Podcast #21: Blackface Christmas!


That bizarre blog that Tracy “Brokey McPoverty” Clayton wrote about the other day —in which a Brooklyn woman found some fuzzy self-actualization and via an afro wig — might seem crazy at first, until you realize that we’re nearly three weeks into Racial Appropriation Advent. It’s almost Blackface Christmas, that magical, soul-crushing time of year where the racially oblivious dress up in horrible caricatures of people of color and their exasperated peers forward them Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack” in vain.

Tracy joins Jamelle and me, as well as special guest Nakia Hansen, to talk about this, the presidential debates and undecided voters (andJamelle’s fascinating, completely bizarre back-and-forth with Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger). And we try to make sense of affirmative action in the wake of oral arguments of the big Supreme Court case that could decide whether race can be used in college admissions. Some salty language.
You can follow Jamelle on Twitter at @jbouie, Nakia at @KiaJD,Tracy at @brokeymcpoverty and me at @GeeDee215.

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Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.