New Book — African American women in the news: Gender, race and class in journalism (Routledge, June 2013) by Marian Meyers

From CRT-NET: “African American Women in the News offers the first in-depth examination of the varied representations of Black women in American journalism, from analyses of coverage of domestic abuse and “crack mothers” to exploration of new media coverage of Michelle Obama on Youtube. Marian Meyers interrogates the complex and often contradictory images of African American women in news media through detailed studies of national and local news, the mainstream and Black press, and traditional news outlets as well as newer digital platforms. She argues that previous studies of African Americans and the news have largely ignored the representations of women as distinct from men, and the ways in which socioeconomic class can be a determining factor in how black women are portrayed in the news. Meyers also proposes that a pattern of paternalistic racism, as distinct from the “modern” racism found in previous studies of news coverage of African Americans, is more likely to characterize the media’s treatment of African American women. Drawing on critical cultural studies and black feminist theory concerning representation and the intersectionality of gender, race and class, Meyers goes beyond the cultural myths and stereotypes of African American women to provide an updated portrayal of Black women today.”

I haven’t read it, but it looks interesting!

“I Don’t Feel Your Pain: A failure of empathy perpetuates racial disparities.” By Jason Silverstein, Slate

Empathy, difference, and race:

“Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son” by Linda Robertson

This story of a mother and a son describes the difficult path for conservative Christians with Gay family members and what this mother wishes she had done differently.

Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays? by NPR

Trevon Martin, George Zimmerman, the Voting Rights Act, Paula Dean, and many more stories about race have been in the media in the last week. This NPR story looks at issues of race, racism, discrimination, and how we negotiate and talk about race in the United States.

“Ole Miss Turns Scary Racial Incident Into Teachable Moment” by KEITH O’BRIEN/NPR

How should a campus respond when there is a racial incident? Ole Miss, given their history, is choosing to confront the incident directly. This brings up many related questions for me, including: 1) how much have things changed?, 2) what is the role of social media in racist incidents and comments; and 3) how can you teach students about privilege, race, conflict, and history in today’s world in a way that increases understanding and builds bridges.