🎧 Episode 45: Transformation (Seeing White, Part 14) | Scene on Radio

Listened to Episode 45: Transformation (Seeing White, Part 14) by John Biewen from Scene on Radio

The concluding episode in our series, Seeing White. An exploration of solutions and responses to America’s deep history of white supremacy by host John Biewen, with Chenjerai Kumanyika, Robin DiAngelo, and William “Sandy” Darity, Jr.

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We really need a lot more ways for people to become engaged and help to fix these issues.

🎧 Episode 44: White Affirmative Action (Seeing White, Part 13) | Scene on Radio

Listened to Episode 44: White Affirmative Action (Seeing White, Part 13) by John Biewen from Scene on Radio

When it comes to U.S. government programs and support earmarked for the benefit of particular racial groups, history is clear. White folks have received most of the goodies. By John Biewen, with Deena Hayes-Greene of the Racial Equity Institute and recurring series partner Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Affirmative action is really best framed as White affirmative action... After listening to most of this series and really appreciating the work that has gone into it, I wish there were an online lecture series version of Deena Hayes-Greene's work for the Racial Equity Institute. I'd love to hear a longer version of what they've…

🎧 Episode 42: My White Friends (Seeing White, Part 12) | Scene on Radio

Listened to Episode 42: My White Friends (Seeing White, Part 12) by John Biewen from Scene on Radio

For years, Myra Greene had explored blackness through her photography, often in self-portraits. She wondered, what would it mean to take pictures of whiteness? For her friends, what was it like to be photographed because you’re white? With another conversation between host John Biewen and series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Photo: Matt Geesaman, Chicago, 2009. By Myra Greene.

[transcript]

There's term in marketing and advertising called markedness. Markedness says, that which is marked is different, that which is unmarked is normal. —Deena Hayes-Green, of the Racial Equality Institute It's interesting to see this word "marked" defined in a modern advertising sense and comparing it with the word "stamped" in the quote "The 'inequality of…

🎧 Episode 41: Danger (Seeing White, Part 11) | Scene on Radio

Listened to Episode 41: Danger (Seeing White, Part 11) by John Biewen from Scene on Radio

For hundreds of years, the white-dominated American culture has raised the specter of the dangerous, violent black man. Host John Biewen tells the story of a confrontation with an African American teenager. Then he and recurring guest Chenjerai Kumanyika discuss that longstanding image – and its neglected flipside: white-on-black violence.

🎧 Seeing White, part 7: Chenjerai’s Challenge | Scene on Radio (episode 37)

Listened to Seeing White, episode 37: Chenjerai’s Challenge from Scene on Radio
“How attached are you to the idea of being white?” Chenjerai Kumanyika puts that question to host John Biewen, as they revisit an unfinished conversation from a previous episode. Part 7 of our series, Seeing White.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. Relistened to this episode as a prelude to getting back into it after a long summer. Glad that there are so many more episodes to catch up on.

🎧 Seeing White, part 7: Chenjerai’s Challenge | Scene on Radio (episode 37)

Listened to Seeing White, episode 37: Chenjerai’s Challenge from Scene on Radio
“How attached are you to the idea of being white?” Chenjerai Kumanyika puts that question to host John Biewen, as they revisit an unfinished conversation from a previous episode. Part 7 of our series, Seeing White.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. There are some great questions here that are well worth revisiting in light of the remainder of the series. Some of this discussion reminds me of a lazy, 20-something comedian I heard recently. He hadn't accomplished anything useful in…

🎧 Seeing White, episode 36: That’s Not Us, So We’re Clean | Scene on Radio

Listened to Seeing White, episode 36: That's Not Us, So We're Clean from Scene On Radio
When it comes to America’s racial sins, past and present, a lot of us see people in one region of the country as guiltier than the rest. Host John Biewen spoke with some white Southern friends about that tendency. Part Six of our ongoing series, Seeing White. With recurring guest, Chenjerai Kumanyika.
If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. Having lived in many parts of the country growing up (Dahlonega, GA; Burlington, CT; Calhoun, GA; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; etc.), I can attest that the generalities described here do dovetail with many of my experiences. The cultures with…

🎧 Seeing White, episode 35 Little War on the Prairie | Scene on Radio

If possible, click to play, otherwise your browser may be unable to play this audio file. These episodes and the brutal history they contain and suggest have been pretty gut-wrenching so far. This by far delves more deeply into the history and as a result is much more hear-rending than the others. It really makes…

🎧 Seeing White, episodes 31-34 | Scene on Radio

Listened to Seeing White from Scene on Radio
Events of the past few years have turned a challenging spotlight on White people, and Whiteness, in the United States. A podcast series from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University explores what it means to be White.
Part 1: Turning the Lens February 15, 2017 audio Part 2: How Race Was Made March 1, 2017 audio Part 3: Made in America March 16, 2017 audio Part 4: On Crazy We Built a Nation March 30, 2017 audio Notes Part 1: Seemingly almost too short, but lays some good groundwork (in retrospect) for…

🔖 Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Bookmarked Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America--more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

hat tip to the podcasts Face the Racist Nation and Seeing White

Now: June 2018

Somewhere between the granularity of following my daily updates and my about page here's a quick outline of things I've been doing within the past month or plan to do in the coming weeks. What am I focused on Now? Reading new book/novella submissions for Boffo Socko Books Continuing work with IndieWeb.org Community Hosting an IndieWeb Podcast with…

Reply to @Vasta about podcasts

Replied to a post by Sameer Vasta (vasta.micro.blog)
Just unsubscribed from all 324 podcasts I was trying to keep on top of every day; starting with a clean sheet, again. If you have one or two podcasts you think are must listen, please do let me know. (Looking for endorsements, more than just recommendations.) Thanks!
@vasta I think that the 14 part Seeing White series(Scene on Radio) was stunning storytelling, introspection, and history. My other must listen is the fantastic Eat This Podcast by @jeremycherfas which is about science and culture via the lens of food.

Now: October / November 2017

Somewhere between the granularity of following my daily updates and my about page here's a quick outline of things I've been doing within the past month or plan to do in the coming weeks. What am I focused on Now? Reading new book/novella submissions for Boffo Socko Books Finishing settling into new house Continuing work with IndieWeb.org Community…

👓 Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because They Don’t Count Black Lives | The Root

Read Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because They Don’t Count Black Lives by Michael Harriot (The Root)
News reporters and anchors have repeatedly referred to the recent tragedy in Las Vegas as the “worst mass shooting in U.S. history.” Like all things that are constantly repeated, the proclamation has become fact.
There's some great history here. It reminds me about the podcast Seeing White which I've been listening to recently.