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Journalists of color tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela, IN THE THICK has the conversations about race, identity and politics few people are discussing or want to discuss.
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Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

#51: Getting Into GET OUT (With Special Guests Lakeith Stanfield and Jay Smooth)

When was the last time you sat in a movie theater cowering in fear, then the next minute you’re laughing — and the whole time you’re getting schooled about racial fear in a “post-racial America?” For us, at In The Thick, it was this past weekend, when we saw Get Out, the #1 movie in the U.S.

We sat down with Lakeith Stanfield of Get Out (and FX’s Atlanta) and viral social commentator/video blogger Jay Smooth to tackle the movie’s perception of white liberals, the theme of co-opting black bodies, and the relationship of fear and humor.

Feb 21, 2017

So… we need to talk about class. In a lot of ways, this election was about the forgotten working class, but how should we talk about class and its relationship to race? And how are the two interconnected?

Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion with comedian Cristela Alonzo and rapper Victor “KOOL A.D.” Vazquez.

Feb 14, 2017

Immigration raids across the country, a new movement coming from the White House against legal immigration, and a repeated accusation of voter fraud — again, blaming undocumented immigrants.

Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a discussion on this and more with Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University, and Thanu Yakupitiyage, Senior Communications Manager at the New York Immigration Coalition.

Feb 10, 2017

After several days of reported immigration raids and publicized deportations, Julio called up Adolfo Flores, Latino affairs and breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News to talk about the last few days and the feeling on the ground in LA. This is our second In The Thick FYI (ITT FYI) — keep an eye out for more of these to come.

Feb 7, 2017

Over the past few weeks, the Trump administration has used a particular kind of coded language. It may not be obvious at first, but take a look at phrases like “America First,” “American Carnage,” and the proposal to change the government program, “Countering Violent Extremism," to "Countering Islamic Extremism.” This language fosters fear of specific groups, including many communities of color.

Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela discuss this and more with Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer for the New Yorker and Leslie Sanchez, contributor for CBS News.

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