Channing Kennedy

Channing Kennedy
Channing Kennedy Video & Multimedia Manager
Oakland, CA

Channing Kennedy is an Oakland-based writer, filmmaker and performer. As ARC’s video and multimedia manager, Channing works closely with reporters, researchers, advocates, communities, artists and musicians to tell human stories about big issues. Since joining ARC in 2008, he’s helped realize Colorlines’ full potential as a multiplatform daily news site, shaping its social media persona, engaging its community, and overseeing all parts of video production and strategy.

Channing’s reporting and commentary appears regularly on; his work on race and the internet has also appeared at NPR,, Tomorrow Magazine, the American Prospect, PostBourgie, Feministing, the Root, the Etsy blog and elsewhere. In 2010, Channing edited and co-wrote Colorlines’ first-ever TV special “Race and Economic Recovery,” which aired on LinkTV; in 2012, he moderated the Facing Race Conference’s first-ever panel on race and comedy, engaging with W. Kamau Bell, Negin Farsad, Jay Smooth, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay. He enrolled in and dropped out of Truman State University in 1998, committing instead to a year of volunteer service with Americorps*NCCC. Prior to joining ARC, he ran a midwestern outsider-art record label for six years.

Channing is @thatssochanning on Twitter.

“Colorblind” Word Twists Good Intentions [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on June 11 2009, 1:21PM

Welcome to the first installment of our new video series, WORD!, in which we take a look at the language that controls the discourse around race. Today’s WORD! is: “Colorblind” People who claim to be colorblind must lead a…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Rinku Sen at Jack & Jill Politics: Will the Recovery Help People of Color?

by Channing Kennedy on June 10 2009, 3:21PM

Rinku Sen has her first post up at Jack and Jill Politics, and it’s kicked off quite a discussion around the Recovery Act’s addressing (or lack of addressing) of longstanding racial economic disparities. From commenter RiPPA: In these economic…

Topics: Race and Recession

Breaking: White Supremacist Shoots 2 at Holocaust Museum

by Channing Kennedy on June 10 2009, 12:31PM

From CNN: A lone gunman wounded a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday before being injured by return fire, according to police and a museum statement. The suspect was identified as James von Brunn, an…

Topics: News Items

Ann Althouse Can’t Even Write Her Own Offensive Michelle Obama Captions

by Channing Kennedy on June 9 2009, 1:09PM

Hotshot right-wing blogger Ann Althouse is hosting a caption contest for this high-larious photo of Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni. Here’s the photo: Can you think up something funny? No pressure, because Althouse’s readers have you covered. From the comments…


Stumped by NRO’s Sotomayor Cover? Try Being More Racist.

by Channing Kennedy on June 8 2009, 10:04AM

By now you’ve seen this hum-dinger of a cover that the National Review thought was a good idea (or maybe a so-bad-it’s-good idea, judging by their ready-to-go defense of it). Neil Sinhababu of Donkeylicious does an admirable job of putting…


Seth Wessler at HuffPo: GM’s Bankruptcy Hurts People of Color Hardest

by Channing Kennedy on June 4 2009, 12:51PM

Check out ARC researcher Seth Wessler’s excellent new piece at the Huffington Post today, “GM Bankruptcy Hurts People of Color Hardest. Workers Desperately Need EFCA.” Seth lays out how the real losers in GM’s bankruptcy are Detroit’s communities of…

Topics: Colorlines Press, Race and Recession

Sotomayor ‘Gotchas’ Would Clear the Bench [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on June 4 2009, 11:54AM

Tammy Johnson teases the criticisms of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s statement on Latina empathy and the role of the courts. By the same ‘gotcha’ logic, Tammy would fire Alito and Scalia… and she’s just getting started….

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Marcus Epstein, Aide to Race-Baiting Pundits, is a Violent Racist

by Channing Kennedy on June 1 2009, 12:24PM

Marcus Epstein is facing sentencing for a hate crime he committed two years ago. Epstein, who is half-Jewish, half-Korean, is an employee of both Tom Tancredo’s anti-immigrant Team America PAC and of Pat and Bay Buchanan’s anti-immigrant group The…


Real Analysis of Sotomayor’s Record on Race, not via Twitter

by Channing Kennedy on June 1 2009, 10:34AM

Last week, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took time out from a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camps to use Twitter to call Judge Sonia Sotomayor a racist. Fortunately for human civilization, there is more to the…


5 Hot New (Old) Racial Stereotypes [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on April 29 2009, 8:58AM

In the first 100 days of the Obama administration, our national conversation on race opened up and flourished, bringing about a discourse in which all voices are heard on equal terms, to discuss and dismantle the racial disparities in economics,…

Topics: Media

What Does Specter’s Switch Mean for Racial Justice?

by Channing Kennedy on April 28 2009, 5:02PM

For those just joining the fray: This morning Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter announced that he is officially switching parties, from Republican to Democratic. Pending the long-disputed seating of Minnesota’s Al Franken, this puts the Democrats at a 60-seat filibuster-proof…


Lea Webb on Binghamton’s Unity in the Wake of Tragedy [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on April 26 2009, 1:45PM

The national debate surrounding gun laws went up a notch or two after the April 5th Binghamton, New York shooting at an immigrant services center. State legislators are proposing a new bill that would require more regulation of ownership….

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Help Spread the Word on the 100 Days Compact Phone Forum

by Channing Kennedy on April 22 2009, 12:36PM

Hey bloggers — Help us get the word out about the Compact Phone Forum’s look at the first 100 days of the Obama administration, and what it’s meant for the racial justice movement. The featured speakers for this call are:…


How to Criticize a Black President [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on April 16 2009, 10:27AM

Step 1: Have a valid criticism. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cObama Denies Habeas Corpuscolbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest The New York Times has some background on the issue. And for the nerds in the audience…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Rinku Sen at HuffPo on Immigration as Economic Stimulus

by Channing Kennedy on April 14 2009, 6:00AM

To hear more about race’s connection to the economy, check out today’s Compact phone forum, ‘Race and Recession.’ ColorLines publisher and Applied Research Center executive director Rinku Sen has a new article over at Huffington Post. In it, she…


The race angle on Wagoner’s departure from GM

by Channing Kennedy on March 30 2009, 1:34PM

I was saddened to hear the news today that Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors, was denied access to public housing, welfare, and a living-wage job, due to failing a government-mandated test of his urine for traces of marijuana,…


Oakland’s police and community: We have a lot of work to do [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on March 28 2009, 10:23AM

Rhoda, a longtime Oakland resident, remembers fallen officer Sergeant Mark Dunakin as a irreplaceable member of her community, and as a needed role model for her sons. At the same time, she knows all too well that the unjust…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Saying No: Drug Law’s Addiction to Racial Disparity [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on March 24 2009, 5:56AM

Tammy Johnson applauds the Obama administration’s move to reform drug policy to a health-based approach, and lays down some figures on our current laws’ unjust impact on communities of color. “Despite the fact that drug use is more or…


RaceWire on Twitter

by Channing Kennedy on March 19 2009, 5:07AM

In case you didn’t notice the new additions to the sidebar, you can now get RaceWire updates on Twitter at, or you can browse the site on your phone at And of course, our RSS feed and…


Nunu Kidane on Race, Refugees, and Obama [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on March 16 2009, 6:24AM

Priority Africa Network’s Nunu Kidane discusses America’s destructively racialized refugee policy, and calls out the disparity between intentions and actions towards countries in need. Check out Priority Africa Network at For more on the future of America’s immigration…

Topics: Video & Multimedia