised no less than the people who did turn out would be if the DNC sticks to the rules and doesn’t seat any of the delegates. The simple fact is that large numbers of people, acting on accurate knowledge and in good faith, decided that there wasn’t a real primary being held in their state on the day in question and on that basis decided not to participate.

Now, the question is, How can we really know how many people didn’t show up because they were told it wasn’t a real election?

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