A Lesson from NPR in Effective Listener Alienation

[diversity]  [global warming]  [indigenous]  [sustainability]  [disproportionately affected/impacted]  [XYZs of color]  [under-representation of XYZs of color]  [Latinx]  [undocumented immigrants]  [change/join/have the conversation]  [community of XYZs]  [celebrate]  [global warming] [enslavement] [enslaved person]

Randomly select a number of items from the above woke vocabulary, and you have the makings of a lead to a typical NPR agenda-driven story. Stated differently, it is a rare NPR news story that does not promote an agenda related to or that does not use the above now-overworked words in the lead.

I agree with many of the things that NPR pushes as their agenda. But their methodology, which consists of incessant harping on things everyone realizes using overworked woke buzzwords, is truly repulsive to me. And worse yet is NPR’s turning the groups they support (just about any group not populated by white, cisgender males) into tribal victims and sometimes double tribal victims in all sorts of stories.

A good example is a story they did recently in which they bemoan working woman being thrown out of work by the corona pandemic and naturally suffering disproportionately from the pandemic, and the fact that women (who they and I both think should be able to work) were set up to be victimized by encouraging them to work and then not providing services such as childcare.

If you listen to NPR for a while, you will hear a few stories each hour about how one of their supported groups are disproportionately impacted by the corona pandemic, the resultant downturn in business, and the difficulty in getting vaccinated. Living in Japan, where nobody has yet been vaccinated, and where the general population under 65 will probably not start to be vaccinated until at least June, I find that last concern difficult to relate to.

National differences aside, NPR’s horrendously heavy-handed agenda-pushing takes away from the good things they do to bring listeners solid news coverage. It places an undue (shall I call it a disproportionate?) burden on the general listener that should not have to be suffered, particularly by people who mostly agree with the NPR agenda.

African-American and Latinx Boys and Young Men?

NPR, bless their agenda-driven hearts, has done it again, by demonstrating that their agenda and SJW-approved language rule supreme over common sense and logic.

They have a story discussing the disturbing rise of carjackings in Chicago, in which they refer to the program director of a group that they say mentors African-American and Latinx boys. In their zeal to use Latinx, NPR seems to have forgotten why people advocate its use in the first place. Doesn’t NPR realize that if you are explicitly referring to males, there is no need for the -x. Call them Latino; nobody should mind.

https://one.npr.org/?sharedMediaId=966199594:966199595

But perhaps NPR is only to be faulted for repeating and not correcting what the group, C.H.A.M.P.S., says about itself.

C.H.A.M.P.S. Male Mentoring Program is a ​​Mentor Illinois Gold Star Award Program based in Chicago, IL.  We offer a culturally relevant approach to developing the mindsets of African-American and Latinx young men ages 12 and up. C.H.A.M.P.S. stand for Culturally Helping And Making Positive Success.  We focus on the 3E’s; Education, Empowerment, and Exposure. 

https://www.champsmentoring.com/

I also noticed that the same website refers to Latino boys and men on another page.

The group’s inconsistency aside, NPR could have fixed this strange expression in their story, which sort of implies that there are Latino guys who like to be called or should be called Latinx. I have heard and read from several places that the term has more popularity among well-meaning non-Latinx agenda-pushers than it does among actual Latinos and Latinas. In fact, I cannot ever recall hearing a Latino saying that they are Latinx, although NPR did interview a fellow recently who said that Latinx was not popular among the group burdened with this SJW-inspired characterization. Incidentally, the program director referred to in the story, Christian Terry, is apparently very non-Latino, at least judging from an online video in which he discusses the work the group does.

I don’t have any complaints about the article or the group, of course. In fact, I applaud them, shouting out a Bravx! to them for their efforts.