Host Michelle Tyrene Johnson tackles different ways to unwrap and unpack race and identity.
Who gets to use all the letters of the n-word
“How come I don’t get to say the word n……”
That’s the sound of the forever question in American society about why white people can’t use the n-word.
Like mosquito bites in summer that you forget about in January, there is always some public controversy or private party chatter about why THAT word is straight-up off limits.
On this episode, I talk with University of Kentucky English and African and African American Studies Professor Regina Hamilton-Townsend. We unwrap how the actual n-word — whether it ends with a hard “er” or the soft “a” — is not a word that should be coming out of the mouths of white people.
When to protest the use of the word riot
Riots. Protests. Uprisings. Even insurrections.
Each conjures up different images and feelings, doesn’t it?
On this episode, I sit down to discuss that very thing with Dr. Ricky Jones from the University of Louisville’s Pan-African Studies department.
We talk about how when Black people and Black allies come together to protest injustice, no matter how peaceful the protests, it almost always still gets characterized as a riot.
A Karen by any other name still Karens
UCLA linguist Dr. Kendra Calhoun helps break down the origins of the nickname
Asian-American hate often starts with words
With the first outbreak of COVID-19 came an alarming increase in ugly language targeted at Asian Americans — from schoolyard bullies, cable news pundits, and even the White House — things like “China virus,” and worse. And those words don’t just hurt the ear but go hand-in-hand with actual harm. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, during the first year of the pandemic, hate crimes targeting Asian-American communities increased by 342% in eight large American cities.
How do ugly words influence the rise in Asian-American hate crimes the country has seen? That’s what I talk about on this episode, with Vietnamese-American journalist Curtis Tate.
Race Unwrapped: When the compliment articulate doesn't sound right
The sentence always has a second half that stays unspoken… but still gets heard loud and clear.
What Juneteenth means (and what it doesn't)
You're hearing the word a lot this month, from folks planning celebrations to corporations trying to generate goodwill. On this episode, we're unwrapping Juneteenth.
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I could listen to host Michelle Tyrene Johnson all day. She makes you feel like you’re chatting with friend (“speak on it!”) — while tackling the important topics of race and identity in a way that centers the voices of Black women. This podcast is much-needed in public media.
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Michelle is such an informed and charismatic host, I’m so glad this podcasts exists.
The “human visible” is a great example of this show diving into great topics and poking at some good curious questions!