This week we continue our conversation about policing of America and share our thoughts on the most recent events shaping this conversation. Only a day after Juneteenth Donald Trump holds a rally in historically significant, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 46 companies gave workers the day off on the mostly forgotten day of emancipation. Is this a noble commitment to change or simply virtue signalling for more customers? Can a country whose laws were written in part by racist men shake those sentiments and become less racist? Should inmates be exploited for entertainment? All this and more on Episode 36 of The Material Devolution Podcast. “gunviolence9” by thetortmaster is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The weekend saw record turnouts in cities all across the United States and around the world in support of police reform, and the end to systematic racism. This week we discuss the steps that must be taken in order for the country and the to move forward. We sift through the smoldering rubble and dig out the key findings in the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ report to the president in October 2018.
A man tries to pass a counterfeit $20 bill to a convenience store clerk. The clerk calls the police. Moments later, the man is dead. On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd, was murdered by officer Derek Chauvin, who has recently been fired and charged with 3rd Degree Murder, Manslaughter. This act has sparked protests, looting, and riots in nearly every city in the USA. In this episode, we dive into the fray and try to make sense of what’s going on. Why have protesters have decided now is the time? What are they trying to accomplish? What are the underlying factors driving the anger we see on TV? Join us!! Let’s start devolving. Photo “Mock Riot 7” by david_axe is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0