A Round-up Of Code Switch's Favorite Race Coverage Of The Week
Our charge at Code Switch is to cover race, identity and culture. And of course, we're not the only folks covering these issues. So today, we're kicking off a new weekly feature — name TBD, but we're taking suggestions at @NPRCodeSwitch — where we round up some of our favorite journalism and commentary about race from public radio and beyond.
Maybe They're Actually Yelling "RUUUUUU...bio"? The erstwhile presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is in a hotly contested re-election fight. But his endorsement of Donald Trump has earned him the ire of Hispanics in the Sunshine State, who lustily booed him off the stage at a street festival in Orlando. Our teammate Adrian Florido was there reporting and caught it on video. [Adrian Florido, NPR]
If Your Roots Are In North Africa Or The Middle East, You May Finally Get Love From The U.S. Census: It seems ridiculous that an Arab-American, for example, has no box to check on the U.S. Census. But it looks like that's changing for the 2020 census. Our teammate Kat Chow reported on what makes adding a category — MENA or "Middle Eastern or North African" — so complicated. [Kat Chow, NPR]
A Forgotten Atrocity: The Los Angeles Chinese American Museum is commemorating a dark, lesser-known chapter from American history: The Chinese massacre, a paroxysm of mob violence in 1871 that might be the worst mass lynching in the country's history. The retelling of the story of that grisly night is hard to listen to but it's necessary listening, nonetheless. [Robert Petersen, Off-Ramp, KPCC]
Native Americans Face Roadblocks to Voting: Native Americans won the right to vote back in 1948, but many still face daunting roadblocks to casting a ballot. There are language barriers. Many homes on reservations have no addresses, and other have no access to the Internet or even electricity. Other Native communities sit on millions of acres of land, putting voting centers out of reach. [Carrie Jung, KJZZ, heard on All Things Considered]
My Chemical Romance And the Politics of Taste: Our play-cousin Daoud Tyler-Ameen at NPR Music sits down with Tracy Clayton of Buzzfeed's Another Round podcast and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib of MTV News to discuss their deep, messy love of My Chemical Romance's 2006 album, "The Black Parade." [Daoud Tyler-Ameen, NPR Music]
Around the Internet
Facebook Excluding People By Race? When you place an advertisement on Facebook, you can target specific users of the social networking site by interest or background. But via another category called "Ethnic Affinities," the site also allows people to exclude folks of certain races or backgrounds. That's a potential violation of federal law, and an example of the growing pains the social media giant faces as it becomes the dominant player in media. [Julia Angwin and Terry Parris Jr., ProPublica]
'People are going to march on the capitols': The New York Times talks to Trump supporters across the country who are scared of what a Hillary Clinton presidency might portend. One even suggests he would help remove Clinton from the presidency "by any means necessary." (Stay tuned for next week's Code Switch podcast episode, where we're going to ask what happens to all the fear and racism that has erupted during this campaign after it's all over. Subscribe here.)
And finally, we'd be remiss in not leaving y'all with this:
We'll be back with another round-up next week! (And if you want to suggest a title for this feature, we're all ears. Holler at email@example.com or @NPRCodeSwitch.)
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