Air Date: 6–17-2020
Today we take a look at the uprising sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the context of a world in which that event was just the last straw in an innumerable series of straws.
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The last few weeks have been filled with devastating news — stories about the police killing black people. At this point, these calamities feel familiar — so familiar, in fact, that their details have begun to echo each other.
Tamika Mallory: “At this point, we’re looking at a nation and a world that has decided that what we saw happen on camera … is no longer acceptable... people have taken to the streets to demand change."
Trevor discusses the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, the Minneapolis protests, and how racial injustice and police brutality continue to impact black Americans.
A veteran of the 1967 Newark Rebellion discusses George Floyd’s death, the culture of police brutality, and whether today's movement can produce change.
Writer William C. Anderson on the real theft in capitalist society and the uprisings against it, and his article "Forget 'Looting.' Capitalism Is the Real Robbery" for Truthout.
After a week of protests, the nationwide (and now worldwide) uprising against racism and police killings of Black people in response to the murder of George Floyd continues to grow.
Andy, Hari and Tom react to the protests in the USA.
We hear the voices of Floyd’s brother Philonise and Reverend Al Sharpton, who urged those gathered “to stand up in George’s name and say, 'Get your knee off our necks!'”
Americans take to the streets in historic numbers to protest police brutality, the demand for books about racism skyrockets, and meaningful police reform catches on.
Maria and Julio get into how race and activism show up in sports - historically and in the current Black Lives Matter movement - with Howard Bryant, a senior writer for ESPN and correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition.
NFL's commissioner has released a statement saying they were wrong to stop protests.
CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour has seen a lot of unrest around the globe. She says we have to see the George Floyd protests for what they are. An uprising.
Many foreign leaders have condemned the killing of George Floyd, but demonstrators outside of the U.S. are also attempting to call attention to racial injustice within their own borders.
Washington Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah discusses the ongoing protests sparked by police brutality, legacies of racial violence in America, and the language we use to speak about inequality.
We look at the international response to the police killing of George Floyd. Countries are now being forced to face their own racism and the inter-relationship between racism and imperialism.
Highlighting the voices of protesters
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An American Uprising (The New Yorker)
What Exactly Does It Mean to Defund the Police? (The Cut, NY Magazine)
America, This is Your Chance (NY Times Op-Ed, Michelle Alexander)
Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities (Popular Democracy)
Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism (Fractured Atlas)
Louisville police release the Breonna Taylor incident report. It's virtually blank (Louisville Courier Journal)
This Is How Hard It Is to Invest in Black Neighborhoods (Bloomberg CityLabs)
Researched and Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman
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- Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent
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