Magazine Publisher Apologizes After White Man Records Racist Audio Version Of Black Professor's Essay On OutKast
Fireside Magazine faced the wrath of the internet after butchering Dr. Regina Bradley's essay on OutKast.
November 25, 2020 at 3:29 pm
Fireside has removed the recording from the internet but clips of it have floated around social media all day, sparking outrage and questions as to how the magazine could publish something so blatantly offensive.
Dr. Regina Bradley wrote an essay titled "Da Art of Speculatin’," that breaks down "the afrofuturistic stylings of OutKast," which was published in Fireside Magazine's 85th issue. Each issue comes with audio readings of each story or essay.
But Bradley took to Twitter on Tuesday outraged at the person they chose to read her story and the awful accent he somehow felt the need to adopt to imitate her.
Some people online thought it was a joke before realizing that Fireside Magazine had legitimately released the recording for people to actually listen to.
Bradley wrote a lengthy Twitter thread about how appalled she was by the magazine's treatment of her story.
"I've ran the entire gamut of emotions today. And the best I have to offer in terms of commentary is 'all the women in me - ancestral, present, and future - are tired.' Today has been exhausting. To have my truth taken from me and minstrelized is just....Jesus Devonte Christ," she wrote on Twitter.
"I even questioned if my writing was not up to part like I thought: could the narrative be that mangled and wrecked that dude found room to so callously interpret my words. My truth. My power. I questioned every damn thing. My voice, my word choice, my accent," she wrote, adding that the situation made her think about the "countless other moments past and present where silence is the preferred and forced language for Black women."
I've ran the entire gamut of emotions today. And the best I have to offer in terms of commentary is "all the women in me - ancestral, present, and future - are tired." Today has been exhausting. To have my truth taken from me and minstrelized is just....Jesus Devonte Christ.— Zora Neale Thirston (@redclayscholar) November 24, 2020
"From Phillis Wheatley and Sojourner Truth to Fannie Lou Hamer, my great grandmother, Mary Jones Barkley, Mary Turner and Meg thee Stallion. I'm seething," Bradley wrote.
On top of the offensive manner in which the story was read, many online noted the stupidity of hiring a white man to read a story by a Black woman about Black people.