Calling Out Racism | WYPR

Calling Out Racism

Mar 18, 2015

A spate of racial hate speech -- fraternity chants at the University of Oklahoma, a frat email at the University of Maryland, Facebook comments about black men in a Baltimore County neighborhood -- surface as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights marches and the country's long struggles with racial equality. Does the wide reporting of the incidents in social and mainstream media, and strong reaction to them, suggest racial progress the incidents themselves would seem to mock? What in the national culture still provides a space for such behavior? Our guests: Heather Harris, social and political commentator and professor of business communications at Stevenson University, and Ralph Moore, longtime Baltimore community organizer and poverty worker who attended the recent observances in Selma.

Officials at the University of Maryland are investigating an email sent by a Kappa Sigma fraternity member that contained racist language.