Episode 12: Race, Racism, and White Privilege

Despite the long history of racism, white supremacy, and racial violence in this country–and despite the progress that has been made in combating the worst and most glaring examples of it–Americans still have a very difficult time speaking candidly about the contemporary realities of race in our society. However, In the wake of events such as the recent not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin case, it becomes urgently clear that we need to have real, substantive conversations about the undeniable effects of inequality in the United States.

In this episode…

millsCharles W. Mills is John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University.





heidilewisHeidi R. Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Feminist and Gender Studies department at Colorado College.





rosemaryharrislytleRosemary Harris Lytle is the president of the NAACP Colorado-Wyoming-Montana State Conference.





clairegarciaClaire Garcia is a Professor of English at Colorado College.





Roger Bonair-AgardRoger Bonair-Agard is a Chicago-based poet and performance artist.

Special thanks to Colorado College Special Collections for allowing us to air material from the Colorado College Oral History Project. To hear the rest of the interview with Effie Stroud Frazier click HERE.

3 Responses to “Episode 12: Race, Racism, and White Privilege”

  1. Bodhidharma
    August 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Wow, another great episode on an important topic. I found it interesting the words you bleeped out. A standard choice, I'm not criticizing! But what does it say about our culture that certain four-letter words mostly having to do with excretion or sexuality must be silenced, but a six-letter word drenched in blood and repression (the "n-word") is rude but can be aired on a family-friendly channel? Have you guys thought about cross-posting on iTunes and/or one of non-walled-garden alternatives? I listen to a lot of KRCC when I'm in my car, but at other times I like to listen on my portable device.... Just a suggestion.

  2. Guy Monroe
    August 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    the n word and other expletives are not the same. the n word has a specific, historical context. the other words are fairly universal and inner changable. also, I think the FCC forbids the other words.

  3. Michael DiFranco
    August 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    I’m not sure to what extent the language contained contributes or detracts here. However, I am sure that this is a very powerful episode. Even though the recognition of a need for continued discussion is increasingly common, as are thoughts regarding the importance of the personal narrative, these Off Topic folks seem to really walk the walk. Their sensitive use of experiences and resources which are at or close to CC make the discussion especially salient and especially ‘present’! Episode 12 will be very hard for me to forget and I think it informs just the right kind of awareness and concern in almost anyone who listens.

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