- Thanks Kimberly! “the result was a showcase of stereotypes that nobody needed: ignorant Southern small-towners vs. standoffish and superior East Coast Jews…”
- “Johns Hopkins University has suspended the Sigma Chi fraternity because of a “Halloween in the Hood” party that drew protests by black students. The invitation…encouraged guests to wear…jewelry including “bling bling ice ice, grills”…
- The documentary film Afro Punk — The Rock and Roll Nigger Experience captures the experiences of black punks across the United States dealing with the complex racial dynamics of their local rock scenes
- “Commentator Jimi Izrael looks at the show Flavor of Love, starring Flavor Flav, a former member of hip hop’s Public Enemy. Izrael says the show is an example of reality show stars selling their souls for a shot at fame.”
- “On this week’s episode of Top Chef…the contestants were divided into two teams that had to prepare Korean and Vietnamese dishes…the ingredients for Otto’s kimchi sounded like the spices my mom uses, but he was cutting up red cabbage. Do other people
- “…for Latinos and Asian Americans, social class seems to have a large influence on one’s political and social views, as the richer you are, the less likely you are to support…affirmative action. However, for Blacks, there seems to be much more unifo
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Quite a few of you have brought up the upcoming movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan to us lately. I’ve watched the Ali G Show on HBO and am familiar with the character, but to be honest I don’t know a whole lot about the premise of the movie.
So I thought I’d make this an open thread and pose a question to all of you. What do you think of the Borat movie? Is it just silly and funny? Or do you think Sacha Baron Cohen is tapping into a racist and/or xenophobic vein in the United States?
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- (Subscription required) “Fraudsters seeking to take advantage of immigrants are finding an easy route via radio stations that lease blocks of air time to anyone willing to pay.”
- Thanks exuiko! “The story of Anthony Brown and his shooting-star rise features competing themes…”The Declining Significance of Race” and “The Enduring Importance of Race.” Two ideals in tension. Two realities in coexistence. The unresolved tragedy of Am
- Thanks exuiko! Washington Post has been running these “dating experiments” for weeks. In this one, a “reformed” dark-skinned black “player” meets “light-skinned” black female and… well, you see for yourself…
- ” I am left with the feeling if Obama was a promising young white candidate, Cohen would have hailed him as the savior of the Democratic Party. However, since Obama is a minority, it appears that he is no more than an interesting item to spur discussion a
- Thanks Ryan! “A conservative political action committee has been running radio commercials targeting Black and Latino voters through stereotypes and caricatures in nearly two dozen congressional disticts across 10 states…”
- UPDATE FROM CVK: We’re deleting the tags to this story because one of our readers just pointed out that they may not have been an interracial couple, Susan may have been a light-skinned black woman. Unfortunately, neither Jen nor I caught this show so we’re not quite sure. In any case, interracial or not, this is an important story and highlights the importance of raising awareness around domestic abuse.
Thanks exuiko. “Susan’s case is unique because her abuse was documented in a disturbing 51-minute home videotape. Three years ago, Susan’s husband ordered their 13-year-old son to videotape his mother being verbally and physically assaulted. The chilling
- Thanks Kimberly! “An outspoken sheriff in suburban New Orleans has again upset black leaders, this time by suggesting deputies would stop, search and run background checks on young black males congregating in high-crime areas…”
- Thanks Tariq! “When a couple seeking to adopt a white baby is charged $35,000 and a couple seeking a black baby is charged $4,000, the image that comes to the Rev. Ken Hutcherson’s mind is… the buying and selling of human beings.”
- “Some people, like Tariq, have written about the seeming media fascination with Latina sisters over the past few days, wondering why. My thoughts? Take: (1) The general awareness and fear of the “Browning of America”…”
- “Many of my friends report that their parents told similar stories and have even talked themselves about the desirability of returning to a black community strengthened by social, ethnic, and economic diversity. But…few people make the choice to move t
- Thanks Rob! “the airwaves are full of racially tinged politicking. Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners alike, are attempting to tap a vein of voter fear and bigotry.”
- “”The Irv Gotti Project,” will examine the producer’s personal life and reveal his attempts to revive his label, while “ego trip’s White Rapper Show,” …hosted by 3rd Bass’ MC Serch and producer Prince Paul, will search for the next great white rapper”
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Ok I’m sorry but this case is a great example of what I talked about in the last post. These babies look totally alike to me – one is just slightly darker-skinned than the other. What is all the damned hysteria about? It’s just genetic variation. It’s not such a big mystery.
