© 2022 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Let’s Review is a podcast focused on current events, pop culture, identity, and the tricky art of navigating life. Your hosts are All Things Considered host Jenn White, and Michigan Radio's social media producer Kim Springer.Each episode has two parts. In part one of Let’s Review, Kim and Jenn propose a thematic topic. Sometimes they talk to a special, knowledgeable guest to get to the heart of why the topic is important. In part two of our show, "For Your Review," Jenn and Kim give you recommendations for theme-related reading, viewing, listening, etc. Cultural and political observation should come with productive suggestions for moving the conversation forward. That’s why this is a podcast with homework.

A closer look at the words we use when discussing race and racism

podcast logo

"Words mean things."

Our favorite podcasters, Crissle and Kid Fury of The Read, are fond of saying that.

It's true now more than ever, but particularly when it comes to tough conversations. 

Americans, in person and online, are discussing race and racism.

We talked with Al Young, associate professor of sociology and African/Afro-American studies at the University of Michigan, about the words we use to talk about race and current events. 

Here are some of the words and phrases we talked about:

Is what happened in Baltimore a “riot” or an “uprising?”

“Black-on-black crime” as statistically correct, but no more so than other intra-group crime.

What are the assumptions behind saying, an “unarmed black man?”

Were the recent murders in Charleston, South Carolina a “hate crime” or a “terrorist attack?”

And your host Jenn White launched a sneak attack on her co-host, Kimberly Springer, by bringing up the whole Rachael Dolezal mess. 

words_collage.jpg
Left and right images courtesy Radio Television News Digital Association/Society of Professional Journalists; center graph courtesy Linguistic Pulse blog

Related Content