Jun 26, 2021 • 50M

Episode 70: Why Did NPR's "Code Switch" Join The Pileon Against An Innocent Palestinian-American Businessman?

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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After Katie describes how she and Jesse had their First Amendment rights literally murdered by an NYC venue and Jesse provides a weird update to last week's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie/Akwaeke Emezi episode, the hosts talk about some reparations-related drama at Seattle's Pride and "Code Switch"'s strange decision to join the pileon against Majdi Wadi, a Palestinian-American businessman who did nothing wrong.

Show notes/Links:

-when the government literally arrested everyone associated with Blocked and Reported: https://twitter.com/kittypurrzog/status/1406043541525073920

-Emezi on her transition: https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/writer-and-artist-akwaeke-emezi-gender-transition-and-ogbanje.html

-Are Twitter trolls mentally ill?: https://unherd.com/2021/06/are-twitter-trolls-mentally-ill/ 

-Taking Black Pride: https://www.seattlepride.org/events/taking-black-pride

-Seattle HRC responds:

https://twitter.com/SeattleHRC/status/1405767042330812419

https://twitter.com/SeattleHRC/status/1405767189634818048

-Lorena González drops out: https://twitter.com/MLorenaGonzalez/status/1405968795567497219

https://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2021/06/after-complaint-against-black-pride-events-reparations-fee-wave-of-cancellations-hit-tiny-capitol-hill-prides-big-plans-for-in-person-festival/

-affirmative action bake sales: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/05/03/40096408/uw-college-republican-affirmative-action-bake-sale-draws-resistance-and-controversy

-BARPod patrons-only episode on Holy Land Brand/Majdi Wadi: https://www.patreon.com/posts/destroying-small-38100907 

-“Code Switch” on same: https://www.npr.org/transcripts/892974522

-Bari Weiss on same, via her new podcast “Honestly”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/americas-cultural-revolution/id1570872415?i=1000524764029