ATR 1 – Jul 25, 2005

Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove explain why they decided to call this podcast “Addicted to Race.”

The U.S. as a whole has been obsessed with race since its very inception. What country other than the U.S. could have come up with phenomena like the one drop rule, racial classifications like quadroon and octoroon, drapetomania, the brown paper bag test, the bell curve, just to name a few.

Race has also played a central role in some of the biggest scandals in the last couple years (Justin and Janet at the Superbowl, Kobe Bryant, Bill Cosby).

But the backlash against so-called political correctness since 9/11 has hampered discussions about race. Many of us are being told that talking about race is passe, and that we should get over it and stop crying racism. But if racism is still all around us, should we just ignore it?

Jen and Carmen hope that “Addicted to Race” will provide an open and honest forum for discussion about the real, underlying dynamics driving race relations.

Their core beliefs are:
1) Race is a social construct
2) Everyone has the right to self-identify however they want
3) Conversations about race must go beyond black and white
4) Mixed people are also a part of their communities of color, we shouldn’t try to separate ourselves

Jen and Carmen talked about their backgrounds, and the organizations they started: Swirl, Inc., Mixed Media Watch, and New Demographic.

They explained the format of all future episodes of “Addicted to Race”:
1) Rant
2) Mixed Media Watch news roundup
3) Discussion of a hot topic or an interview

The next episode will consist of:
1) A rant about the self-fetishizing ways of mixed people
2) Mixed Media Watch news roundup
3) A dicussion on the importance for parents to talk to their mixed kids about identity

Listen to an MP3 of Addicted to Race Episode 1

Monday, July 25, 2005

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