APR News Presents: Black Voices and LGBT Voices

Today we are proud to announce ‘APR Voices’, a platform for different segments of America to voice their opinions and discuss what matters to them, but nobody else.

We are starting the project with two ‘Voices’: Black Voices and LGBT Voices. For many years, the struggles of these two groups have been hidden in our country, but with the advent of the internet, their battles are becoming mainstream.

Now, what you may be thinking is that we are creating these ‘Voices’ to allow people from those communities to speak up about their issues and talk about what matters to them to people who perhaps don’t have that perspective. That’s not the case. We’re doing this because our numbers show that we’re losing the black and gay crowd so we’re pandering to them by providing an echo chamber for their views where they think they’re being listened too by mass audiences, but they’re actually just talking to themselves.

But don’t let that put you off! We’re the good guys here! Just think to yourself, is CNN doing this? Thought so. This is definitely pandering, but pandering is better than ignoring.

Stay tuned for future Voices, such as: Female Voices, Illegal Immigrant Voices, Canadian Voices, Alt-Right Voices, and many many more!

 

Rachel Dolezal fully embraces her black identity, becomes unemployed and goes on food stamps

A civil rights champion taking strides to fulfil her life’s dream

SPOKANE, WA — Rachel Dolezal, former President of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, has fully transitioned into her new African American identity and is now unemployed and on food stamps. In a statement that she scrawled on the side of the YMCA with spraypaint, Dolezal said that she is happy to fully embody the “true black experience in America.” She went on to say discuss her, “struggle making paper”.

Dolezal has received criticism from many who believe that she can’t be transrace and that race isn’t something that can be fluid. Ronald Gentry, some hick we found, says “you ain’t just gonna go to sleep and wake up a nigger. You’re born it!” After promptly being arrested for hate speech, Gentry continued; “All I’m sayin is, that ain’t somethin’ you change.”

For Dolezal, criticism has always been a struggle; But coming to terms with her identity has been an even bigger one. According to past interviews, she has said that she has always felt like a black woman; That being said, it has been very apparent that she has been taking half measures with her identity as a black woman.

This morning however, this has changed with the announcement that she is going to continue living the rest of her life with a genuine black identity. The biggest thing Dolezal wanted to account for in her life was the achievement gap in the US; She took to depriving herself of oxygen for extended periods of time to drop her IQ by 12 points, a big step on the way to embodying the black woman she’s always wanted to become. A change that has been most publicised by the civil rights icon is a push to live on food stamps and unemployment benefits.

Rachel Dolezal is well on her way to living the life that that she has wanted to live for her whole life. She also plans to have several kids and raise them to be slaves to a system built to disenfranchise them. Truly the American Dream!

Letter to the Editor: The term ‘people of color’ is like… definitely racist… right?

Dear APR,

I was flipping through radio channels and a Black Lives Matter event was being covered. The announcer was describing a specific activist in the crowd and referred to that person as a, “person of color” and I just thought to myself that the phrase “person of color’ is definitely really racist, isn’t it? How is it any different from calling a black person a “colored person”? I hope you guys can shed some light on this.

Thanks,

Dave, 28

Thank you very much for that letter, Dave. First and foremost, we’d like to say that we love all people, regardless of how colored they are. All readers are important to us here at American Public Radio.

To answer your question, the term is not racist. When you see someone on the street, the first thing you notice about them is their skin color, correct? Say you have to be able to quickly describe what you’re seeing; how do you do that? Well if they’re white, the answer is obvious. You just say, you saw a white person. Easy enough. What if they’re non-white? Asking them how they identify is much too personal and an educated guess is far worse, so you would call them a person of color. You make a good point that the term is anachronistic sounding, but that’s because we made the mistake of trying to make a new term using an old one as a base. The solution would be to go back to using the terms “colored person” or – for simplicity sake – “colored”.

Dave, you bring up a good point about why you believe the term is racist; It makes sense. But to counter your point, we ask you to ponder this question; How different are all of these races, really? The fact of the matter is, in our world, the biggest line of demarcation between people is between whites on one end and everyone else. All other minor subsets of “colored people” are irrelevant today (much like subsets of white people in America such as: Dutch, Irish, German, Swedish, etc.) and it’s easier to bring them together as one group. In fact, Dave, it’s racist to presume that they have different experiences just purely based on their skin color, so why not just group them all together? It saves time and it’s the most unintrusive way to label someone.

When you see a man in a hoodie approaching you at night and your instinct is to cross the street, you don’t care what kind of colored he is. You just care that he is colored at all, and you cross the street.

And, need we remind you, getting it wrong also makes you look a fool! Office Intern, Anna Holland, just today told of a time when she ate crow after mislabeling a Northern Cuban with a Southeastern Cuban. Classic mistake, but imagine the situation if she skipped the embarrassment and offending the person by just calling them colored? It’s impossible to mix up two, unimportantly specific, ethnic groups if you refer to both by the same name.

Race is a tough issue and racism is even harder, but think about it this way, Dave. You can’t be racist if you are trying not to offend people. When you are trying to minimize the potential miscatigorization of someone’s race, you are showing that you care about the feelings of the feelings of those groups; And to show that you care, you’d call them colored.

Thank you for the letter, Dave.

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