Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Halle takes on Tim Wise
Elaine and C.I. highlight John Halle a lot (and we've given him a truest or two at Third). He has a piece at Corrente where he's holding Michael Albert and Tim Wise accountable.
Good for him.
My cousin (Marcia) has taken on Tim Wise many times before.
And the one area that needs to be added to Halle's calling out (Halle covers all the bases, this is another ballgame) is that we (Black people) are sick to damn death of White Tim Wise getting on KPFA (and elsewhere) to talk about racism against Black people.
That is so offensive.
I haven't listened to the KPFA Morning Show in some time. (It's got a new name, Morning Mix.) But when it was a two hour broadcast, about every six to eight weeks Tim Wise would be a guest for a half hour segment (minus 8 minutes of news headlines).
For 22 minutes, he would get the racism segment.
A White man would get the segment explaining what racism was and how it hurt Black people.
A White man.
I like Jane Fonda a lot. When she first got socially active, she spoke for so many causes. At one point, Native Americans made clear that they appreciated her help but they didn't need her to speak for them.
Jane Fonda got it right away.
Tim Wise has built his career out of not getting it.
That racism segment? That's sometimes the only time Black issues get addressed.
And instead of booking a Black man or a Black woman for it, we're going to have White man gab about it and tell us what it's like.
We can speak for ourselves.
We should be given a place at the microphone.
That's one of the reasons, by the way, that The Common Ills has such a large Black readership. C.I. leads the call on that sort of thing. She noted recently that Amy Goodman wasted time -- when she could have been addressing the threats to the safety net -- talking South Africa and the apartheid era . . . with . . . a White man. C.I. had in that snapshot something like, "Is it impossible to find a Black South Afrikaner to speak to? Why is it always a White man that this topic is addressed with?"
But time and again, we are held back in 'independent media' by the fact that our place at the table is already taken by some White man.
There is not now or ever a reason for a radio show to book White Tim Wise to speak about the struggles and discrimination Black people face. We can speak for our damn selves and Wise needs to sit his ass down.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"