Our Racism is a Verb segment (@20:23) about a reporter's question for Serena Williams turns into a WhiteSplainin' segment that turns into Tania and Paul laughing their butts off while navigating one of their most awkward conversations yet! And our No Judgment Book Club discusses Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson. Come see us LIVE at Steppenwolf Theatre on July 16th at 7p. Tickets available here. Follow us @race_bait and like us on Race Bait's Facebook page.
We have a new tagline, a new segment (Whitesplainin' @30:00) and old racism to discuss! We talk safe spaces vs. brave spaces, the inhumanity of children being separated from their parents at the border, the NFL, the death toll in Puerto Rico and our newest segment WhiteSplainin' enables us to go deep. Tania gets the box office number wrong when we plug our live show coming up at Steppenwolf (call 312-335-1650) but she gets the date right! (July 16th at 7p). Come join us!
Paul and Tania talk with Rina Campbell; an expert in racial sensitivity training and racial bias. She is half white, half Filipina, married to a German man and went to highschool with Paul's wife. We talk about her experiences in a household with two ethnicities, going to all White schools and code-switching. She also shares why some white people are uncomfortable identifying as white within affinity groups. @40:55 Paul makes a great point about the distinction between shame and guilt. Tania wonders when it comes to the police and racial bias training Tania asks, "Can we undo our cognitive responses? Because they are the ones with he guns."
In this episode Tania and Paul talk about and celebrate the genius of "This Is America" the video by Childish Gambino that is an example of why art matters especially in the age of Trump. Tania asks, "Can Black people go anywhere in this country anymore?" and Paul says, "White people nut up. Don't be fragile...We gotta call this shit out." Big announcement coming next week!
We talk about the men being arrested at Starbucks, whether Starbucks can really do unconcious bias training in half a day and what Tania would tell Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz if she had the chance. We grapple with what really needs to happen to change the script on racism. Tania got a response to her email from reps at the Lincoln Museum and it isn't good. Paul has a realization that is as he says, "as clear as the white on my face", grows weary and sings a bit of a song. We announce the next book for our "No Judgement Book Club" and we tease a big announcement that we'll be sharing in a few weeks!
Tania tells a tale about her family's problematic trip to the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Paul tells a tale about his much less problematic trip to the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Virgina which sparks conversation about, "Who lives, who dies who tells our story?" when it comes to slavery and civil rights history. We talk desegregation vs. integration, Tania takes an official stand on the n-word that may be suprising and Paul manages to once again say, "Black don't crack," much to Tania's dismay. BUT he does, "Take the note."
We're LIVE at Curt's Cafe in Evanston on St. Patrick's Day. We're hopped up on caffeine! Tania explains why Black people (generally speaking) hate St. Patrick's Day! Paul gets triggered! Tania gets triggered! Tania answers an "I've Always Wanted to Ask..." from a long time listener. We decode an article chock full of coded language and gobbledygook written by "do gooders" with bad intentions and we find out how Paul felt to be in the minority amongst seven Black women in our last LiVE episode at Victory Gardens. Thank you to Curt's Cafe for hosting. DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed in the episode are solely those of Tania and Paul. Curt's Cafe is in no way involved with the content of this episode. For more information on Curt's Cafe or to make a donation:https://curtscafe.org
We're LIVE at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater with a group of Black actresses kicking butt on Chicago stages. They share their personal stories, answer Paul's "I've always wanted to ask...", get real about non-traditional casting, teachable moments and self-care. @19:07 there's a searing story from actress Tiffany Ogelsby about being called the n-word and @39:40 Tania asks the group how they feel about playing a maid. We touch on theatre but really we explore navigating life as Black women in 2018 and @53:28 we address the trickiness of intersectionality. And Paul is the example of an ally in action. Featured: Tiffany Ogelsby, Tamberla Perry, Celeste Cooper, Caren Blackmore, Ericka Ratcliff and Bethany Thomas.
We get into some of your favorite segments: "I've always wanted to ask", "Racism is a verb" and a new one called "Got privilege?" On parenting and privilege Paul tells his kids, "I don't care what you are when you grow up. I don't care what you do. The only thing I want you to be when you grow up is kind." And Tania wonders, "How much do we want to build up [kid's] confidence or just create ego?" In the first segment "Got privilege" we finally answer whether you can do an all White production of The Wiz. (The answer is you can but you shouldn't.) @22:23 Paul has an "Always wanted to ask..." And the one that started it all "Racism is a verb" is @31:09.