#856 Racism as a paradigm (Media)

Today we take a look at how the media reinforces all of the existing, societal assumptions about race and we use a new analogy to describe the paradigm of racial privilege

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Racist Pattern In Press Coverage Of Shootings? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-15-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Headlines - Headlines

Ch. 4: Act 2: The Noble Act Of Humanizing The Victim - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 8-27-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: A Dose of White Supremacy - "The Weekend Is Here"

Ch. 6: Act 3: Cringe-worthy analysis of Ferguson - @MHarrisPerry - Air Date 8-23-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Modern Day Slavery - Exploring All Avenues

Ch. 8: Act 4: How Media Were Presenting Ferguson Police Tactics - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 8-15-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: How Do You See Me - Montibello Memories

Ch. 10: Act 5: The Anatomy of Six Shootings - @onthemedia - Air Date: 8-22-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Wild Ones

Ch. 12: Act 6: It takes a white person to be a witness - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 8-19-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Can I Get a Witness - Gold: Marvin Gaye

Ch. 14: Act 7: Disproportionate Reporting Of Black Crime - @TWiBnation - Air Date 8-28-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: The Ballad of the Space Babies - Sword & Sworcery LP - The Ballad of the Space Babies

Ch. 16: Act 8: Bill O'Reilly's "Moral Instruction For Black People": Michael Brown Edition - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 08-14-14

Ch. 18: Act 9: Race/Off - The Daily Show - Air Date: 8-26-14


Ch. 21: Bill O'Reilly's white privilege - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 22: Mistrusting the police - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 23: Final comments on how a cyclist can teach us about white privilege

Link to article: What my bike has taught me about white privilege

Link to 99% Invisible Episode 79: The Modern Moloch

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2014-09-02 16:18:46 -0400
    All right, I discover that such a thing as I’m suggesting already exists.


    It’s called “The black tax”.

    Black people have had a name for White Privilege for years. And it’s a better name.

    The two concepts should be linked, so people understand they are one and the same.

    And my contribution would be to point out that black tax is only one of many.
  • commented 2014-09-02 16:09:30 -0400
    On second thought, how about “black social tax”? Maybe that’s better.
  • commented 2014-09-02 16:07:56 -0400
    Hi Jay, Having listened to the racism show, it occurs to me that the big problem with White Privilege as a concept is that it’s completely backwards. Why talk about the amorphous benefits white people enjoy? It’s like talking about the privilege enjoyed by very good looking people. It’ there, it’s real, but you don’t get far saying, “that person is privileged by his perfect hair.”

    Instead, what we should be talking about is black social deficit. Black social deficit is the price that black people pay in every social interaction. It’s a certain percentage of every little thing that they do, every day, that they have to pay out, and white people (like me) don’t.

    Black social deficit is that extra effort that goes into being nice while you’re buying groceries, trying to get a job, hailing a cab, or interacting with a cop. A white male doesn’t pay that extra tax when he deals with a shopkeeper, tries to get a cab, or is stopped by a cop. A black person does.

    And there are other, less costly social deficits- but no less real. There’s female social deficit. Dwarf social deficit. Non-English-Native-Speaker social deficit.

    It’s a synonym for “prejudice”, of course, but using the word “deficit” helps to understand it as a transactional cost that people subject to the deficit pay that some people don’t.

    You could say that middle-aged white males start at zero; everyone else pays. For every social dollar a white male puts out during his day-to-day, a comparable black man may be putting out three, or four.

    So that’s what I think it should be called. Forget “white privilege.” It’s black social deficit we should be talking about.