ATR 3 – Aug 22, 2005

RANT:
People who turn to DNA tests to “find themselves” is the subject of Carmen’s rant today. The science behind these tests is questionable at best, and Carmen wonders why these test-takers are so willing to change their entire lives once they find out they have a miniscule amount of non-European ancestry.

FLY ON THE WALL:
Listen in on a real-life conversation about race we eavesdropped on. This time, it’s an incredibly offensive discussion about black women, white women, and Asian women regarding their potential as mates.

MIXED MEDIA WATCH NEWS UPDATE:
Jen shares the latest and greatest from Mixed Media Watch:

1) We are all guilty of making assumptions at one point or another. Jen and Carmen discuss Dateline’s piece about the problematic treatment of missing persons of color, and Carmen explains why she thought that Dateline was guilty of the very thing it was criticizing.

2) Bill Maher recently spoke with the Daily News about his love life. He talks about his newest squeeze, Karrine Steffans, author of tell-all book “Confessions of a Video Vixen,” and denies that there is any significance to the fact that he only dates black women.

3) Jen gives a brief review of the new blockbuster, “Four Brothers.” While the flick was violent and at times hard to believe, it was definitely nice to see that the four transracially adopted brothers were portrayed as loving — aware of their difference, but not distracted by it.

INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND CIVIL RIGHTS:
Carmen discusses her recent article titled, Why Civil Rights Organizations Ignore Interracial Couples. It’s time for civil rights organizations to protect interracial couples from discrimination. On the 50th anniversary of Emmett Till’s death, Carmen wonders how we can separate interracial relationships from civil rights when tensions surrounding these relationships lie at the very heart of some of the worst atrocities committed against blacks throughout American history.

LIKE MINDED PEOPLE:
Jen and Carmen interview Jamie Tibbetts, founder of Like Minded People, an independently run shirt company. Jamie talks about how LMP got its start, discusses the conscious messages and imagery he uses, and shares his thoughts on the recent trend of mixed models being used to sell product.

Here’s a look at the next episode:
1) A rant about the silly food analogies people use to symbolize mixed identity (e.g. “fried chicken and latkes”)
2) Mixed Media Watch news roundup
3) Ask New Demographic: “What’s wrong with saying that mixed people or children are beautiful?”
4) A discussion on what teachers can do to prepare themselves to serve the mixed students in their classes

Listen to an MP3 of Addicted to Race Episode 3

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ATR 2 – Aug 8, 2005

RANT:
Mixed people who fetishize themselves is the subject of Jen’s rant today. You know the type–they completely buy into hybrid vigor and actually believe that mixed people are prettier/smarter/healthier than non-mixed people. Are you one of them? Test yourself with Jen and Carmen’s “Top 10 List of Signs That You’ve Come Down With the Self-Fetishizing Bug.”

ASK NEW DEMOGRAPHIC:
Jen and Carmen tackle a question from their monthly Ask New Demographic advice column. A college counselor asks her mixed student, “What are you?” and gets a chilly response. She wants to know why some mixed people find this question offensive.

MIXED MEDIA WATCH NEWS UPDATE
Carmen shares the latest and greatest from Mixed Media Watch:

1) What role does race play in the Harry Potter book series? Carmen and Jen discuss two articles, one that explores how the “half-blood” terminology relates to racial hierarchy, and another that examines how Asians fare in the books.

2) Debra Dickerson’s latest article for Salon.com examines how black women have been masculinized in this country. Jen and Carmen discuss how race gets “gendered” so that both black men and women are seen as “male,” while both Asian men and women are seen as “female.” They also discuss the impact this has on dating and marriage trends, as shown by Census statistics.

3) A black teenager named Anthony Walker is bludgeoned to death in Liverpool, for doing nothing more than sitting on a bench with his white girlfriend. This horrible hate crime demonstrates that despite the rise in interracial marriages in the U.K., interracial couples still face discrimination and harassment.

TALKING TO MIXED KIDS
Jen discusses her recent article titled, Whether Or Not There Are “Issues,” Parents Need to Talk With Their Mixed Heritage Kids. Parents need to be proactive in talking to their mixed children about race and identity, instead of just waiting for problems to come up. Just because kids aren’t saying anything, doesn’t mean they’re not encountering issues surrounding race that they don’t know how to deal with.

Here’s a look at the next episode:
1) A rant about people who take DNA tests to figure out their “racial heritage”
2) Mixed Media Watch news roundup
3) A discussion on the fact that civil rights organizations ignore discrimination against interracial couples
4) An interview with Jamie Tibbetts, founder of Like Minded People, an independently run shirt company that offers conscious messages and imagery

Listen to an MP3 of Addicted to Race Episode 2

Monday, August 8, 2005

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