DISCUSSION OF BLACK.WHITE.
We break from our usual format and spend the entire episode discussing the new reality show â€œBlack.White.,â€ 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
Thereâ€™s a long tradition of blackface in the United States, and it doesnâ€™t really make sense to talk about the use of blackface in â€œBlack.White.â€ 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). Heâ€™ll outline the history and evolution of blackface, what it says about the fantasies whites have about blacks, and heâ€™ll also explain why you canâ€™t draw a direct parallel between whiteface and blackface.
Duration – 1:12:18
File Size – 33.2 MB
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