ATR 53 – Minority Rules: Turn Your Ethnicity Into a Competitive Edge – 12/25/2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

Carmen interviews Kenneth Arroyo Roldan, author of Minority Rules: Turn Your Ethnicity Into a Competitive Edge about race in the workplace and how people of color can get ahead in corporate America.

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ATR 52 – Reclaiming racist, Apocalypto, brides, Rosie – 12/18/2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Kristen Chase in this episode. Kristen is the author of the popular blog Motherhood Uncensored and host of the podcast by the same name. Kristen also co-founded Cool Mom Picks, a cheeky product and service review blog for discerning moms and writes The Mom Trap blog at Clubmom.com.

After listener feedback, Kristen and Carmen discuss the following four news items:

  • Reclaiming Racist: Because we stopped calling out people as being racist, the very people who support systems of oppression now label us racists. Because racist became perverted, some are now distorted enough to think the oppressed are the oppressors.
  • Anthropologist: Mel Gibson’s ‘Apocalypto’ is a pornographic Western fantasy of supremacy: Traci Ardren, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Miami, argues that the film resurrects racist notions about Mayan culture that have long been disproved by scholars.
  • Bridal magazines seem to think black women don’t get married: “Our data seem to support the idea that the phrase ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride’ was actually meant for how women of color are represented in bridal magazines,” Frisby said.
  • Racism abounds following Rosie: Comments on the story have taken several classic, yet undeniably ignorant, turns. 1. Rosie Didn’t Mean To Be Racist. 2. If It Were (X), They Wouldn’t Be Mad… 3. “Ching Chong” is a Bad Accent of an Otherwise Accurate Representation of Chinese. 4. “Ching Chong” Is Funny. 5. “Get Over It”. 6. Now’s My Chance To Hate on Asians, Too…

This episode features music from J. Dilla featuring Pharoahe Monch and Pigeon John, courtesy of Spectre Music.

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Duration – 49:00
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  • Episode 51: Carmen is joined by guest co-host Karen Walrond in this episode. They discuss the cop who made two black men rap for him to get out of a ticket, Wentworth Miller’s real-life “Human Stain” experience, Damon Wayans’ declaration that the n-word is part of black culture, and Rosie O’Donnell’s ching chong mockery on “The View.”

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  • How do you celebrate the, um, holidays? Anyway, in my household, with our toddlergirl old enough to enjoy ripping paper off of presents this year and my Filipina Catholic better half covering the religious part of our daughter’s education…I do my part to mix it up, pun intended, by reppin’ secular ethnic (half-)Jewishness with brisket and latkes sometime in December. Not sure how to incorporate sansei grandma’s Buddhism yet–though, of course, the brisket recipe is hers.
  • On adoption and race: The question, therefore, is not whether the baby looks like you expected her to, but whether you can handle it if she doesn’t. And this, my friends, takes some serious soul-searching — a flippant “of course I can, I’m not racist, I have friends of all colours” is not enough. It requires honestly looking at biases that you may have based on others’ skin colour, or culture, or nationality, and really being frank with yourself as to where any discomfort you feel comes from.
  • Gratuitous cute kid pic: Anti-Racist Parent Denise writes, “My little girls “getting married” today with my half slips on their heads!!!”
  • The preschool dilemma: We started our search with a list of three schools in our area recommended by other parents (the ultra-liberal school, the hippie school and the neighborhood school). When asked, the other parents claimed the schools had “diversity.” It didn’t take much research for me to eliminate all three of them because they had only one or two children of color in the entire school.

