Code Switch http://wuis.org en Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson http://wuis.org/post/michel-martin-goes-beyondferguson We are in Ferguson, Mo., <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-public-radio-host-community-discussion-nprs-michel-martin">at Wellspring Church</a> to hear from the community in the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Together with St. Louis Public Radio, we are also hosting a Twitter chat using #BeyondFerguson. This is an opportunity to share your reactions, ideas and frustrations, as well as talk about ways to move forward. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:58:00 +0000 NPR Staff 32238 at http://wuis.org Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson Sexist Depictions Of Latinas Aren't Just A Hollywood Thing http://wuis.org/post/sexist-depictions-latinas-arent-just-hollywood-thing <em>After Sofía Vergara's controversial appearance at the 2014 Emmy Awards, we wanted to see more perspectives exploring the cultural dimensions of the controversy. You can </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/08/27/343677207/controversy-over-sofia-vergara-obscures-an-industrys-failings">read Juan Vidal's reaction here</a>.<em> Here's a response from contributor Daisy Hernandez.</em><p>I have a love-hate relationship with actress Sofía Vergara's rise to fame. On the one hand: <em>Wow, there's a Latina on a major hit TV show</em>. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:23:00 +0000 editor 32223 at http://wuis.org Sexist Depictions Of Latinas Aren't Just A Hollywood Thing Controversy Over Sofía Vergara Obscures An Industry's Failings http://wuis.org/post/controversy-over-sof-vergara-obscures-industrys-failings <em>After Sofía Vergara's controversial appearance at the 2014 Emmy Awards, we wanted to see more perspectives exploring the cultural dimensions of the controversy. Make sure to </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/08/28/344019529/sexist-depictions-of-latinas-arent-just-a-hollywood-thing?live=1">read Daisy Hernandez's reaction</a>.<em> Here's a response from contributor Juan Vidal.</em><p>Sofía Vergara spun on a pedestal Monday night at the 2014 Emmy Awards, and social media exploded. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Juan Vidal 32224 at http://wuis.org Controversy Over Sofía Vergara Obscures An Industry's Failings Springfield Performs ‘The Mikado’ – Is It Racist? http://wuis.org/post/springfield-performs-mikado-it-racist <p>Putting on older theater productions can be a dilemma for those who want to preserve the art in its original form. Some production groups may decide to reinvent pieces that could be seen as problematic in modern times. An operetta currently being performed in Springfield by local actors has sparked controversy for what many consider to be racist qualities.</p><p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:19:27 +0000 Rachel Otwell 32209 at http://wuis.org Springfield Performs ‘The Mikado’ – Is It Racist? How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia http://wuis.org/post/how-kung-fu-fighting-melody-came-represent-asia <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhUkGIsKvn0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEmJ-VWPDM4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eU91nut6Oo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNQQluXMKKM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_YnFwGOunU</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Kat Chow 32177 at http://wuis.org How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia Which Outlets Aren't Calling The Redskins 'The Redskins'? A Short History http://wuis.org/post/which-outlets-arent-calling-redskins-redskins-short-history Football season is upon us once more, which means another year of swirling debate around just what to do about the Washington Redskins' name.<p>Now, the Redskins' hometown paper,<em> The Washington Post,</em> has waded into the fray: Its <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/washington-post-editorials-will-no-longer-use-redskins-for-the-local-nfl-team/2014/08/22/1413db62-2940-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html">editorial board announced Friday</a> that the nickname would no longer appear on its op-ed pages.<p><blockquote><p>"[T]he matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 32024 at http://wuis.org Which Outlets Aren't Calling The Redskins 'The Redskins'? A Short History 50 Years Before Ferguson, A Summer Of Riots Racked The U.S. http://wuis.org/post/50-years-ferguson-summer-riots-racked-us Fifty years ago this summer — a half-century before the protests in Ferguson, Mo. — riots broke out in seven cities in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Pennsylvania, sparked by confrontations between black residents and their predominantly white police forces.<p>In Philadelphia, the violence began after dark, in late August.