ATR 5 – Sep 19, 2005

The overdone tragic mulatto stereotype is the subject of Carmen’s rant. She takes a look at some movies that have portrayed mixed people as beings who are so caught between two worlds and distressed by their identity, that no matter how hard they try, they just can’t escape their oh so tragic ending.

In this occasional segment, Jen has us put our hard hats on to visit a new zoo, full of racial fetishists on display. We’ve been the objects of their unwanted attention for so long that we’ve decided to turn the tables. Now we can stare at and prod these beasts and ask them stupid questions. Today Jen examines the wild golden backed Chinese-Jewish adorer.

Jen shares the latest and greatest from Mixed Media Watch:

1) We critique a short that was traveling the email circuit. Chinese Baby was a failed attempt at a satire about international/transracial adoption.

2) California’s Mercury News discussed the necessity for Creoles to come together and hold on to their rich mixed culture in the wake of the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Carmen has a discussion with author and cultural critic, Bakari Kitwana, about his new book, Why White Kids Love Hip Hop: Wangstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, and the New Reality of Race in America. Bakari explains why we need to stop talking about race as if it was still the 1950s, and why the hip hop community is so reluctant to examine its own internal racism.

Here’s a look at the next episode:
1) A rant about the horrible books that exist for mixed kids today
2) Mixed Media Watch news round-up
3) A Racial Spy report-in
4) A discussion with Anthony Yuen of Hapa Issues Forum.

Duration – 54:28
File Size – 51 MB
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8 thoughts on “ATR 5 – Sep 19, 2005”

  1. I am interested in some of what you’re talking about, but all the mixed-race pride stuff is a little troubling to me as it holds up a concept of “mono-raciality” that helps to re-inscribe race and racism.

    I also feel your criticism of Imitation of Life is a little unfair considering it was made in 1950s. This was pre-”you can embrace both halves of your identity” days. I actually think I find those days to be more interesting as they give us more to work with, critically.

  2. I am one of those white guys who has had it up to here with racial victimology. Maybe that’s why I find your show a little whiney at times. However, I just keep downloading the new ones because it is so doggone interesting.

    I really don’t care what color you are. I care about what you say and do.

  3. this was a very good episode. I learned a lot concerning the whole “tragic mulatto” concept. I used to think that eventually mixed people would have to socially “choose which side they are on”, but I guess there is a medium where you don’t always have to “claim” or “deny” either. Thanks for the information.

  4. The “racil victiminzing” which you are talking about is for the most part contributed by white OR black writers where as the actual issue your discussing is a mixed race issue. Not black. Or white. But both. These people do not know what its like to come not only be mixed heritage, but mixed society. SO before you say your sick of hearing our story..maybe you should have a chance to actualley listen to it.

  5. Anna-

    Thank you so much for voicing that.
    Before people say anything about an issue they really should walk a mile in someone’s mis-matched shoes.


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