Rebel is Rebecca Carroll's regular conversation on race and pop culture. You can hear Rebecca talk about these issues with guests on Wednesday mornings on WNYC, or participate in one of Rebel's monthly conversations in The Greene Space.
Lately, public racists have been getting fired. Think Roseanne Barr, the chief communications director of Netflix, or Papa John pizza's founder. But what should happen to all those racist actions and words that took place before they were captured on cell phones and in social media? WNYC's Tanzina Vega, host of The Takeaway, came in for a conversation about whether there's a statute of limitations on racism.
"I think it's a tricky thing to do," Vega said. "It's a very difficult thing to litigate after the fact." But it certainly won't happen, she said, until "we get to that point where we can say, 'This is racist,'" instead of "racially-charged."
Last week, I held a conversation at The Greene Space with Tanzina, activist and author Blair Imani, and The Nation's national affairs correspondent Joan Walsh on whether there's a statute of limitations on racism—here's what we thought:
Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and Editor of Special Projects at WNYC, where she develops, produces and hosts a broad array of multi-platform content, including podcasts, live events and on-air broadcasts. Rebecca is also a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times, and a regular columnist at Shondaland in addition to Gothamist. She is the author of several interview-based books about race and blackness in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw, and her personal essays, cultural commentary and opinion pieces have been published widely.