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No, ‘Survivor,’ Not Everyone Is ‘Subconsciously’ Racist

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03.05.2022

Conversations about race on the hit TV show “Survivor” are becoming more frequent, and this season proves to be no exception. In the reality show’s latest race-based controversy, black castaways Drea Wheeler and Maryanne Oketch became emotional after seeing that the first two contestants voted onto the Season 42 jury, Chanelle Howell and Rocksroy Bailey, were also black.

“I was so proud because we have four black contestants in Survivor,” Drea said during tribal council after Probst prompted her to explain her reaction. “And then it always happens where at one point the black contestants get booted out — Boom! Boom! Boom! — and then that’s exactly what this is right now. So yeah, I’m pissed.”

When Probst asked if she thought the votes that put Chanelle and Rocksroy out of the game were “race-related,” Drea invoked language reminiscent of the ideology expressed by critical race theorists such as Robin DiAngelo and Henry Rogers (a.k.a. Ibram X. Kendi).

“Subconsciously, a little bit of that, unfortunately,” she said. “I see now I have to play the game a little harder. I can tell you right now, I’m playing my idol tonight so that I can stay in this game. I’m not gonna let that happen to another one of us. Point blank. It’s a reset for me. This was a game-changer.”

Coming into the tribal council, Maryanne was one of the four “blue” tribe members who had agreed with........

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