Race Ethnicity & Culture

10:03pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Code Switch

On 'Hicksploitation' And Other White Stereotypes Seen On TV

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 6:10 am

Some of the cast members of the reality show Duck Dynasty find themselves handcuffed to one another.
A&E

On cable TV, there's a whole truckload of reality shows that make fun of working-class, white Southern culture. They are some of the most popular and talked about new shows, too, such as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.

MTV tried cashing in on the redneck TV trend with its own hyped-up platform for young Southern kids behaving badly, Buckwild. It played like a Southern-fried version of Jersey Shore. Its stars were a dimwitted crew of young people in West Virginia drinking hard and riding pickup trucks through ditches filled with mud.

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3:13am

Sun April 28, 2013
Code Switch

For Some Young Latinos: Donkey Jaws And Latino Roots

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 12:40 pm

Marco Santiago plays a quijada in his home.
Farida Jhabvala Romero Radio Bilingue

We love hearing stories of how you straddle all the different cultures in your life. That's why we're sharing this report, about retro-acculturation, from our friends at Latino USA.

The process of integrating into mainstream America is a complex one if you are an immigrant. Often, people lose touch with their country of origin.

But for people like Marco Polo Santiago, the reverse is also true. Second, third and fourth-generation immigrants are seeking out their roots and creating a trend of their own.

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3:03pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Code Switch

'Yo' Said What?

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 2:57 pm

The Code Switch team loves thinking, talking and hearing about language and linguistics — see our launch essay, "When Our Kids Own America," and "How Code-Switching Explains The World." So we wanted to share this report from NPR's Arts Desk that's about the use of "yo" as a gender-neutral pronoun.

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3:51pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Code Switch

What Does Modern Prejudice Look Like?

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 8:08 am

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Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji was once approached by a reporter for an interview. When Banaji heard the name of the magazine the reporter was writing for, she declined the interview: She didn't think much of the magazine and believed it portrayed research in psychology inaccurately.

But then the reporter said something that made her reconsider, Banaji recalled: "She said, 'You know, I used to be a student at Yale when you were there, and even though I didn't take a course with you, I do remember hearing about your work.' "

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2:26am

Wed April 17, 2013
Code Switch

Seeking Oakland's Soul In The 'New Oakland'

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 6:17 pm

A DJ plays for a crowded street at Oakland's Art Murmur celebration in February.
David Kashevaroff

Oakland, Calif., was once a hub of African-American culture on the West Coast.

In the 1940s and '50s, Oakland was home to an entertainment corridor nicknamed The Harlem of the West. In the '60s, the city gave birth to the Black Panther Party. By the '80s, black folks made up nearly half of Oakland's population.

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