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Episode 301: Systemic Racism

What is “systemic racism”?

We are hearing more and more about the “systemic racism” inherent in this institution or that occupation or in America as a whole. But what does this mean?

If you ask for a definition, you might just be called part of the problem (and/or a racist, because of course). You might get some generalization, but specifics seem hard to come by.

Matthew Franck wrote an article about systemic racism that had some interesting thoughts on the subject, and gave me some ideas as well. That’s what this episode is about.

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Racism Is Real. But Is “Systemic Racism”?

2 L.A. deputies shot in ‘ambush’ attack recovering after surgery

List of police reforms related to the George Floyd protests

Shooting of Breonna Taylor

Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence

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BLM demands

The Black Lives Matter organization is starting to make demands of businesses. If any business doesn’t comply, BLM will make every effort to send their customers elsewhere. Perfectly legal, but a shakedown nonetheless.

When they started taking down statues they said that they weren’t trying to erase history. But now leaders in one state want to do that; get rid of history textbooks until one that is not “unfair” to women and minorities can replace it. But these days, you must ask what “unfair” means.

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BLM issues demands for cut of Louisville business profits, threatens boycotts, sit-ins

Chicago-Area Leaders Call for Illinois to Eliminate History Classes [Bad headline; not calling for eliminating classes, just textbooks]

Vermont farmer returns prosthetic leg that skydiver lost during jump

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Can we have one?

When Barack Obama was elected President, many of us were looking forward to that honest conversation about Race that we had needed for so long. Did we have it, because I don’t remember it, and based on what’s happening today, lots of people don’t either.

The media is supposed to speak truth to power. But what happens when they instead speak slander to a teenager? The answer is that is costs half a billion dollars. And counting.

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Maybe we can deal with race relations seriously next time?

Dozens Gather In MAGA Hats In Hopes Washington Post Will Defame Them So They Can Become Millionaires

Washington Post settles Nicholas Sandmann defamation lawsuit in Covington Catholic High School controversy

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro bitten by ostrich-like bird during coronavirus quarantine

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Coleman Hughes

This time out, I’m presenting an article written by Coleman Hughes. It’s called “Stories and Data: Reflections on Race, Riots, and Police”. It’s his story, where he looks at the stories and data behind police shooting, and draws conclusions straight from them.

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Stories and Data: Reflections on race, riots, and police

ColemanHughes.org

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George Floyd

The police brutality that killed George Floyd has brought to the forefront many issues that we must deal with. Most of these we all agree on. But what started out as unifying turned into riots.

In this episode I discuss George Floyd’s death, the protests, the riots, questions of systemic racism, and how we can move forward from here. On the way I ask a few questions that really require an answer.

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What are the Differences in Degrees of Murder?

It’s Past Time to Examine How Police Unions Protect Bad Cops

This Is Easy: Don’t Excuse, Defend, or Encourage Rioters

Opinion: A humble request for those of us who believe that black lives matter

Democrats have run Minneapolis for generations. Why is there still systemic racism?

What you need to know about plans to defund Minneapolis police

Minneapolis City Council resolves to replace police with community-led model

It’s Official: Minneapolis City Council Votes Unanimously to Abolish Police

The Strongest Support for School Vouchers Comes from Lower-Income Families

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Trump isn’t alone in outrageous statements

We seem to be in a time of more and more outrageous statements by our politicians. Some blame Donald Trump for this, but really it’s been happening for a very long time.

And listener Susana has some thoughts about how she’s surviving this pandemic.

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Mama Dinosews

Donald Trump Says He ‘Could Shoot Somebody’ and Not Lose Voters

We Should Take Women’s Accusations Seriously. But Tara Reade’s Fall Short.

After Black Trump Supporter Calls Trump ‘First Black President,’ CNN Contributor Throws ‘Uncle Tom’ Slur at Supporter

The Minority Minority

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Does God get any credit from Cuomo?

Many Democrats are bothered by the fact that their presumptive nominee for President is the old, white male that they have said only Republicans elect. But if you break that number down by race, you may be surprised by what you find. (Or not.)

Andrew Cuomo, governor of the state of New York, is pretty confident that the people have brought down the number of COVID-19 infections, and that God had no part in that. Interesting to hear coming from a Roman Catholic.

And a listener gives her thoughts about what she misses, is thankful for, and is sick and tired of during this pandemic.

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Some Democrats are bothered nominee is an older white man – and they solidly back Biden in November

Episode 143: UK NHS SOS, and the Washington Redskins (Non-)Controversy

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Next stop on the slippery slope

“Just because same-sex marriage is legal doesn’t mean that other changes will be made, like polygamy!” That’s what they told us. And yet we keep slipping down that slope.

Democrats say the dardest things! Sometimes they’re funny and sometimes, well, let’s just say they’d never let a Republican get away with saying that.

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Slippery Slope: Utah Senate Approves Bill to Essentially Legalize Polygamy

Amy Klobuchar Says Nominating A Woman Could End Sexism On The Internet

Democrat James Clyburn Attacks Trump: Black Unemployment Better When We Were Slaves

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Was Michael Brown murdered?

I’ve got, not just a quote, but a bunch of quotes from a public figures on the subject of immigration. Read them, and you might think this is some xenophobe. Think again.

Five years ago, white police officer Darren Wilson shot black teen Michael Brown. Wilson was cleared of all charges, but some Democratic presidential candidates remembered the anniversary of that shooting by smearing the cop. Wonderful.

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Dalai Lama warns that the whole of Europe could become ‘Muslim or African’ if migrants are not returned to their home countries

Time to retire Ferguson narrative

LG smart refrigerator used for tweeting by teen whose mom banned electronics

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Let’s be consistent

Are we practicing consistency with our principles? Do they apply them equally to everyone, even those in our “tribe”? In this episode, I’ll show 3 examples of where this isn’t being done on the Left.

Do you have examples of where this is not being done on the Right? Add a comment here or look in the sidebar for way to let me know via email, phone, or on social media.

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#MeToo Comes For Martin Luther King

Investigation into Ralph Northam’s racist yearbook photo deemed inconclusive

Poorest Americans Are Benefiting Most From Strong Economy

Cat Declawing Ban Is Passed by N.Y. Lawmakers

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