In this episode of the Align Podcast, I am joined by Harry Grammer, who is by far one of the most important figures I have had on the podcast and one of the most important conversations I have ever shared.
Harry discusses the primary roots of oppression, injustice, and racism that exists in the United States. There are a lot of layers. It’s not as simple as putting one blanket statement on a cardboard box and going out and yelling about it. There is a deep injustice happening among our fellow human beings and it is our duty to uncover it.
Harry is an activist, scholar, and poet and founder of New Earth, an organization playing an integral part in reforming the juvenile justice nationwide system. In 2017, Harry was honored as a CNN Hero and in 2018 selected as an inaugural Obama Foundation Fellow.
Harry is an invaluable character with invaluable information to share. I hope my conversation with Harry will help you begin to peel back the layers.
What we discuss:
- African American, people of color, or black? 4:30
- The appropriate response for white people during this movement: 6:30
- The difference between the BLM Movement and BLM organization: 13:30
- How oppression and prejudice are highly adaptable: 16:00
- The issues of our prison system: 18:30
- Defunding the police: 24:00
- Is posting on Instagram enough action? 28:30
- Must-read books and must-see movies: 30:30
- The history of Jim Crow: 35:30
- The progress made between 1865 and now: 40:30
- Our justice system is a scary beast: 49:30
- How do we stop “othering” each other?: 53:30
- The Pygmalion Effect: 55:00
- My experience with being arrested 1:01:00
- Henry’s perspective on the system and how it needs to change: 1:04:00
- How to can we support the movement? 1:20:00
Find more from Harry: newearthlife.org Harry's TedTalk