Craig Aaron on FCC Reclassification, Kimberle Crenshaw on Black Girls Matter

This week on CounterSpin: The head of the FCC has just announced new rules protecting the openness of the Internet. The vote is still weeks away, but if agency chair Tom Wheeler’s proposal goes through, it would mean real Net Neutrality, maintaining the even playing field that makes the Internet what it is. And it would be a landmark victory for regular folks over industry titans. We’ll talk about what it all means with Craig Aaron of the group Free Press.

Black Girls MatterAlso on the show: The Black Lives Matter movement has put a spotlight on real-world racism in our supposedly post-racial society, and part of that is a challenge to corporate media’s narrow and negative portrayals. But the face of “black people” in the conversation is overwhelmingly male. It might surprise some, therefore, to realize that the same phenomena that weigh on black men and boys-–things like aggressive policing and the school-to-prison pipeline-–also affect black women and girls. Which makes it all the more significant that proposed policy responses-–like Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative-–leave those women and girls out. A new report, called Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, seeks to change that conversation. We talk with its lead author, professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School and co-founder of the African-American Policy Forum.


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–“The President May Have Just Saved the Internet,” by Craig Aaron (Huffington Post11/10/14)

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw with Priscilla Ocen and Jyoti Nanda (Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies/African-American Policy Forum)

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