Race, History, Names And Symbols

Posted by: toddw 7/15/2020 3:55 AM

Race, History, Names And Symbols

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Protests over the killing of 46-year old black man George Floyd by Minneapolis police have forced a national conversation about race, including the racist symbols and figures that continue to exist in our society. Earlier this week, Gov. Ralph Northam called for districts to take Confederate names off of schools in Virginia, and monuments and statues to the Confederacy have been coming down across the country. Companies bearing racial stereotypes like Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben and Cream of Wheat have announced they are changing their names and updating their branding. Today, we’ll ask the question: What’s in a name? How do we determine which ones should stay or go? Join us with your thoughts, today at noon on 89.5 WHRV-FM.

Today's Guests:
Cainan Townsend – Director of Education and Outreach for the Robert Russa Moton Museum
Micki McElya – Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and author of Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America
Riché Richardson -- Associate Professor at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. Also the author of Emancipation’s Daughters:  Re-Imagining the National Body and Black Femininity beyond Aunt Jemima

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