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Dead Giveaway - a teachable moment?



How can a song be so problematic yet so catchy? Also *dead* at the link to the cover song at the end.

This story has been covered on various NPR stations over the last couple of days, not so much focused on the rescued women but the politics of presenting/ portraying the hero in the media has sparked discussions of race and class. So much to say about this. What are your thoughts on the coverage/ subsequent internet meme-ification?

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nicolettenexxt
May. 10th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
The media has been doing this for years, doesn't surprise me.
flaxendandelion
May. 11th, 2013 05:47 am (UTC)
Black courtesy phone for Antoine Dodson.


flaxendandelion
May. 11th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
He'd naturally get covered. He's soundbiteable, he's entertaining, but most whites are making this a sensation and laughing because he's fitting their stereotype of the poor, ignorant black man. The story is more nuanced than that, and I really appreciate this article's insight into the latent beliefs of Ramsey as well as Berry:

www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2013/05/amanda-berry-charles-ramsey-cleveland-kidnap.html
flaxendandelion
May. 11th, 2013 05:54 am (UTC)
He'd naturally get covered. He's soundbiteable, he's entertaining, but most whites are making this a sensation and laughing because he's fitting their stereotype of the poor, ignorant black man. The story is more nuanced than that, and I really appreciate a New Yorker article's insight into the latent beliefs of Ramsey as well as Berry:

I had linked to the article, but this group marks all linked comments as spam, so hrm...you'll have to search for it yourself or wait until the comment gets approved lol
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