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  • Reclaiming Racist: Because we stopped calling out people as being racist, the very people who support systems of oppression now label us racists. Because racist became perverted, some are now distorted enough to think the oppressed are the oppressors.
  • Anthropologist: Mel Gibson’s ‘Apocalypto’ is a pornographic Western fantasy of supremacy: Traci Ardren, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Miami, argues that the film resurrects racist notions about Mayan culture that have long been disproved by scholars.
  • Comedian: James Kim died because “Asians are such bad drivers”: “What can you expect though? Of course they got lost, because everybody knows that Asians are such bad drivers.” I really wanted to fling myself off the balcony and throttle him with my bare hands. Or weep. Or both.
  • Bridal magazines seem to think black women don’t get married: “Our data seem to support the idea that the phrase ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride’ was actually meant for how women of color are represented in bridal magazines,” Frisby said.
  • Do Korean-Americans control the black hair care market? There’s a self-funded documentary causing some buzz online. It positions itself as an expose revealing that “Koreans have come to control virtually every aspect of the multi-billion dollar, black hair care industry, from manufacturing to distribution to retail sales, while simultaneously employing tactics to put African-American merchants and wholesalers out of business”
  • Racism abounds following Rosie: Comments on the story have taken several classic, yet undeniably ignorant, turns. 1. Rosie Didn’t Mean To Be Racist. 2. If It Were (X), They Wouldn’t Be Mad… 3. “Ching Chong” is a Bad Accent of an Otherwise Accurate Representation of Chinese. 4. “Ching Chong” Is Funny. 5. “Get Over It”. 6. Now’s My Chance To Hate on Asians, Too…

ATR 51 – Kramer, Rosie, Wentworth, Damon Wayans – 12/11/2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Karen Walrond in this episode. Karen is a writer and photographer, and author of the blog Chookooloonks. She’s also a columnist for New Demographic’s blog Anti-Racist Parent.

After listener feedback, Karen and Carmen discuss the following four news items:

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Duration – 42:22
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  • Episode 50: Jen and Carmen discuss Jen’s transition out of the New Demographic co-director role.

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  • Jealousy: Everytime I hear about an adoptee who has reunited with their families, the green-eyed monster makes a visit. I have witnessed three reunions and have had many more friends reunite with their bio families and while I am beside myself with happiness for them, it also reminds me that I am still waiting.
  • Columnist Intro – Dawn: I remember cradling him while my exhausted husband slept on the pull-out couch in the corner of my hospital room. I gazed lovingly into his perfect little scrunched up face and thought, “Oh my god – I had a white male!”
  • Gratuitous Cute Kid Pic: Anti-Racist Parent Rebecca writes: “This picture was taken at my moms house as Lauren (6) and Jacob (2) were meeting their baby sister Norah for the very first time. They were so excited and so gentle with her. This shot perfectly captured that sweet moment.”
  • Columnist Intro – Michelle: I guess at first glance, I would appear to be a good candidate as a contributor for the Anti-Racist Parent: I’m a biracial woman (mother is Korean, father is white) who is married to black man, and we have 3 mixed race children: 2 girls (9-years-old and 20 months) and 1 boy (3-years-old). I also have 4 black, teenage stepsons.

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ATR 50 – Important Announcement – 12/04/2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 – addictedtorace@gmail.com

jen chauJEN TRANSITIONS OUT OF NEW DEMOGRAPHIC CO-DIRECTOR ROLE

This is the hardest decision I have made in a while. After more than two years of working with Carmen, co-directing New Demographic, co-editing Mixed Media Watch (now Racialicious), and then creating Addicted to Race and many more fabulous blogs (Race Changers, Anti-Racist Parent), I have decided to transition out of my Co-Director role.

In the past several months, our work has intensified exponentially. With the addition of several new projects this fall, Carmen and I have been contacted by more media outlets for commentary, we have been approached by more organizations interested in our workshops, and we have had the pleasure of engaging with more and more of you, our readers and listeners. However, New Demographic is not the only thing in my life that has picked up the pace — my work with Swirl (the non-profit I founded 7 years ago) and New Leaders for New Schools (my full-time job) has also become more demanding. In an effort to really do a couple of things well instead of spreading myself too thin, I decided that it made sense to focus on my work with Swirl and New Leaders for New Schools, knowing that New Demographic would be carried on by the more-than-capable Carmen!

So, Carmen will continue on as the Director of New Demographic. Given her talents and knowledge, I am confident that New Demographic will only continue to grow by leaps and bounds. I am excited to stay abreast of all of New Demographic’s projects to see how they transform and grow.

I am going to continue to contribute to the work of challenging society’s ideas around race and identity through my role as Founder/Executive Director of Swirl and with my Human Resources Director role at New Leaders for New Schools.

