Tell us less: That seems to be the message that listeners have sent to NPR executives. “Tell Me More,” the daily public-radio newscast on racial issues and diversity has finally been cancelled after seven years.
Some would say this is no surprise, given that almost 90 percent of NPR’s audience is white.
Of course, maybe NPR wasn’t looking to reach blacks and Hispanics with its dialogue about race, but also whites.
As an executive producer of the show explained a few years ago, “It’s really a tricky thing. We want to have conversations that people of color would want to hear, but we also want to create opportunities for other people to hear about these issues.”
This echoes the recent wail of New York Times columnist Charles Blow about our “endlessly ached-for, perpetually stalled ‘national conversation on race’ that many believe is needed but neglected.”
Hey, folks: Maybe audiences, black and white, have just gotten tired of these conversations.
Maybe they’re done with national dialogue on race. Bill Clinton’s “One America Initiative,” all of the analysis of Barack Obama’s life, all of the panels, the cable talk shows, the harangues by Al Sharpton, the psychoanalysis of Donald Sterling — what if America has no appetite for this anymore?
A recent MTV survey found that 73 percent of millennials “believe never considering race would improve society” and “68 percent believe focusing on race prevents society from becoming colorblind.”