Tag Archives: Racism

Preview of CS 039: Is All Inequality Created Equal with Michael Brooks (10/20/2017)



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Today Michael Brooks joins us to discuss various topics recently in the notes, including the ongoing debate between Ta-Nehisi Coates and various figures on the left and identity issues vs. class issues in general.

Michael Brooks is host of The Michael Brooks Show https://www.patreon.com/TMBS, co-host of the Majority Report, co-host of 2 Dope Boys & a Podcast, his writing has appeared in Jacobin, Baffler, Open Democracy and the Washington Post. Follow him here https://twitter.com/_michaelbrooks

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CS 038: Postmodern Geekdom as Simulated Ethnicity Pt. 1 with Kom Kunyosying and Carter Soles (10/16/2017)



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Today we have Kom Kunyosying and Carter Soles on to discuss their 2012 article “Postmodern Geekdom as Simulated Ethnicity”. This article is very dense and has a lot of different ideas making up its thesis, so we didn’t feel we could contain the discussion within a single episode. Therefore it’s a two-part episode, with this being the first part. Both parts are free and not bonus premium episodes. Subscribers to Patreon will have access to a combined version of this episode with the full two hour interview as one file however.

Dr. Kom Kunyosying completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon where he studied the overlap between iconic and ethnic representation in U.S. comics in relation to other visual and prose media. He has published essays on the rise of geek culture for Jump Cut (with Carter Soles) and on metonymy and ecology in Charles Burns’s Black Hole for Interdisciplinary Studies Literature Environment. His essay with Carter Soles, “The Walking Dead’s Hyperreal Hillbilly: Horror, Melodrama, and Backwoods White Protagonists,” is in the forthcoming anthology, “There’s Us and the Dead”: Identity Politics in The Walking Dead (McFarland). He teaches Writing and Literature at Nashua Community College. He can be contacted at kkunyosying@ccsnh.edu.

Dr. Carter Soles completed a Ph.D. at University of Oregon. Carter Soles is Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at The College at Brockport (SUNY). His research interests include geek studies, gender and identity studies, film authorship, and the comedy and horror genres. He has published articles on the queerness of the independent film Chuck&Buck (2000) for Jump Cut and on the figure of the hillbilly in 1970’s horror cinema for The Eco-Cinema Reader(Routledge, 2012). His profile can be found here: https://www.brockport.edu/academics/english/directory/soles_carter.html. He can be contacted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/cartersoles

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Preview of CS 037: The Arrogance of Dismissal (10/18/2017)



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This is a solo episode where I discuss something called The Arrogance of Dismissal. I got the term from an interview DJ Vlad did with Pras, formerly of the Fugees. It’s a concept that describes why white people often fall prey to cultural phenomenons that are utterly predictable and avoidable, but keep making the same mistakes due to a blind spot in their analysis that comes from a cognitive bias created by white supremacy that keep them from learning from examples that involve nonwhite people

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CS 034: Restaurant Chains and Slave Chains (09/24/2017)



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The first half hour is us talking about chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory for some reason, then the conversation turns to Colin Kaepernick and the #takeaknee controversy.


Preview of CS 027: Anti-Antifa White Moderates (09/03/2017)



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On this episode, D. Mills (http://www.twitter.com/mdmills79), Mike (http://www.twitter.com/blackexception1), and I discuss white moderates and their attempt to create a moral equivalency between Antifa and Nazis in the wake of incidents in Charlottesville and Berkeley.

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CS 026: Plantation Sex (08/27/2017)



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D. (http://twitter.com/mdmills79), Mike (http://twitter.com/blackexception1) and I (http://twitter.com/rickyrawls) discuss the plantation dynamics involved in a weird, random encounter I had in a bar this week.

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CS 024: Integration is Not A Racism Solution (08/27/2017)



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A solo episode talking about why the obsession with integration is a misguided antiracism strategy.

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CS 020: The Man-Not feat. Dr. Tommy Curry (07/31/2017)



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Today D. Mills (https://twitter.com/mdmills79) and I talk with Dr. Tommy Curry (https://twitter.com/drtjc) on the need for black male studies in academia and the media. Dr. Curry has also been in the news recently for a controversy he’s been embroiled in thanks to a witch hunt started by conservative white supremacist Rod Dreher. We also go into whether such a thing as Black Patriarchy exists in the black community or if it’s a myth,

Discussion Materials:

Dr. Curry’s book The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood http://amzn.to/2wj8YwS

Dr. Curry’s Academia.edu page where you can find his academic papers: http://tamu.academia.edu/TommyCurry

The Chronicle article about the Curry/Dreher/TAMU controvery: http://www.chronicle.com/article/who-s-left-to-defend-tommy/240757?key=f15y8715k1n0EpJg1p9khe9nkj7TkzwTZX8waDzm-XB91giqSV5o9bjJHYi2An7uekdiM0pUNEhUQllnaGszX0dZV3lqMGNsbVlvMzZyaHpPakJvMFNDWW1qbw

Contested Memories: A Critical Analysis of the Black Feminist Revisionist History Project by Valethia Watkins, Ph.D., J.D. http://www.jpanafrican.org/docs/vol9no4/JuneJuly-17-Watkins.pdf


CS 016: Chasing White Mirages (07/23/2017)



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Chopping it up with D. Mills (https://twitter.com/mdmills79) and Mike (https://twitter.com/blackexception1) about Black people chasing White definitions of success.

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Preview of CS 015: Racial Tourette’s or Walmart’s Nigger-Brown Snafu (07/18/2017)



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Recently Wal-Mart got in trouble for describing the color of a product on their website as “Nigger-Brown.” In this episode I wanted to go into why exactly so many people are doing so much racist spontaneous acting out  and how it relates to the alt-right’s obsession with “free speech.”

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The movie clip that starts off the episode is from the 1974 movie Trick Baby, based on Iceberg Slim’s book of the same name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pQ-YPjasGc

Breakdown of Wal-Mart’s Nigger-Brown Snafu: https://www.vibe.com/2017/07/walmart-n-brown-wig-cap/

Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy

The book: http://amzn.to/2uAhF8l

The video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFm93vMPUZw

That video link is especially a good video for elaborating on my points from this episode about how and why it’s psychically necessary for white sanity that black people remain some level of subhuman status in a system of white supremacy. I highly recommend watching the linked video or reading the linked book to get the most of this episode.