<p>"It was a hot day and just wasn't too much activity in the hood, as they say," remembers Kenneth Salaam, who was 15 years old in 1964.<p>He was hanging out in his North Philadelphia neighborhood with friends when police cars began zipping by one after another. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:59:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 31950 at http://wuis.org 50 Years Before Ferguson, A Summer Of Riots Racked The U.S. For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police http://wuis.org/post/parents-young-black-men-autism-extra-fear-about-police Lorraine Spencer has been watching the news from Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed by police, and worrying about her own son's safety. Jermaine is 16 years old and bi-racial, with a dark complexion. He also has autism and wants to be more independent, especially as he nears adulthood.<p>"It's my worst nightmare," she says. "I have the issue with him not understanding, possibly, a command to put your hands up or to get on the ground. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Rebecca Hersher 31925 at http://wuis.org For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police To Pitbull's Fans Around The World, 'Dale' Is A Way Of Life http://wuis.org/post/pitbull-fans-around-world-dale-way-life <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPo5wWmKEaI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jlI4uzZGjU</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:08:00 +0000 editor 31924 at http://wuis.org To Pitbull's Fans Around The World, 'Dale' Is A Way Of Life Emotional Distress A Worry As Kids Go Back To School In Ferguson http://wuis.org/post/protests-ferguson-cause-some-kids-suffer-emotional-distress <em>This story is one that is meant to be heard. Click on the audio player above to give it a listen. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 31824 at http://wuis.org Emotional Distress A Worry As Kids Go Back To School In Ferguson How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice http://wuis.org/post/how-sell-diverse-books-bookstore-owners-advice This week we've been exploring the question of diversity in the publishing industry.<p>From the classrooms of M.F.A. writing programs to the corporate offices of the big Manhattan publishers, NPR's Lynn Neary has reported on why there is an absence of people of color across the industry. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:10:00 +0000 editor 31790 at http://wuis.org How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice The Sleepy Road Near Our National Conversation On Race http://wuis.org/post/sleepy-road-near-our-national-conversation-race On television, it's hard to get a sense of just how small the stretch of West Florissant Avenue — the thoroughfare in Ferguson, Mo., that's drawn international attention after the killing of Michael Brown — really is.<p>On either side of West Florissant, there are nail salons and barber shops, liquor stores and Chinese food spots, convenience stores and places where you can buy refurbished electronics or pay your utility bills. Because of the unrest, lots of the stores are boarded up, some as precautions against vandalism and looting, others as a result of it. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:17:00 +0000 editor 31776 at http://wuis.org The Sleepy Road Near Our National Conversation On Race An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted — In 1962 http://wuis.org/post/officer-shot-black-teen-and-st-louis-rioted-1962 <em>Amid the flurry of coverage about Michael Brown's death and the reaction in Ferguson, Mo., journalists <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/08/ferguson_protests_over_michael_brown_won_t_end_soon_the_black_community.2.html">have been unpacking St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest</a>. In some of these stories, the parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks are striking.</em><p>There aren't many clear details surrounding Donnell Dortch's death on Sept. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:18:00 +0000 Kat Chow 31759 at http://wuis.org An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted — In 1962 To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence http://wuis.org/post/achieve-diversity-publishing-difficult-dialogue-beats-silence Last spring, a group calling itself <a href="http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/">We Need Diverse Books</a> launched a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WeNeedDiverseBooks&src=tyah">Twitter campaign</a> to press for greater diversity in children's books. