David Carradine continues to milk the yellowface gig

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Okay, I’m going to blatantly recycle Angry Asian Man’s material here. :) Since he says it best, I’ll leave you with his words:

I saw this commercial months ago, but kept forgetting to write about it… Basically, it’s David Carradine continuing to cash in on public perception that he is some kind of wise Asian man: Yellowbook.com commercial. Quit faking! You’re not Asian!

LOL! Indeed… Good to see in the comments though, that people are calling Carradine out on it.

Maury paternity test for biracial child

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I stumbled across this gem on YouTube the other day. It’s an old episode of the Maury show where they do a paternity test to prove what everyone in the audience already thinks: there’s no way this white man can be the father of this mixed-looking child. It’s depressing that to much of America, depictions like these form their impressions of interracial relationships.

I feel so bad for the poor kid. He’s basically on the show to serve as the punchline to everybody’s joke. :(

But this clip also says a lot about how interracial relationships and interracial sex are framed. The focus is on the humiliation of the cuckolded white man, whose wife can’t resist the sexual power of the black man. Not coincidentally, that’s pretty much of the plot of every interracial pornographic film too.

links for 2006-10-13

The Muppets say ‘F**k the Police’

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

nwa straight outta comptonI spotted this on the Best Week Ever blog awhile back but finally got around to watching it this weekend and it’s hilarious. Click here to watch a video mashup of the cast from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street performing N.W.A.’s “F**k the Police.”

By the way, do you all know that Elmo is a black man? Meaning, he’s voiced by a black man. Yeah yeah the dude was a guest on Oprah earlier this year so it’s not such a big secret anymore, but I’ve known for much longer than that because our very own Jen Chau interned at Jim Henson’s workshop back when she was in high school. How cool is that? :)

In case you missed it…

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic‘s various projects. Here we go!

Race Changers
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time

  • Assignment 2 – Stereotypes and You: “Was there a time that you made a generalization and were proved wrong? Do you find yourself subscribing to any stereotypes now? If you do find yourself giving in to any stereotypes, why do you think you believe them to be true? Can you point to any instances where the stereotype does not hold true?”

Addicted to Race
a podcast about America’s obsession with race

  • Episode 43: Jen rants about the “ohmygodyou’rejewishnoway!” reactions she receives each year around the Jewish holidays. Carmen interviews Matthew Creamer, a reporter for the industry publication Advertising Age, about the New York City Human Rights Commission’s investigation into the advertising industry’s hiring practices. The staffs at ad agencies are so lacking in diversity that the entire industry is under investigation.

Anti-Racist Parent
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook

  • Columnist intro – Ji In: Unequipped to deal with racism, poorly prepared for the challenges that accompanied parenting children of color, my parents couldn’t offer me the type of firsthand understanding that I craved, and they instead encouraged me to simply “ignore.”
  • Columnist intro – Jason: In my education classes, we used to talk, somewhat naively, about “teaching for social justice” and “teaching to change the world.” This, then, is about parenting for social justice, and parenting to change the world.

New Demographic
an anti-racism training company

Mark your calendar – Addicted to Race live call-in show this Tuesday!

by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Our next Addicted to Race live call-in show will happen this Tuesday, October 17 at 10 pm Eastern U.S. time. Make sure you mark your calendars!

We’ll be discussing the dangers of positive stereotypes. Why are we so quick to agree with positive stereotypes about our ethnic or racial group? How can we begin to see that these positive stereotypes exist at the expense of other groups? Are positive stereotypes just as harmful as negative stereotypes?

I Have a Talk ShowTo listen, click here. On the day of the show there should be a play button, which if clicked will allow you to listen to the show, streaming live over the Web site.

To call in, just dial (347) 996-3958 or you can also IM us at AIM – our username is addictedpodcast.

If you’d like to receive an email reminder about the show, click here. You can select the reminder to go out anywhere from 5 minutes before the show or 24 hours before the show. We’re really excited and look forward to speaking with you all live! :)

For those who can’t tune in for the live show, we will be recording the episode so you’ll be able to download and listen later on. To listen to a recording of last month’s live show, click here.

Addicted to Race is a podcast about America’s obsession with race. It’s co-hosted by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove and is a production of New Demographic.

links for 2006-10-12

Race, Culture, and Identity in a Colorstruck World