Swirl (www.swirlinc.org) is a social justice organization building and serving a mixed heritage community through support, education and empowerment. We are focusing on the re-launch of our new website, growing and expanding to serve more cities across the country, and building more programs for our growing diverse communities. I am glad to be able to devote more attention to the organization, really building off of our past successes and taking the time to be strategic about shaping the work we do, moving forward.

I am also very excited to be a part of an educational reform movement through New Leaders for New Schools (www.nlns.org). For the past six years, this organization has mainly served as a training ground for exceptional teachers to become principals. They go into schools that are struggling, where children aren’t at the reading and math levels they need to be, and help to turn those schools around. New Leaders operates with the belief that all (every single) child can achieve at high levels. There is a built-in drive to reach equality in education in order to level the playing field for children — no matter what background (class, race, etc). This is an important mission, and one that I am committed to. A just education must be provided if we are going to chip away at the racial disparities that exist. I have been at New Leaders for about one and a half years now, working on the HR Team and I have just recently been promoted to Director. I am glad to be helping to provide strong systems and processes to an organization that is going to change education as we know it.

I may no longer be an official part of New Demographic (other than being one of its proud founders :)), but I will very much be a part of the work we are all doing to challenge the status quo and break the harmful stereotypes that fuel many of our interactions with one another.

The last couple of years have been fulfilling and exciting for me. Seeing the change that is possible through connecting people of different backgrounds and experiences, seeing how eyes are opened by the offering of new information, realizing how many like-minded people are out there willing to challenge the ways we think about race…it has made me very hopeful. I am looking forward to seeing not only how New Demographic grows, but how more and more people will become a part of our growing community of people dedicated to challenging racism, moving us forward, and connecting people of different ethnicities rather than separating us. I may not talk with you regularly (through Racialicious, ATR, ARP, etc.), but I will be right alongside you, working to educate and to break down the racist ideals that still plague us today.

Thanks for the learning and the laughter. I’ll see you all out there, making a difference,

Jen

(btw, I encourage all who are interested in continuing to stay in touch with me or those who are interested in getting involved in community organizing around race and identity, to reach me at jenchau@swirlinc.org.)

Duration – 10:15
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  • Assignment 8 – Understanding the history of lynching: Richards betrayed his intimate knowledge of lynching culture by mentioning a fork in his remarks. References to eating (”coon cooking,” “barbecue,” “main fare”) were extremely common in correspondence and reports on lynchings. Also, celebratory barbecues and picnics were often held during or after the lynchings.

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  • Episode 49: Carmen chats with movie producer Teddy Zee about the current state of representations of Asian-Americans in film and television. Zee is president of Ironpond, an entertainment company that bridges Hollywood and Asia. Previously, he was a top-level studio executive at Columbia and Paramount. He produced Hitch, Saving Face, The Pursuit of Happyness, and recently completed West 32nd.

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  • Racism as a face cream? I saw this ad campaign mentioned on Adrants, produced by the ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. I guess the concept is that racism is like a face cream: the more you “apply” it, the uglier you become.
  • How awesome was Heroes last night? I know I can’t be the only Heroes fan on this blog, right?
  • Paul Mooney vows to stop using the n-word: comedian Paul Mooney has vowed to stop using the n-word as a result of the Michael Richards incident. He joked about Richards, “He’s my Dr. Phil. He’s cured me.” The question is, would abolishing the word really do any good?
  • Gwen Stefani: everyone else is racist, not me! Yeah, gee I wonder why people would view Japanese women as submissive, pliable creatures when Gwen Stefani is parading these four women around as dancing, giggling human props who are contractually obligated to only speak Japanese even though they’re all American.
  • Whiteness in a bottle: Alabaster perfume from Banana Republic: Alabaster is just one of three new fragrances they’re offering this season, but is it a coincidence that it’s the only one that gets the full-page treatment? Hmmm…
  • Banned racist Merrie Melodies cartoon: 1943’s ‘Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs: For me, Coal Black stands as one of the clearest expressions of the relationship between white supremacy, patriarchy, and militarism. Needless to say, the short is rife with almost every racist meme ever projected onto African Americans.