[JPL] Black vs White

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Wed Nov 8 10:57:25 EST 2006

On Tuesday 07 November 2006 16:27, Dr. Jazz wrote:

> I received an email today from someone in our industry that really pissed
> me off.
> The person asked if one of my client labels "...EVER record any non-white
> artists?"

That seems like a valid question to me if the label has been around for awhile 
and has recorded a number of different artists. 

> To say I was taken a back would be an understatement indeed!  I replied
> that up to to the point of receiving the email in question, in the 27 years
> in this business, the question never entered my mind.  The reply I received
> was:
> "...Yes, and unfortunately that's the historic position white folks have
> taken...  "You" never see such disparities unless "we" point them out."

Some years ago every one at WGBH was required to attend a two day sensitivity 
session. The sessions lasted for about a week and everyone was required to 
attend 2 days. The station even arranged subs for me so that I could attend.

One of the things I remember from the sessions was the idea that the dominant 
culture often doesn't see the problems other groups are having. "What 
problem?" Men didn't see the problem with the treatment of women in this 
country until women started pointing out that they wanted to do more and they 
were able to do more than have babies and clean house. So in one sense, I 
think that remark agrees with what I learned in that sensitivity session.

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM

> Your thoughts?
> -Dr.
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