Radio pulled violent songs off air after 9/11 but it won’t reckon with race

Amid national conversations about racial injustice, radio stations are struggling to respond appropriately in their programming. What goes and what stays?

U.S. radio employees in 2020 say they have not heard any such suggestions being circulated from corporate tiers around #BlackLivesMatter, though some syndicated programs are deciding by themselves to pull the racially-charged songs “Black Betty,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Walk on the Wild Side” from playlists.