Episode

5/27 Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism w/ Touré F. Reed

May 27, 2020

Sam hosts Touré F. Reed, professor of history at Illinois State University, to discuss his new book Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism and the reforms needed to address racial inequality and disparities.

On today’s show: Andrew Ross Sorkin loses it over co-hosts’ lack of human empathy: “100,000 dead!”

Sam hosts Touré F. Reed, professor of history at Illinois State University, to discuss his new book Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism and the reforms needed to address racial inequality and disparities. The misconception that postwar liberals failed black Americans because of class reductionism. The reasons, beyond racism, that the programs of the New Deal did not benefit blacks and whites equally. The idea of the “culture of poverty” and why anti-discrimination laws did not go far enough. What idealist/essentialist concepts of race and racism get wrong.

On the fun half: Trump criticizes Biden for wearing a mask, says reporter is “politically correct” for wearing a mask. Fauci says he wears a mask because it’s a symbol of “what you should do.” Steve Doocy is proud that private sector capitalism is leading the way out of Covid. Kilmeade defends wars in Middle East, says a generation of Americans could grow up with “a semblance of freedom.” Hannity is concerned about lake of the Ozarks Memorial Day parties. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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