Maybe I should just stop listening to the radio entirely.
See, I can’t listen to KIIS (pop) for very long because, face it, Ryan Seacrest can be fucking annoying.* And, of course, I can’t listen to KROQ (rock) because of the rape jokes and the race jokes and that whole biglong thing I wrote about way back when. And even Latino 96.3 (hip hop and reggaeton), which I very much admire for their community work (particularly in the aftermath of the May Day stuff) and consistent talks about social justice issues, tends to be winceworthy on the asian/GLBT/sexism fronts, and drives me a little nuts with it.
(And most of the other things I might listen to here are either a) boring, b) even more offensive, or c) all of the above.)
So I’ve started listening to NPR in the morning, in between songs and snippets of useful information (like, say, the traffic reports) on other stations. And lo and behold, one day I hear the following: “Ignore the Nooses.”
Yes, that’s right. From the little summary at their webpage:
All Things Considered, October 16, 2007 · In light of the resurgence of nooses appearing in places like Jena, La., and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, here’s a modest proposal: The next time somebody plants a noose, let’s just ignore it. Perhaps paying less attention to these acts will take away their racist power.
I heard that, verbatim, and then several minutes of different people commending the logic and telling us to man up and stop being so sensitive. Stop giving the bullies what they want.
And then I had to change the channel, because the damn mechanic knows me by name after the past two weeks, and I sure as hell don’t want to explain to him why I ripped my radio out and threw it at passers-by.
What the hell?
I know I was absent from bloglandia for most of the Jena stuff, but it was certainly dear to my heart. I wore my black, I had real-world conversations about it (even with my family!), wished my sister good luck as she want off to march there with her school, and so on and so forth. And I read the host of awesome material from everyone in my little corner of the blogosphere.
So naturally, it pained the fuck out of me to hear a station that’s come to represent enlightened liberal whateverness to so many people just shitting all over that.
“Just ignore it?” Just ignore it?!
When, pray tell, has that ever worked? It doesn’t work with aggressor nations, it doesn’t work with schoolyard bullies, it doesn’t work with domestic abusers, and it sure as hell doesn’t work with people who commit hate crimes. People just don’t work that way.
I just … I am stammering right now. I can’t even organize my thoughts.
Mostly, I want to see what other people think about this. Surely Kevin or BFP or Kai, or Vox, or XP or… damn, I’d really have to go through my entire blogroll and feed reader to find someone who wouldn’t be a good person to comment on this.
So please, if you’re at all inclined, do.
* Which is not to say he’s annoying all the time, mind… I rather like/respect him in many of his other roles. But Ryan-the-metro-but-insecure-in-his-manhood-and-perception-thereof radio host is not my favorite view of him. And the rest of their talking DJs are the usual boring-yet-somehow-offensive drivel that everyone else has.