ATR 23 – May 8, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

MIXED MEDIA WATCH NEWS UPDATE
Carmen discusses several recent news items. First, Halle Berry admits that for much of her childhood, she felt ugly and wished she were white. Haven’t we all had those thoughts? Second, two white teenage boys in Texas are accused of a vicious attack on a young Latino boy. The motivation? They thought he was trying to kiss a white girl. Third, a new study from the University of Washington claims that “multiracial adolescents in middle school are significantly more likely to engage in such problem behaviors as violence and substance use than single-race young people.”

RACE IN THE WORKPLACE
Jen shares a story about the discrimination she faced as an NYC public school teacher, and one of our listeners shares a story about a coworker who just couldn’t keep his racism under control.

LISTENER FEEDBACK
Jen and Carmen discuss an email they received in reaction to last week’s bonus mini-episode, in which they shared with you Carmen’s keynote address at the 10th Annual National Student Conference on the Mixed Race Experience.

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5 thoughts on “ATR 23 – May 8, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com”

  1. Nice podcast.Jen’s story about being a public teacher, kind of reminded me of my days in philadelphia public schools(times in my life I would like to forget for the most part).The ignorant way some of Jen’s kids acted were all to familar.While I was never a teacher, many kids, even older teens acted in a very similar way towards the only two asians there(I’m black and went to a majority black and latino public schools)One was a teacher the other was a student.What I have learned over time is that the less contact, especially POSITIVE contact one race or races have with one another, the less likely they are able to see that person/group positively and as an indivisual just like themselves.This is not always the case, but for the most part I think it’s true.To most(not all) of my fellow classmates, the only asians images they had were greedy racist corner store owners who looked down on you, and thought the were better.I can only imagine the negative/racist images asians had of us blacks and latinos.But I think I already know the answer.So much for minorities understanding each other huh? :) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen or heard of situations of asian or black or latino people saying really racist things about each other, but get totally offended if it’s their own culture being put down.The same could be said of all races.I’m glad Jen gave the students a chance, and didn’t give up.

    Sorry for the long post.

  2. The ignorant way some of Jen’s kids acted were all to familar.While I was never a teacher, many kids, even older teens acted in a very similar way towards the only two asians there(I’m black and went to a majority black and latino public schools)One was a teacher the other was a student.

    Again, it’s the “Crash” treatment where Asians get singled out for the reaaalllyyy bad, crude racist hate. For example, check out the last few minutes of Carlos Mencia’s race-based comedy routine here – where he pulls his face back with pantyhose and does karate-chops in the air to mock Koreans…

    I really don’t know how more juvenile and offensive you can get than that? People would be ashamed to do that in their front yard…yet have no problem geting paid to do it on a stage on national TV??? I guess that makes it OK and anyone watching his show will now feel free to do it at home?

  3. Alex Borstein is the actress who plays Miss Swan on Mad TV. She has said that Miss Swan isn’t supposed to be Asian. She says that she based the character’s look on Bjork, and the heavy accent is based on her own immigrant grandmother, who has a heavy accent and who often pretends that she can’t understand people, unless she wants something. Not everyone believes her explanation, and some argue that even if Miss Swan isn’t supposed to be Asian, she is often perceived as such, and thus creates a negative image of Asians.

  4. Re: Carlos Mencia. I have what I consider a pretty good sense of humor, but this guy is not funny. Mean, racist, vindictive, etc. I understand that he does poke fun at all races including his own, but his ‘humor’ is not very humorous to me. I saw an advert for his show and he was in a park setting and a small radio-controlled car hit his foot, and he looked back to an Asian guy behind a tree with the controls…can’t make a connection there. Are Asians supposed to be the majority of r/c enthusiast’s. I’ve been to a few hobby shops/r/c tracks and it seemed to me the majority of the people there were aged from adolescence to mid-30′s or mid-40′s caucasian folks. Maybe a stereotype of the electronic gadget fascination of Japanese? Still don’t get it.
    Other than the racist bent of all of his material, his constant yelling is obnoxious at best. If you need to be so loud, your jokes aren’t that funny in the first place. More of an attention-getting device than anything else.
    As far as the getting paid to do something like this, I also don’t see the point of putting something like this out there, but then again, no one’s forced to stay on Comedy Central, channel-changing is always an option. There are many things broadcast that are either unwatchable or not worth listening to and that some idiot gets paid for. Howard Stern comes to mind here.

  5. “Again, it’s the “Crash” treatment where Asians get singled out for the reaaalllyyy bad, crude racist hate. For example, check out the last few minutes of Carlos Mencia’s race-based comedy routine here – where he pulls his face back with pantyhose and does karate-chops in the air to mock Koreans…

    I really don’t know how more juvenile and offensive you can get than that? People would be ashamed to do that in their front yard…yet have no problem geting paid to do it on a stage on national TV??? I guess that makes it OK and anyone watching his show will now feel free to do it at home?”

    Having said that, lets not assume any group gets it worse then the other.

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