May 31, 2020 • 49M

Episode 11: CPK (Central Park Karen), Racist Policing, And The Endless Battle Over Online Shaming

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Jesse Singal
Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
Episode details

In this week's episode, Katie and Jesse discuss the Amy Cooper/Christian Cooper incident in Central Park. Is this different from other instances of online shaming? Do we lose something when, in trying to understand a complicated problem like police shootings and other abuses, we focus in on individuals rather than institutions and structures? Why are white women so often pilloried these days when white men, like Jesse in particular, are obviously so much worse? 

Program notes/links:

-"White People Behaving Badly" (Arc Digital)

-"Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" (Amazon)

-"Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment" (Amazon)

-"From Power to Prejudice: The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America" (Amazon) [not mentioned in the episode but Jesse is a fan]