Jay Smooth Talks About Talking About Race

Monday, December 26, 2011

One of the most difficult conversations we can have in our society has to do with race. In some ways the conversation is complicated by recent milestone events in racial equality like the election of President Barack Obama. But Jay Smooth says that milestones like that are exactly the reason why we need to think and communicate more effectively about race as such milestones can obfuscate the real inequalities that still remain in our society.

Jay Smooth is host of WBAI's Underground Railroad, New York's longest running hip-hop radio show. Last month, he joined The Takeaway to discuss the subject of his recent Tedx Talk "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Talking About Race."


Comments [1]

My biggest gripe with this segment was that this piece essentially seemed to state that if somebody believes something is racist, then it is racist. Todd, particularly, should have been aware just how untrue that is since he does the D.C. beat and that is where the "niggardly" incident happened in 1999. Heck, there is a whole wiki page just devoted to black people claiming it is a racist slur because THEY MISUNDERSTAND the word. I feel that all too often the race card (and the gender card and the sexuality card and religion card...) are played too quickly by people who either offend too easily or simply are looking for an excuse for their problems.

Dec. 26 2011 09:58 PM

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