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Straight Talk - Race & Racism in America Part 1

Released Wednesday, 22nd July 2020
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Cedric and Kojo discuss the impact of racism and the trauma to society it causes. How and why citizens respond to recorded videos of extrajudicial executions. Is there a difference between a rioter and looter? 

The pair reflect on Martin Luther King, his mission and his reputation prior to his assassination vs how he’s currently celebrated universally! During the “Face the Facts” segment statistics and fact-based evidence drive the conversation. “Stop and frisk” rationale is questioned, the correlation between the disparity of prison sentences and suspension rates for Blacks and Whites. The Serena Williams child birth story supports an ugly narrative and the disappointing global statistical comparisons will shock the listeners. 

Do you discuss race and racism with your friends from other races? If not, are you really friends? Review of what the “Racist pyramid” entails and the significance Apathy plays in 21st century society. Is ignorance the same as innocence? A comic book villain doesn’t think so.

Where do we go from here? How to transform our views on issues, through relationships. "People are hard to hate up close."  What does the Path to Resolution looks like? Anecdotal real-life tangible examples of things ALL of us can do to bridge the gap in the fight against racism. Finally, a controversial figure is the topic of this week’s “What would you do?” segment.
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