A Statement on Our Black Lives Matter Edition

Recently, we had a disagreement within our team about our Black Lives Matter and Black Feminisms edition we released on October 6th, 2016. Two black women on our staff were the producers of the show and the feature commentary was to be done by one of them: Chante Holsey. As her piece started to evolve, and as comments and suggestions began to unfold during the editing process, we noticed a strong conservative slant that veered from radical feminist thought. To shed light on this controversy and to clear up what transpired, below you will find screen shots from our editing discussions. Ultimately, she resigned and indicated that she felt “silenced” by our editing suggestions and reluctance to air her piece without a disclaimer. In the interest of free-speech, something radical feminists have cause to really care about in these times of silencing our voices, we have made her recorded piece available for you to listen to below. This was a purely philosophical and political disagreement and nothing personal against Ms. Holsey, whom we wish well.

These images are from the script. Chante wrote her own words. Words in color are editing suggestions from herself and others on staff in collaboration.

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Below captures are taken from margin conversations WLRN members had with Chante during the editing process.

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Here is some talk in our WLRN staff discussion group, and a statement she made publicly on her own facebook about her politics.

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The images below are from messages core leadership of WLRN had with Chante. She quits and then says she is silenced when we accept her backing out of the assignment.

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Click to listen to the recording she sent in

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2 responses to “A Statement on Our Black Lives Matter Edition

  1. I am disappointed to see the disagreement aired in such a public manner with this email and the screen caps on your website. By all means, take and save screen shots if you felt the discussions were going to be publicly misrepresented, but I have not seen or heard anything negative from Chante. I feel sad that a case was pre-built and published. Her recorded piece rang strong and true to me. I appreciate that you posted it, but perhaps it could have been done against a lesser backdrop. Liz McNamara

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  2. Pingback: The Black Lives Matter Movement & Black Feminisms: 6th Edition Podcast | Women’s Liberation Radio News·

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