Tania and Paul discuss the tragic shooting of Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer and native Somalian Mohamed Noor. How is the reaction to this horrible event different from (the much more frequent) police shootings of black people? Plus, Tania doesn't enjoy the racist shade at her public pool, and Paul tells a harrowing story of racism from his youth. SPOILER ALERT: The racism part didn't apply to Paul, but the harrowing part certainly did.
Episode 22: HBO’s Confederate & Procter and Gamble’s Talk vs Amazon Prime’s Black America & Black America
We talk about whether those wacky-White Game of Throne showrunners have any "right" to tell stories about slavery in their new show Confederate, if Amazon Prime's showrunners have more of a right to tell stories about slavery because they are Black and if Procter and Gamble's commercial "The Talk is progressive or just pandering. Plus Tania has a nosy "I've always wanted to ask".
We talk interracial marriage with author Cheryl Judice (Interracial Marriages Between Black Women and White Men) Tania talks about the "lost chaper" of the book; her interracial marriage! We celebrate Loving vs. Virginia the landmark Supreme Court decision that made interracial marriage legal throughout the land but really was a beautiful and simple love story and Paul has an "always wanted to ask" for Tania about whether her husband is ever racist! (Spoiler Alert: He's not!) Plus! Race Bait launches the Race Bait Book club! Look out Oprah!
How do we get from a discussion of slavery & the sexual predation of Thomas Jefferson... to a discussion of "Black-ish" and the sexual predation of Bill Cosby? The art of the segue... featuring George & Weezie and the dynamic Daveed Diggs! It's a star-spangled discussion of Independence Day and black folks in sit-coms; the Good, the Bad, & the Ground-breaking!
Tania and Paul take a break from solving racism to bond over their mutual fondness for S.E. Hinton's book, "The Outsiders", as well as Francis Ford Coppola's epic film version. It's a battle to out-geek each other... but who will reign as Nerd Supreme? You make the call... and STAY GOLD, everybody!!
We talk about the Philando Castile verdict, the controversy around Chicago theatre critc Hedy Weiss' bigoted review of a new show at Steppenwolf Theatre and we let Bill Maher, another chicago critic and Norman Lear in on the fact that they can't use the n-word. And we dissolve into a wildly inapproriate laughing fit for the ages.
An amazing & short little snippet from our interview with Jacqueline Battalora, on how "whiteness" was introduced to humanity by the 1% of Colonial America... and why average British dudes decided to embrace "whiteness". Sex! Violence! Power! This one's got it all-- and it's barely 10 minutes long!
We get to be one of the cool kids when we talk to our friend Paul Oakley Stovall. Paul is a multi-hyphenate powerhouse who was on the Advance Team for the Obama campaign and administration, worked on Bernie Sanders campaign, writes for Survivor's Remorse on the Starz network, sings like an angel, had a play (Immediate Family) directed by Phylicia Rashad and loves to "poke the bear" on FB. He tells us a story about how a fight with an ex turned into a racially charged nightmare, shares details about his time with the Obamas, weighs in on whether the Democratic party screwed Bernie Sanders and breaks down White privilege like a boss. Did I mention he's cool?
Christian Picciolini became a Nazi skinhead at 14, a white supremacist leader at 16, and spent the rest of his teens as a "celebrity" in the skinhead punk sub-culture. He renounced his affiliations at 22, spent the last two decades working to promote peace, and now runs an organization called "Life After Hate," dedicated to helping kids escape from racial extremist white cults. We've learned on "Race Bait" that the notion of the "white race" is a made-up construct... but the hate is very real. And seems to be growing. Tune in for an interesting, challenging and important discussion.
A planned episode on "Black-ish" turns into a heated discussion of "12 Years a Slave." Tania and Paul accidentally create a new method for navigating thorny discussions on race. "Black racism" may not be a thing... but that doesn't keep white people from feeling emotionally oppressed when the conversation gets real. The "Race-O-Meter" gets put through its paces... even before it has a name. Final verdict: awkward discussions can be productive, as long as everyone is keeping score!