(Thanks to Tariq for the tip!)
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Wow, do we need to start a “blackface blogging” category here on Racialicious?
Just a couple months ago we told you about a Huffington Post blogger who decided to put Joseph Lieberman in blackface. And now yet another liberal blogger is dipping into the burnt cork, this time to mock CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. (Hat tip to Rachel’s Tavern.)
And check out his lame defense of his “politically incorrect” act. Gimme a break.
When are people going to realize that there’s nothing new or edgy about racism? I can’t believe people are still using this lipstick-on-a-pig tactic of referring to racism as “political incorrectness.”
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
First we had ABC’s Welcome to the Neighborhood, in which gay families and families of color got to compete to move into a white neighborhood. Thankfully it never saw the light of day, thanks to lobbying from multiple organizations. Then we had the blackface/whiteface extravaganza Black.White. on F/X. And then CBS’s Survivor: Cook Islands pulled their lame segregationist publicity stunt by splitting contestants into team based on their race.
Les Moonves must be hitting that Racialicious juice hard, because it sounds like we might have yet another racist reality show headed our way from CBS. (Remember, according to Jeff Probst in this interview, Moonves was gung ho about the segregation tactic, telling him “Yes, I want you to do it. If you do it, I want you to do it right. Don’t back off of it. Just do it.” But you know, Moonves’s wife is Asian so he like, can’t be racist.)
Do you get nervous when you see a Muslim on an airplane? Have your opinions about Muslims changed since September 11? Do you have family or friends that get nervous around Muslims?
A NEW CBS SHOW SEEKS New York families who have traditional family values but are uneasy around Muslims.
The show will profile families in different communities across the country. This one hour documentary-style series from the producers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Deal or No Deal” will take a look at the people and cultures that make up America.
This series will also explore other issues that families from varied backgrounds face in their day-to-day life and provide opportunities to them that they might not have access to otherwise. This is not a home makeover show.
- Hat tip to Jae Ran! “American football star Hines Ward has invited the star of a new TV drama for ABC primetime Moon Bloodgood to help…Both faced hard times as children, both triumphed over adversity to become celebrities. Now the two have come together
- Loooove this article! “Ever wondered what wine to serve with pho or tandoori chicken? Okay, how about kimchee? Drunken Monkey goes where other sommeliers fear to tread.”
- Thanks T! “Michigan voters will decide Nov. 7 whether to end affirmative action in their state’s renowned public colleges and its public schools and other state agencies, and Connerly is helping the campaign. Polls conducted earlier this month showed the
- “In the wake of the Source trial, hip-hop staffers ponder their contribution to the culture…hip-hop artists, journalists, filmmakers, and loyalists ready to defend the culture’s seedier aspects as an unfortunate but necessary reflection of reality…”
- Hat tip to Rob! “We can make jokes about people higher up on the ladder than we are, whereas people higher in the culture, white people, cannot. That’s racism. It gets less clear when you have two groups at the same level—say blacks and Indians…”
- “According to the Screen Actors Guild this year 2006. Natives represented on TV and in FILMS was less than 1%…50 people! And most of that work was GUEST STARRING ROLES. I’ve counted only 9 on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and the CW…”
- “many…colleges and universities instituted diversity requirements for undergrad students that required them to take at least one course about racial/ethnic minorities….the question some are asking is, have these courses served their purpose and are th
- “By providing the name and location of the trailer park and the full identity of these people, the reporter and his editors are, in addition to telling their stories (no matter how sympathetically), are acting as immigration agents themselves…”
- “This infamous hip-hop video that sings the praises of poultry preparation and consumption has been circulated around the web and back, creating an uproar along the way…”
- In ‘Catch a Fire,’ “the filmmakers tell a story based on the real life of Chamusso, who was transformed from an apolitical yes-man to a militant fighter for the liberation of South Africa’s 25 million Blacks from the genocidal system of apartheid…”
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
We hand the reins over to our listeners in this episode – it’s a special all listener feedback show! The topics we discuss include:
- Asian-American women and interracial relationships
- Our interview with Ad Age reporter Matthew Creamer in episode 43 about racial discrimination in the advertising industry
- Our discussion in episode 44 about offensive Halloween costumes
- Jen’s rant in episode 43 about people’s over-the-top reactions when they learn she’s Jewish
- Our discussion in episode 44 about racial profiling
- Our live show, podcasted in episode 45, about the dangers of positive stereotypes
- Whether the average white person really considers himself multiracial
- Opposition to an interracial relationship between a black woman and white man
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