“Slavery and racism” is a huge topic; therefore, a lot of things can be discussed. A student is more likely to express his point of view on the question what came first: slavery or racism. Some think that slavery caused racism, since slavery is deeply rooted in human mentality. Different nations enslaved each to have cheap workforce or for the psychological need to dominate and control other, as they thought, inferior nations, without the racial implications. Furthermore, the whites were enslaved as well as blacks, and this is an undeniable fact. Others support the opposite idea that racial bias caused slavery since it started even before the black trade appeared in the New World. Moreover, one can include facts from the latest researches on slavery. For example, Henry Louis Gates, the black scholar from Harvard University, discovered that free blacks came to Florida one hundred years before the official date of slavery beginning in 1619 in America, and that blacks were actually aware of Christianity before they were enslaved. One more discouraging fact was recently revealed: in the antebellum period, over 4 thousand black families have owned slaves!
Editing begets pushing a certain agenda, that I understand. But what's offensive is the complete lack of initial regard and compassion for Eng Yang's history and his people. It's almost amusing (though sadly not surprising) how the reporters did not see how difficult it would be to separate yellow rain from the intense suffering of the Hmong people. That lack of empathy is incredibly disappointing on your part Radiolab. I've read the follow up articles/apologies, and I'm still unconvinced that your reporters understand the deep hurt you caused and misinformation you spread.