Thursday, March 20, 2008

How Do Americans Talk About Race?

NPR's Talk of the Nation had a nice discussion today around the question, "How Do Americans Talk About Race?" I hope you will take some time to give a listen.

Here is their intro: "Sen. Barack Obama spoke on Tuesday about the role race has played in the presidential campaign and addressed the racially charged remarks made by his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Guests and callers weigh in on the ways in which Americans talk about race in public and in private."

Erin Aubry Kaplan, columnist for The Los Angeles Times, author of the op-ed "Black Isn't Enough"

Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at the University of Texas; author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege

Michael Meyers, executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition; author of the Los Angeles Times op-ed "Obama Blew It"

Gustavo Arellano, writer of the Ask a Mexican column

What do you think? How do Americans talk about race? Or, how do they not talk about race? What is your experience?

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