Gene Demby at the NPR blog Code Switch applauds parents in Hartford, Conn., for complaining about middle schoolers forced to re-enact slavery scenes. But it does raise the question, he says, of how to talk to kids about race.
"There's this fiction that there are arbiters who can grant permission to say" the n-word and establish the rules for saying it, Gene Demby writes at the NPR blog Code Switch. But there isn't even consensus on whether or not black people should use it.
The world will never see Oxygen's reality show about rapper Shawty Lo and the 10 mothers of his 11 children. NPR's Gene Demby wonders whether viewers are missing out on a program that might have made them question stereotypes.