ATR 19 – Mar 20, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

DISCUSSION OF BLACK.WHITE.
We break from our usual format and spend the entire episode discussing the new reality show “Black.White.,” which premiered March 8th on FX. This is a show where a white family and a black family put on make-up to disguise themselves and try to live as the other race. Carmen and Jen share their thoughts on episodes 1 and 2 of the show.

UPDATE: Here’s the Los Angeles Times article Carmen mentions during the show, which discusses the “mix of creative manipulations and reality show tactics” that “undermine the frank discussions about race relations its producers said they wanted to inspire.”

INTERVIEW WITH ERIC LOTT
There’s a long tradition of blackface in the United States, and it doesn’t really make sense to talk about the use of blackface in “Black.White.” without taking a look at the historical significance of this phenomenon. Carmen interviews Eric Lott, author of Love and Theft : Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (Race and American Culture). He’ll outline the history and evolution of blackface, what it says about the fantasies whites have about blacks, and he’ll also explain why you can’t draw a direct parallel between whiteface and blackface.

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Duration – 1:12:18
File Size – 33.2 MB
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ATR 18 – Mar 6, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

RANT:
The sensationalism surrounding the recently born U.K. twins (“one black! one white!”) and the upcoming race-swapping reality show Black. White are the subjects of our guest rant from Dr. Joseph L. Graves, pre-eminent evolutionary biologist and author of The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America.

MIXED MEDIA WATCH NEWS UPDATE:
Carmen discusses the recent trend of going undercover to “expose” prejudice against various marginalized groups (e.g. Tyra Banks in the fatsuit). She also discusses a recent Wired magazine cover story on Keanu Reeves, and wonders if his racially ambiguous look can explain why he has been cast in so many interesting sci fi films (a.k.a. mixed=futuristic). Finally, she discusses a recent article about former Miss Universe Brook Lee who is resisting pressure to “pass” as Latina or white and audition for non-Asian roles. Should actors just go for the roles they can get? Or do they have a responsibility to portray characters that reflect their ethnic heritage?

GUEST COMMENTARY FROM CLAIRE LIGHT:
Claire Light discusses why we need to challenge the idealized notions of mixed race identity that are so prevalent. You know, ideas like “mixed people will bring about the end of racism.” Check out her article The Multiracial Dream on Pop + Politics. You can read more of her work on Other Magazine’s staff blog, as well as Claire’s personal blog at clairelight.typepad.com.

INTERVIEW WITH ALICE SANDOSHARAJ
Jen interviews Alice Sandosharaj, Bode Wise Fellow of American Studies at the University of Maryland about the concept of the model minority and how it impacts Asian-Americans and African-Americans. Who benefits from the model minority myth and who is unfairly victimized by it? Prof. Sandosharaj posits that the discussion of privilege should extend beyond white privilege.

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Duration – 1:46:45
File Size – 49 MB
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