Racism

What’s the Cost of Turning History and Racial Politics into Entertainment?

Spoiler Alert! This podcast features a detailed discussion of the story portrayed in the film Green Book. If you haven’t seen it yet, and plan to, please save this podcast for later.The movie Green Book has earned accolades and attacks since it was released in December. The controversies are sure to be rekindled by the 91st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb.

Not Who We Are? Racism Is as American as Apple Pie

When the effects of the Trump administration’s family separation policy became big news, a lot of people commented that “this is not who we are” or that “America is better than that.” Sadly, they are mistaken, because ripping (brown) children away from their parents is exactly in line with the US’s long history of deep-seated racism.

The Ugly Truth of America’s ‘Whites Only’ Immigration System

We always hear that the US is “a nation of immigrants.” But, according to immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky, this hides the real truth about America’s immigration history.In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, Chomsky, a professor at Salem State University in Massachusetts, places the current debate about immigration in America in a broader historical context.

Flunking the Test of Character

The body cam video of the Milwaukee police officer who initially confronted Sterling Brown is difficult to watch. But you should. The but you’ll get the picture right away. It’s the story of a small man who abuses the power he is entrusted with. And the same thing is playing out across the country on a daily basis in different forms.

Weaponizing 911

Later this month, the 8,000 stores it owns within the US for one afternoon to provide “racial bias training” to its nearly 150,000 employees. Let’s see how things work out. If the training is successful, maybe the entire country should shut down for a bit, take a long hard look in the mirror, and do some racial bias education of its own.

Images of Racism in America Over the Years

After signing a Martin Luther King Jr. proclamation last week, President Donald Trump was asked point blank, The president ignored the question but it is certainly worth asking based on his own divisive statements and actions.Is the US going backwards? Is racism getting worse? Or is it just more visible now?

GOP Quickly Running Out of Time to Dump Trump

One headline today read, “Republicans in Despair After Trump&;s Disastrous Week.”It brought to mind heated conversations I had years ago with Republican aides on The Hill, folks I have known from when I reported on such things back in the 80s and 90s.Those conversations were sparked by the first signs of trouble: the Tea Party insurgents.

The Demonization of Marijuana Is Rooted in Racial Stereotypes

The use of marijuana has been glorified in pop culture and, thanks in part to legalization efforts in many states, is now widely accepted. However, federal prisons are still packed with non-violent marijuana offenders.While inmates are serving years in prison, celebrities and other high-society individuals openly flaunt their substance use at music festivals like Coachella in California. April 20th (aka 4/20, which is colloquial for cannabis) has evolved into a holiday for this counterculture in the US.

Trump’s “Silent Majority” Makes Loud Ugly Noises Online

Early in September, Shaquandra Ratliff was killed in Chicago. The young mother was shot when a fight broke out at a “death remembrance party” for a gang member slain a year ago. But police say Ratliff had no gang affiliation and simply was at the wrong place at the wrong time. In other words, this is a story about yet another innocent black person shot to death.A was posted on Yahoo!

RadioWhoWhatWhy: Finally, a Meaningful Report on Ferguson, MO

The DOJ’s report on what happened in Ferguson is as much the story of race in 21st century America as it is about what transpired in Missouri. Photo credit: Wikimedia Foundation

The Real Truth Of What’s Happening In Baltimore

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to on the ground journalist Tim Pool at the Baltimore uprising to get a full perspective on the entire situation. In this video we lay out the arguments occurring on both sides of the issue and how the media is making the situation worse.