The first present for blackface Christmas — what my play cousins at PostBourgie call the season shortly before Halloween and through Thanksgiving — comes from KCRW’s Instagram account.
I voiced my disappointment via Twitter and on Instagram.
I checked back a little later to find a flippant response from the person behind the Instagram account.
Oh right, I should just chill since it’s Halloween. I forgot that makes it okay. Not really.
Earlier this week I receive a mailer asking me to resubscribe to KCRW. Over the past ten years I’ve subscribed on and off as I enjoy the music and news programming. I was likely going to renew my subscription, but now am reconsidering.
I follow KCRW’s social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram. I was extremely disappointed, offended and saddened to see one of my favorite cultural institutions in Los Angeles feature one of it’s deejays (Anne Litt) in a Native American costume during the Masquerade Ball (10/27/12). While I respect an individual’s First Amendment right to wear what he/she wants, I do not support institutions that feature a prominent member in what is the Native American equivalent of blackface. I also do not appreciate the belittling response: “Hey y’all. No disrespect .. It’s Halloween. !!” (Screenshots can be found here: [link] and [link])
Dismissing valid concerns is not a suitable response for a public radio station.
For those not in LA, KCRW is a public radio station based out of Santa Monica College. They carry NPR as well as locally produced programming. Their music programming is highly regarded. I’ve always enjoyed the diversity on Morning Becomes Eclectic, especially when Nic Harcourt was at the helm. Harcourt featured some of the best bands in Latin America even though the primary audience is not Spanish speaking. I first subscribed in 2002 after starting my first full-time job. I subscribe on and off, mainly because I’m lazy about renewing my subscription or funds were tight in grad school.
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I hate the whole ‘We’re so informed and NOT ignorant, that it’s okay if we do this’ attitude. That is frustrating and shows they don’t really get it. It’s too bad they responded that way.
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They removed it on Monday, but there was no apology.
Hey cousin, I see my last name in “#culturenotacostume pic.twitter.com/EXfbYMJN”… of course without the ñ. Completely not related to your post, but it caught my eye.
i was really hoping for an update on this with an apology.
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