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31718 at http://wuis.org To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence Two Miles From Protests, Residents Want Calm To Return To Ferguson http://wuis.org/post/two-miles-protests-residents-want-calm-return-ferguson <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Two+Miles+From+Protests%2C+Residents+Want+Calm+To+Return+To+Ferguson&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExMDQwMzQzMDEzNjMyMTE3MjRkNzlmNg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 31703 at http://wuis.org Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists http://wuis.org/post/ferguson-killing-inspires-young-black-activists The nation has been gripped by the ongoing protests following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. But the demonstrations sparked by his death have spread far beyond the streets in his community. Young activists from around the country tell us how the events in Ferguson moved them, and what they hope might come from this moment.<p><hr /><p><em>Malcolm London is a poet, activist and educator. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:56:00 +0000 editor 31694 at http://wuis.org Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other' http://wuis.org/post/elite-mfa-programs-challenge-writing-while-other For many writers, a contract with one of the major publishing houses is the Holy Grail — and getting accepted to a prestigious Master of Fine Arts program may bring aspiring writers one step closer. But these elite writing programs have a history steeped in whiteness, and writers of color don't always feel welcome.<p>Best-selling author Junot Diaz recently caused a stir when he blasted MFA programs for being "too white" in an <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/mfa-vs-poc">article for <em>The New Yorker</em></a>. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31645 at http://wuis.org In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other' In Ferguson, Mo., A City Meets The Spotlight http://wuis.org/post/ferguson-mo-city-meets-spotlight Etefia Umana says that Ferguson, Mo., is in some ways a media fiction.<p>We're sitting in the offices of Better Family Life, an organization that provides social services to people in the area. Umana chairs its board and lives in Ferguson.<p>It's not that the municipality of Ferguson doesn't exist — it has a mayor, a school board, and what is now a nationally scrutinized police force. But to a lot of the folks who live in Ferguson, it may as well just be St. Louis, the city that abuts them and that gives their county its name. Ferguson is so small, and St. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:23:00 +0000 Gene Demby 31631 at http://wuis.org In Ferguson, Mo., A City Meets The Spotlight The Death And Uneasy Rebirth Of Cambodia's Psychedelic Rock http://wuis.org/post/death-and-uneasy-rebirth-cambodias-psychedelic-rock <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBVNnBLFHnA</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Gregory Barber 31517 at http://wuis.org The Death And Uneasy Rebirth Of Cambodia's Psychedelic Rock Code Switch Roundup: On Race, Policing And Ferguson http://wuis.org/post/code-switch-roundup-race-policing-and-ferguson <em>Over the past week, much of the nation's attention has been trained on the town of Ferguson, Mo., following an incident there in which a police officer shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. Like similar stories, the Michael Brown shooting has become a flashpoint for conversations about race and policing, and there have been heated, chaotic showdowns between the police there and protesters. </em><p><em>Here's some of what's been written about the shooting and the reaction to it in the week since. </em><p><strong>FERGUSON AT A GLANCE</strong><p>Ferguson, Mo., (pop. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:40:00 +0000 Gene Demby 31480 at http://wuis.org Code Switch Roundup: On Race, Policing And Ferguson Behind A Twitter Campaign, A Multitude Of Stories http://wuis.org/post/behind-twitter-campaign-multitude-stories Earlier this week, media outlets across the country (e.g. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 31472 at http://wuis.org Behind A Twitter Campaign, A Multitude Of Stories Summer Camp In State Prison: A Chance To Bond With Dad http://wuis.org/post/summer-camp-state-prison-chance-bond-dad On the list of activities for this summer camp: visiting Dad in a maximum security prison. The nonprofit group Hope House runs three camps to keep children connected with incarcerated dads who might not be close to home.<p>There are also plenty of arts and crafts, mosquito repellent and campfire songs.<p>Carol Fennelly founded Hope House in 1998, after a Washington, D.C.-area prison was closed, sending thousands of inmates to far-flung institutions. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 31452 at http://wuis.org Summer Camp In State Prison: A Chance To Bond With Dad While Films And TV Shows Miss Latinos, A YouTube Outlet Grows http://wuis.org/post/while-films-and-tv-shows-miss-latinos-youtube-outlet-grows Over the past few months, there's been a lot of coverage of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/08/06/338324139/why-arent-top-films-diverse-as-the-real-world-they-miss-hispanics">the paucity of Latino depictions on American movie and television screens</a>, particularly given that Latino audiences are disproportionately driving box-office ticket revenues. