Jun 2, 2020 • 1HR 3M

Episode 12: Protests And Riots Everywhere, Media Insane, Things Bad, And So On And So Forth

Jesse Singal
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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.
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There's so much going on that Katie and Jesse are back again, already. In this episode they discuss the protests and riots popping off all over the country in response to George Floyd's horrific death, the media's predictably sloppy handling of some of the complexities of police reform, and the difference between meaningful and performative activism. Should they appoint themselves leaders of the nationwide movement for criminal justice reform? Hard to say. In the patrons-only segment starting at 41:00, the hosts discuss everyone's antifa obsession and why Jesse is so frustrated with the bougie liberal antiracism that is exploding in popularity during this crisis. (CORRECTION: In this episode we wrongly state that Richard Nixon won the 1968 presidential race in a landslide. It was the 1972 race he won quite easily.)

-"The Case for Black Optimism" (Quillette)   

-"Police Are Killing Fewer People In Big Cities, But More In Suburban And Rural America" (FiveThirtyEight) 

-Samuel Sinyangwe on legislation that might help (Twitter) 

-The Fight to Redefine Racism (New Yorker)