2:41 PM, May 6, 2015 • By IKE BRANNON
NPR’s “Race Card Project,” a series of stories on the topic of race and society, found another way to make us confront our own latent racism as well as the lingering racism in society this week by telling us the story of a white guy named Jamaal.
Jamaal has suffered indignities because of his name and he’s happy to tell us about it. He once got pulled over for additional screening after 9-11 on an overseas flight, along with a bunch of other men with foreign-sounding names and a white grandmother named Jenny Smith. He’s had waitresses hand his credit card back to black dining companions rather than him, and he has had students tell him they thought he would be black when they first saw the name of his teacher. And—that’s about it. How he endured these shameful episodes I don’t know. But it speaks well of his generation. Truly, he can understand the tribulations of today’s African-Americans.
The race mix-up has worked to his advantage, too: Based on his name as well as his hobbies and heroes listed on his resume (note to self: add hobbies and heroes to resume) he was taken for an African-American when he applied for a teaching job. The presumption got him the gig, the principal confessed, as the school wanted some diversity and a role model for the minority males in the school.
Jamaal proudly points out that while he might not have been what they had in mind when they were trying to hire for “diversity,” as the son of two hippy liberal parents who grew up in rural Oregon he did indeed add to the diversity of the school.
I’m not sure how to break it to young Jamaal, but the left’s battle over diversity refers solely to race. And having two hippy parents and an NPR orientation wouldn’t make someone the least bit diverse in any school in America. While he’s absolutely right in his declaration that he can be an excellent role model for African American kids, that’s totally besides the point of these set asides, at least from the perspective of their defenders.
Why NPR profiled a white man in a series about race and society is beyond me. It was about as informative on the issue as Eddie Murphy’s undercover expose as Mr. White.
'Nobody's Interested More in Good Policing than African-American Community'7:26 AM, Dec 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
America is "less racially divided" now than it was six years ago, President Obama told NPR in an interview. The president was responding to this question, from NPR host Steve Inskeep, "Is the United States more racially divided than it was when you took office six years ago, Mr. President?"
7:55 PM, Aug 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended a cocktail party this evening at the Martha's Vineyard home of National Public Radio host and special correspondent Michele Norris, according to the White House pool report. Norris's husband, Broderick Johnson, is a lobbyist who worked on Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
One man’s quest to preserve and defend the good, the true, and the beautiful Jan 14, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 17 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
Ken Myers grew up in a conservative Christian household in Beltsville, Maryland, during the 1960s. When he was in tenth grade, two important things happened to him.
His high school music teacher introduced him to the music of Bach, taking eight months to teach Myers and the rest of the boys’ choir how to sing the motet Jesu, meine Freude. And he fell upon a copy of the Saturday Review.
3:28 PM, Jul 20, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
National Public Radio media enterprise is so essential, according to backers, that it requires government support. But, as its supporters always point out, in an amount equal to merely 2 percent of the NPR budget. Which leads one to ask if the outfit couldn't find a way to spend two percent less or raise the money in one of those marathon pledge drives it holds every two or three weeks. The government, after all, is tapped out.
1:53 PM, Jun 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
National Public Radio has a blog post about President Obama's statement this morning on the private sector--and how conservatives reacted to the president's assertion that"the private sector is doing fine." The title of the post? "GOP Dope Slaps Obama For Saying Private Sector's 'Doing Fine.'"
1:34 PM, May 25, 2012 • By PATRICK COOKE
The successful have always been eyed with suspicion by the plain, decent old folk over at NPR, except for the once or twice a year when the alms cup comes out for a rattle or two. So it was a little astonishing to hear Garrison Keillor, the Clem Kadiddlehopper of the pubic airwaves, sing this smug little ditty, “Forever Dumb,” last Saturday night during NPR’s pledge week:
11:00 AM, Mar 18, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Harry Reid is deeply concerned about the House vote yesterday to defund National Public Radio. The Senate majority leader wants to know: Where will Americans in the Lower 48 hear about sled dog racing?
Mar 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 26 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
It is difficult but often advisable to resist the temptation to comment on media bias. Any rational consumer of media, let alone those with conservative leanings, knows such bias exists. To comment on every example would amount to an exercise in necro-equine sadism. There are times, however, when the extent of the problem surpasses the expectations of even the most jaded observer. This is such a time.