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:16:00 +0000 Kat Chow 31416 at http://wuis.org While Films And TV Shows Miss Latinos, A YouTube Outlet Grows Roundtable: The Past And Present Of 'Yellowface' http://wuis.org/post/roundtable-past-and-present-yellowface Every few months, there's a renewed discussion about "yellowface" — when people wear makeup or clothes in an attempt to look more Asian. In just the past year, the subject has come up in conversations about <em><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/32-powerful-tweets-that-takedown-yellowface-on-how-i-met-you">How I Met Your Mother</a></em>, <em>The Mikado</em>, <em>Magic in the Moonlight </em>and a performance by Katy Perry. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:46:02 +0000 Kat Chow 31327 at http://wuis.org Wanted At Barneys New York: An 'Anti-Profiling Consultant' http://wuis.org/post/wanted-barneys-new-york-anti-profiling-consultant The luxury retailer Barneys New York is hiring.<p>WANTED: an "anti-profiling consultant."<p>The hire is just one part of Barneys' new settlement with the New York state attorney general's office, as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/11/339641172/barneys-agrees-to-settlement-over-racial-profiling-allegations" target="_blank">The Two-Way reported</a> this week.<p>The state launched a nine-month investigation after <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=241903939" target="_blank">two African-American customers claimed they were racially profiled</a> and f Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 31322 at http://wuis.org Wanted At Barneys New York: An 'Anti-Profiling Consultant' Pentagon Does About-Face On Hair Regulations — Black Women Approve http://wuis.org/post/pentagon-does-about-face-hair-regulations-black-women-approve When the Army issued updated grooming rules this spring, many black military women were offended and dismayed. The natural hairstyles many of them favored had been declared illegal: Cornrows were okay, but only if they were no larger in diameter than 1/4 inch (about the size of the diameter of a no. 2 pencil — thin). Dreadlocks were forbidden completely. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 31284 at http://wuis.org Pentagon Does About-Face On Hair Regulations — Black Women Approve Why We've Been Seeing More 'Yellowface' In Recent Months http://wuis.org/post/why-weve-been-seeing-more-yellowface-recent-months You might have heard a lot about "yellowface" in recent months. It's the word widely used to refer to someone donning makeup or clothing to present the appearance of looking Asian. But why are we seeing the word — and the phenomenon it refers to — so much this year? Is it because it's happening more? Or are we just more aware?<p>In the past month, Seattle's Gilbert and Sullivan Society came under fire for its production of <em>The Mikado. </em>The operetta premiered in London in 1885 and was intended to be a satirical commentary of British society — except it was set in Japan. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:23:00 +0000 editor 31266 at http://wuis.org Why We've Been Seeing More 'Yellowface' In Recent Months What Policing Looks Like To A Former Officer http://wuis.org/post/what-policing-looks-former-officer Ronald Hampton worked in law enforcement in Washington, D.C., for 23 years, first on the street, and then as a community relations officer. He was also heavily involved in program development, education and crime prevention. He retired from the police force in 1994, but continued his work as the executive director of the National Black Police Association. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:03:00 +0000 editor 31257 at http://wuis.org What Policing Looks Like To A Former Officer What Policing Looks Like To A Former Investigator Of Misconduct http://wuis.org/post/what-policing-looks-former-investigator-misconduct When I was in my early 20s, my days were spent listening to New Yorkers tell me stories of how officers from the New York City Police Department had beaten them up. On most days, the person sitting across from me was a young, African-American man. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:42:00 +0000 editor 31245 at http://wuis.org What Policing Looks Like To A Former Investigator Of Misconduct Author Explores Irony And Identity In 'A Chinaman's Chance' http://wuis.org/post/author-explores-irony-and-identity-chinamans-chance The phrase "a Chinaman's chance" may include a racial slur, but Eric Liu's father would use it in a sort of "devilish, ironic way" to describe the most prosaic events, Liu says.<p>"If the Yankees were down by five in the ninth inning, 'Oh, they've got a Chinaman's chance of winning this game,' " he recounts. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:36:15 +0000 editor 31148 at http://wuis.org Author Explores Irony And Identity In 'A Chinaman's Chance'