ATR 13 – Jan 23, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 –

The “oppression olympics” is the subject of Jen’s rant today. What she means is the way people try and out-victim each other and as a result, we find ourselves divided rather than united.

Carmen shares her thoughts on a recent episode of Dr. Phil in which he attempted to shed some light on race relations. The content of the episode? A racist white father outraged at his daughter’s biracial baby, a passing story (natch!) in which a mixed man’s parents convinced him and themselves that he was actually white, and a black mother who feels her mixed daughter acts “too white.”

Please support our podcast by rating and reviewing this episode in Yahoo’s podcast directory. Thank you!

Luke Lee does the first-ever guest rant on Addicted to Race about mixed Asian-American women, exoticiziation and import car models. Listen in to find out what it’s all about.

Carmen and Jen interview Dr. Joseph L. Graves, pre-eminent evolutionary biologist and author of The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America He’ll answer everything you always wanted to know about race and biology. What exactly does it mean when we say that race is a social construct? Why can racial DNA tests be misleading? Is it true that if you need a bone marrow donor, you can only find a match with someone of your own race? Are African-Americans really better at basketball than any other people? Are mixed people really more healthy/beautiful/intelligent/strong than non-mixed people?

Here’s a look at the next two episodes.

EPISODE 14 – Monday, January 30, 2006 :
This will be a bonus mini-episode in which we interview Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of the new book Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Issues of Our Time) (Issues of Our Time)

EPISODE 15 – Monday, February 6, 2006 :
1) Carmen will rant about “diversity-speak”–those phrases like “cultural competency” or “tolerance” that mean absolutely nothing and only serve to obscure conversations about race.
2) Mixed Media Watch news round-up.
3) We’ll interview renowned science fiction writer Octavia Butler, author of Kindred (Black Women Writers Series) and Parable of the Sower. Her newest work is Fledgling : A Novel.

Duration – 1:35:07
File Size – 43.7 MB
Listen to an MP3 of Addicted to Race Episode 13

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Current
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter

7 thoughts on “ATR 13 – Jan 23, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 –”

  1. The ridiculous debate over “race” reminds me of Scopes/Creationsim Vs Darwin/evolution. In other words, a superficial proxy for a far more expansive and paradigm-altering subtext underneath.

    In this case, the relatively simple semantic “race” debate has been vastly overargued for far deeper underlying (ironically, race-driven) agendas.

    Thing is, no matter how you define “race,” those issues will still remain to be defined on their own scientific terms. And mixing politics and social bias with science will only obscure those facts.

  2. This show is a genius. It’s brilliant and everyone should be listening to it. Thank you for enlightening the world. I want to thank you on behalf of humanity.

  3. The ridiculous debate over “race” may seem similar to Creationism vs Darwin however C vs D is really a debate of an intangible component – that being God. The debate over whether race really exists is not intangible because it is written in our dna. It is what we are made of. I see the debate more like the 15th century debate over whether the world is flat or round. You could make a very convincing argument that the world is flat just by looking out your window. It took science and a little exploration to finally prove that the world is round – and still it was a full century before a round earth was common knowledge. I’m looking forward to the day that genetic science has proven beyond a doubt that there is no other race than the human race. Of course humans will continue to divide groups of people up based on arbitrary differences for political and social reasons but at least it would be clear that that is where the dividing lines are rather than in some sort of pseudo science that uses skin color as the barometer. I can accept that you and I are different if we support different political parties. That is a democratic choice. I cannot accept that you and I are inherently different people – never to get along – because 4 of the 5 dna tags in your genes that determine skin color were turned on and thus you have dark skin and only 2 of the 5 tags were turned on when my father’s sperm hit my mother’s egg leaving me destined for a life of lighter skin and faster sun burns – even though the rest of you and I’s dna is almost 99% the same. Just the absurdity of that last sentence has to make you question the validity of race.
    One thing is for sure though and this may sound crazy. If we ever discover life on another planet – watch how quickly we all unite as human beings. We just need a different “other” to galvanize us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>