Episode

1/20 Eddie S. Glaude Jr.: Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

January 20, 2016

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. a the Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of the new book Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul (buy the book on Jet or Amazon!) explains the reality of the “Black Depression” in America.

-The “Value Gap” and the flawed economic recovery, especially in black communities. How the belief that white people are more important is ingrained systematically. Environmental racism, from poor waste disposal to Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. Real estate redlining in 2015. “Things haven’t changed;” what has changed and what hasn’t. (11:20)

-Privatizing black misery by ignoring structural economic racism. How the “face of welfare” used to be associated with poor white people. Obama’s “Brother’s Keeper” notion as a “reverse dog whistle” meant to allay concerns of white people. The invisible power of white social networks and the naturalization of privilege. The role of fear in hiding the truth. (22:00)

-The experience of masking racial truths in the workplace. Self-policing of personal style and opinion by black men to navigate the stresses caused by how blackness is perceived. The rarity of truly integrated spaces. Racism as a congenital disease. The misremembering of Martin Luther King, Jr. Believing one thing about racial equality and and naturally acting contrary to those beliefs. (31:58)

-The hereditary nature of privilege and illiberal values. How panic over the loss over white privilege explains the current political tumult. The difference between white outrage at the loss of privilege compares to black outrage at systematic oppression. How the economic system has now made white workers vulnerable. Glaude’s view on the disagreement between Ta-Nahesi Coates and the Bernie Sanders campaign on reparations. (46:57)

On The Fun Half: Random Rush. Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump is just as crazy and deranged as you would hope. Donald Trump destroys Jeb Bush again. Oregon militia guys blow a Shofar and your calls and IMs.

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