6/14 The Legacies of Slavery Hidden in Plain Sight w/ Clint Smith

June 14, 2021

Sam and Emma host author Clint Smith, staff writer at the Atlantic, to discuss his new book, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America on how the legacy of slavery has been passed down and obscured through generations of storytelling, and the manner in which this manifests in modern society. They walk through the sites that Smith visits in his book – from Monticello, looking at how the stories of Thomas Jefferson perfectly encapsulate the cognitive dissonance of how Americans view ourselves, to Angola Prison as a symbol of modern enslavement literally build upon a plantation – and how the heirloom of ideology is passed down through every element of our society, through education, through infrastructure, and certainly through community policing measures. Smith explores his experiences at a Sons of Confederate Veterans celebration, and the importance of elevating empirical historical facts in making space for activists and organizers to express contemporary racism as carrying the remnants and residues of these systems through all elements of American society. Susan Collins helps Sam and Emma round it out with a discussion on her killer renewable energy tax, ensuring that those aiding our environment pay their fair share to use the roads.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma check in on the NYC Mayoral Race and how Eric Adams’ suggestion of a 400:1 student to teacher ratio might actually not be a good idea, then Dave Rubin bombs because of Big Tech and the Liberal Agenda and Dana Bash forgets to even acknowledge AOC’s comments before hitting on her CNN bipartisanship talking points in response, plus, your IMs!

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