Counter Stories: Racism and cultural appropriation in news headlines

The co-hosts of Counter Stories take on several stories in the news involving race, racism and cultural appropriation.

Three images, one of Meghan Markle, one of Lizzo, one of a Chinese officer
The co-hosts of Counter Stories look at how racism and cultural appropriation are showing up in the news headlines, from British media's treatment of Meghan Markle to Lizzo's Rolling Stone cover to anti-Asian rhetoric fueled by the coronavirus.
Images by Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP; David LaChapelle, Rolling Stone; Betsy Joles, Getty Images

With so many stories in the news involving race, racism and cultural appropriation, the co-hosts of Counter Stories decided to make this week’s show a “grab-bag” of sorts, including:

Meghan Markle's experience with British media forced her and Prince Harry to exit the royal family - the Counter Stories team looks at the outright racism displayed by both tabloids and such mainstream outlets as the BBC.

Singer and rapper Lizzo graced the cover of the February issue of Rolling Stone magazine. But the photo shoot, which had her posing both as a Mexican saint and in Southeast Asian ceremonial dress, sparked a conversation about cultural appropriation.

Plus, The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it's legal to refuse jobs to people with dreadlocks... A TSA agent plays with a Native American woman's braids. And fears around the coronavirus fuel anti-Asian rhetoric.

This episode’s hosts are:

  • Don Eubanks, associate professor at Metropolitan State University and cultural consultant.

  • Anthony Galloway, executive director of Arts-Us, Center for the African Diaspora.

  • Hlee Lee, owner of “the other media group”

  • Marianne Combs, correspondent for MPR News.

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