Air Date: 07-01-2016
Today we take a look at the history of racial oppression in America from slavery to Jim Crow to The New Jim Crow
Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill
Ch. 2: Act 1: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 1 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15
Ch. 3: Song 1: Jim Crow - John Mellencamp
Ch. 4: Act 2: Racism in the United States: By the Numbers - vlogbrothers - Air Date: 01-02-15
Ch. 5: Song 2: Listen - Theo Bard
Ch. 6: Act 3: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 2 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15
Ch. 7: Song 3: War On Drugs - Fifteen
Ch. 8: Act 4: Clint Smith III - "History Reconsidered" - All Def Poetry - Air Date: 04-14-16
Ch. 9: Song 4: Know Your History (feat. 8 Ball & MJG) - Drumma Boy
Ch. 10: Act 5: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 3 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15
Ch. 11: Song 5: Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers
Ch. 12: Act 6: Jesse Williams' Powerful BET Awards Speech "We're Done Watching Whiteness Use and Abuse Us" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 6-28-16
Ch. 13: Song 6: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - Billie Holiday
Ch. 14: Act 7: Racism vs Prejudice - Kat Blaque - Air Date: 10-5-14
Ch. 15: Song 7: Racism - MYSTAFYA
Ch. 16: Act 8: "What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-03-15
Ch. 17: Arguing guns with conservatives - Colin from Cleveland, OH
Ch. 18: Reaction to many progressives in the wake of Pulse shooting - David from New York
Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics
Ch. 19: Final comments on David’s reaction to commentaries on the Pulse shooting and the launching of this year’s big fundraiser
Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone
Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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When you say that “The words “systematic racial oppression” make it sound as if there’s a grand conspiracy behind all whites…” the problem there is in your interpretation, not in the intention of the speaker. If I thought that claims of systemic racism implied a conscious conspiracy or widespread malice then I would agree with your conclusions.
Again, I urge you to read more on this subject before commenting further. I don’t think you are intending to but you are only managing to set up straw men arguments before knocking them down. You are not actually addressing the real thoughts and beliefs of those you are attempting to counterpoint.
The term “racist” simply meant “race based”, but what good are words when Social Justice Warriors have been redefining them to suit their narrative that whites must be conspiring to oppress all other races (and leave many more whites living in abject poverty with the rest of them, for some reason)? Some have even redefined the word “rape” to mean “anything someone does that makes me feel even mildly uncomfortable”, which trivializes the plight of actual rape victims, or even redefines the word to exclude and erase male rape victims from the equation entirely.
The words “systematic racial oppression” make it sound as if there’s a grand conspiracy behind all whites, who are working together to make life miserable for all blacks who have never done anything wrong in their lives. In most areas, blacks tend to commit more crimes, statistically speaking, but this is due to the crime-ridden nature of poor neighborhoods and people committing crimes of necessity and desperation; a white person living in these same conditions would face the same struggles, but there are individuals (such as cops) that can be racist, and maybe he’d be pulled over less often because he looks less stereotypically suspicious than his darker brethren. I think the societal tendencies to classify blacks as criminals more often is a prejudice built out of incompetence and apathy rather than intentional malice. Humans are bad at seeing the nuanced characteristics of other humans outside of their social circles, and so they tend to paint the faceless masses with broad generalizations as a mental shortcut.
I’m sure you didn’t mean it to sound this way, but we must apply Hanlon’s Razor to human and societal behaviors: “Never attribute to malice what can easily be explained by carelessness or stupidity”. And yes, the carelessness and stupidity of many people in power are hurting a lot of innocent people of all colors and stripes, because it’s hard for our monkey brains to account for large masses of people so different from ourselves.
We could also stand to make our prison population more useful than just dead weight rotting away in cells, burning up our tax dollars. Give them blue collar jobs that they can do on the inside, and most importantly rehabilitate them with the treatment and skills they need to turn back into productive citizens that can make positive contributions to society, or else they’ll turn right back to their old crime lives as soon as their sentences are up, because that’s the only thing they know how to do.