May 16, 2013

Meme-ifying black interviewees

From Antoine Dodson to Charles Ramsey, memes straddle the line between humour and stereotypes.

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Charles Ramsey rescued three Cleveland women held captive for a decade. Called a hero by many, he also became an online celebrity when his candid interview with local TV set off a wave of viral memes. While many enjoy the catchy auto-tuned sound bites, others warn that the laugher directed at Ramsey plays into the stereotyping of African Americans. So, are these memes lighthearted snapshots of popular culture or racist caricatures of African Americans? Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Jamilah King @jamilahking
Reporter, Color Lines
Ernest Owens @mrernestowens
Huffington Post blogger
Eris Zion Venia @ezvenia
Activist, poet
Cole Stryker @colestryker
Author and media strategist

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