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'I Can Die For This Country, But I Can't Learn'
In June, the Supreme Court banned affirmative action at colleges and universities across the country, with one glaring exception: military academies. On this episode, we're asking — why?
Remembering and unremembering, from Kigali to Nashville
For centuries, the idea of the "American Dream" has been a powerful narrative for many immigrant communities. But for just as long, many African Americans have known that the American Dream was never meant to include them. So what happens when those beliefs collide? Today ten percent of the Black population in the U.S. are immigrants, and many grapple with this question. In this episode, we'll hear from Claude Gatebuke, who moved from Kigali to Nashville as a teenager in the wake of the Rwandan genocide. He talks about how the move to the U.S. likely saved his life, while simultaneously challenging his belief that he could have a full, meaningful future as a Black man.
Fall football — or the fall of football?
This week, the NFL is gearing up for the start of its 104th season. But as this new chapter begins, we're looking at some of the league's old problems with race and diversity — ones that have implications for the coaches, the players, and the fans.
Bad Bunny, Reggaeton, and Resistance
Bad Bunny, the genre- and gender norm-defying Puerto Rican rapper, is one of the biggest music stars on the planet. He has also provided a global megaphone for Puerto Rican discontent. In this episode, we take a look at how Bad Bunny became the unlikely voice of resistance in Puerto Rico. This episode originally aired in January 2023.
What Makes A Good Race Joke?
When a comedian of color makes a joke, is it always about race, even if it's not about race? Code Switch talks to comedians Aparna Nancherla, Brian Bahe and Maz Jobrani about how and why race makes an appearance in their jokes. Plus, one of our own reveals her early-career dabbling in comedy.
Family, fortune, and the fight for Osage headrights
When Richard J. Lonsinger's birth mother passed away in 2010, he wasn't included in the distribution of her estate. Feeling hurt and excluded, he asked a judge to re-open her estate, to give him a part of one particular asset: an Osage headright. But the more Lonsinger learned about the history of the headrights, the more he began to wonder who was really entitled to them, and where he fit in.
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The rest of the story
This is pretty easy and has nothing to do with the conspiracy theories favored by the hosts. For starters the Biden administration argued for a special exception to be made. And Roberts in his opinion said that it’s as reasonable to exclude the military academies as they were not a party to the case. In other words, if someone brings suit then there will be a better time and place to adjudicate the issue. And then there is just the basic issue that the military argument bears no resemblance to college campuses. Given the controversies and violence on college campuses today that difference may lessening. But even with that you have non state actors driving the violence. With respect to Harvard and UNC you had the state actors as the driver of the racism. And no mention of the simple fact that Harvard was caught dead to rights discriminating against Asians. Guess Asians don’t count.
The “Honoring our Ancestors” episodes are so conversational, honest, and graceful. I felt that while learning from your story, I was also being formed by how you told it. Thank you. May you feel the embrace of the Ancestors…Well done.