ATR 7 – Oct 17, 2005

FEEDBACK: Are the “Everyone Loves A Mixed Girl” T-shirts from Like Minded People empowering or objectifying? Jen and Carmen discuss this question from a listener and ask Jamie Tibbetts–creator of the shirt–to chime in too.

FEEDBACK: We respond to a listener who thinks we have no business criticizing Marguerite W. Davol, author of one of the crappy children’s books we ranted about in our last episode. He thinks we’re reverse racists, and that we’re spoilt rich kids who know nothing about life.

We count down the top 5 most racist compliments we’ve ever received.

Jen shares the latest and greatest from Mixed Media Watch. We discuss two advertisements that try to juxtapose different ethnicities for comic effect. One is a vintage ad from Levy’s Real Jewish Rye and another is a contemporary example from a real estate development company.

Carmen interviews Adam Mansbach, author of the critically acclaimed novel Angry Black White Boy. We discuss the divide between the hip hop generation and the civil rights generation, why hip hop studies needs to be approached with more intellectual rigor, and how well-meaning progressive white people still refuse to examine their own white privilege and internal racism.

Here’s a look at the next episode:
1) Carmen will rant about the offensive stereotypes of black men and women constantly perpetuated by the media
2) Mixed Media Watch news round-up
3) We’ll bring you the very first “Mixed Around the World” segment. First up, Carmen discusses growing up mixed in Hong Kong.
4) Jen interviews Emily Raboteau, author of the novel The Professor’s Daughter

Duration – 1:01:10
File Size – 57 MB
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4 thoughts on “ATR 7 – Oct 17, 2005”

  1. Thank you for doing the ten most racist compliments segment. The ignorant, insulting, no brain comments some people make are truly incredible! I too am mixed and I have had incredibly racist things said to me by individuals that thought they were either being funny or paying me a compliment. Some of the worst comments that have been said to me have involved being asked if I’m an alcoholic, or told that I MUST be an alcoholic, after I disclosed my background as Irish/American Indian. In addition to these I have also been told that I must have a “psycho temper”, and men in particular like to use the squaw word alot thinking that I would somehow find this endearing. I have also been told how “lucky” I am to have the ancestry I do, this one always bewilders me (I guess this is related to the wannabe Indian factor). I have now stopped telling most people exactly what my mix is, mainly because I am sick of having to hear their rediculous stereotypical, embarrassing responses. I just say I’m mixed and leave it at that, when people ask me why I don’t want to specify what I am exactly, I state that it is not my job to provide others with the ability to define or categorize me. It is interesting to see the confusion and mental struggle this seems to create for many people.

  2. I have just come across your podcast. I love your rant on stupid compliments. I was born in Guatemala and move to Chicago when I was 9 in 1969. Of all the things that have been said to me, the one that is still unbelievable to me “You are pretty smart for a Hispanic”. Wow – it has been 20 years since that was said to me and I am still schock!
    Love your Podcasts – keep up the great work!

  3. Did I give someone a racist ‘compliment’?

    question for discussion:

    white girlfriend to her Chicano boyfriend regarding the new blue shirt he is wearing:

    “wow, that looks really good on you. it ‘s works well with your complexion.”

    was i exercising my white privilege and being racist and exotifying him? or was i giving him a compliment because blue is a good color on him?

  4. No. There are tons of super-dark white guys who have the same complexion as some of these light-brown colored races and would look just as good in certain colors. No biggie.

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