Candid conversations about black-white relations in the US
June 12, 2014 9:43 PM Subscribe
As a white foreigner who spends much of his time on a college campus where black people are few and far between, I feel like there's a lot I don't understand about black-white relations in the US. I know my history and understand the social and political issues involved reasonably well, but what I'm missing is a sense of how these things play out in the everyday lives of ordinary people. I'd like to hear conversations and stories, in podcast form or the like, that touch on this stuff. The more candid, informal, personal, and no-holds-barred, the better.
posted by zeri to Society & Culture (21 answers total) 59 users marked this as a favorite
The kinds of things I want to hear about are, e.g., assumptions, views, and interactions that might be taken for granted if you grow up black but be a complete surprise if you grow up white or vice versa, opinions that might tend not to be voiced in discussions of race issues in the media, experiences that are hard to categorize in the familiar templates we have about race, and the like. I'm not so interested in genres such as speeches, formal debates, or interviews with public figures, because these tend to be less personally revealing. What I'm after is more like this recent TAL segment
where Janet McDonald talks about how different it is to be black in Paris than in the US; or if (say) Marc Maron did a podcast with Dave Chappelle, not in order to Talk About Race but without shying away from it either; or eye-opening Moth stories -- things like that. Suggestions?