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Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.

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CodeSwitch proves itself right with the vitriol in these reviews. It's mostly white people griping about a dissection of white people—proving that you're uncomfortable having these conversations and proving that CodeSwitch and open discussions about race matter and should be had. Actually listen to the podcast before you just read the description and succumb to your immediate and most narrow-minded instincts.

Made For You and Me

I just listened to the “Made for You and Me” episode. It was amazing! I am a brown person who loves the outdoors and I can relate so much to the experiences of the people described on the show. I was so glad that this episode presented our country’s history of exclusionary laws in a clear manner and tied them to usage of outdoor spaces by people of color. Jim Crow laws, housing restrictions and the numerous other exclusionary practices that endured well into the 20th century are areas that deserve journalistic exploration. It is my sincere hope that topics like this will be better understood in the future. Airing quality shows like this that tie current topics with their historical context can only accelerate understanding. I, for one, was inspired by this episode.
The Spanish language version of the song “Made for You and Me” just drove home the point that we must think of our public land as places for all people to enjoy.

I already don't trust this show.

Which normally would be unfair, but I've been following this idea since its inception and every iteration of it I've come across, from blog posts to stories on other NPR shows, feels bad.

One of the biggest challenges I have with NPR is the way NPR in particular and Public Media (radio and television, except the Ken Burns documentaries), deals with black people. We are often the object/subject of many stories in the realm, like we were some lost tribe in the Amazonian rainforests.

When they do have 'black' contributors, they are no longer, if they were ever, living in our communities, which makes their views, in my view, suspect. It's like they have assimilated as much as they can in order to get the job they have, so when they do interact with people still on the struggle, they are in no place to call BS and challenge them.

Demby isn't a perfect example of what I'm talking about, he doesn't code switch on the job, like many black folk in the corporate world, he code switches in urban communities. Black people who speak with that vocal fry have less in common with me than white dudes who spit slang and give dap.

They black ain't like mine. I get the same sense about the other 'people of color' on the show. If the point of the show is to explain non-white things to white people, I'm sure they'll do an awesome job. But if it's to give voice to America's not-white population, I have serious doubts.

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