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Conversations with Coleman is home to honest conversations with leading intellectuals on polarised issues in the realm of race, politics and culture in the West.

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Conversations with Coleman is home to honest conversations with leading intellectuals on polarised issues in the realm of race, politics and culture in the West.

    Race & Inequality Across the Pond with Inaya Folarin Iman

    Race & Inequality Across the Pond with Inaya Folarin Iman

    My guest today is Inaya Folarin Iman. Inaya is the founder of The Equiano Project, a British organization dedicated to promoting free speech, common humanity, and universalism. She recently organized a conference called "Towards the Common Good" hosted at Cambridge, where John McWhorter, Glenn Loury, Thomas Chatterton Williams, and yours truly, spoke along with a host of British thinkers who are fighting in the same trenches that people like John, Glenn, Thomas and myself are. Inaya is one of the major people fighting this fight in the UK. She also ran for Parliament as part of the Brexit party in 2019 and has written for many outlets in the UK including The Telegraph, Spiked and Unheard.
    In this episode, we discuss Inaya's background growing up in a working-class immigrant family. We talk about the influence of Black Lives Matter and the George Floyd moment in the UK. We discuss the similarities and differences between the US and the UK with regard to race relations. We talk about the contents of Boris Johnson's commission on race and how that report was misportrayed in the media. We also talk about the tragic cases of Sasha Johnson (a Brit) and Jazmine Barnes (an American), both of whom call into question which Black lives matter, and which Black lives don't. 
    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Defeating the Race Baiters with Freddie Sayers

    Defeating the Race Baiters with Freddie Sayers

    This is a recording of a live event that I did in London with Freddie Sayers. Freddie is the former editor-in-chief of YouGov, the founder of Politics Home, and the executive editor of UnHerd, which is a great publication you should all be reading.
    So Freddie ran this conversation, and we covered lots of ground. We talk about American race politics. We discuss the legacy of Black Lives Matter. We talk about how to tackle divisive, race-centered ideologies. I really enjoyed this conversation, and you'll hear that the crowd did too. For whatever reason, I was quite a bit funnier here than I usually am. So that's always good.
    I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did. 

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    Is the Royal Family Racist? with Andrew Gold

    Is the Royal Family Racist? with Andrew Gold

    My guest today is Andrew Gold. Andrew Gold is an ex-BBC journalist and documentary filmmaker, who now has an excellent podcast called "On The Edge". Andrew focuses on weird and controversial people, for instance, psychopaths, former cult members, exorcists, and so forth.
    In this episode, we discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to leave the UK and the accusation of racism they leveled at the royal family on the way out. We discuss the Israel - Palestine conflict. We talk about the prospect of immortality and whether it would be desirable. We discuss the psychology of gender identity. We talk about pop music, social bubbles, and much more. I really liked this conversation because we dealt with so many seemingly unrelated topics, which is a nice departure from most of my conversations which generally focuses on one topic. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. 

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    Jihad Rehab: A Tale of Cancellation with Meg Smaker

    Jihad Rehab: A Tale of Cancellation with Meg Smaker

    Welcome to the first Conversations with Coleman of 2023.
    We're starting things off right with a great guest, Meg Smaker. If you've heard of Meg, it's probably because of the controversy surrounding her new documentary, originally called "Jihad Rehab", but later changed to "The Unredacted". Now, before I describe the controversy to you, I want to first say that this is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen in my life, hands down, and it was initially received that way at the Sundance Film Festival. Meg and her camera crew follow former jihadists who have just been released from Guantanamo Bay after 15 years. These former terrorists go through a special rehab program in Saudi Arabia and eventually try to integrate back into Saudi society with varying levels of success.
    The documentary touches on America's war on terror, the root causes of Jihadist violence, the challenges of becoming a civilian again once you spend two years fighting and in prison, and our tendency to dehumanize people who've done terrible things. However, Meg's film was condemned by a small group of perpetually offended people on the far left. They condemned the film for being Islamophobic, which it certainly isn't. And they condemn Meg for being a white woman making a film about Arabs (never mind that she lived in the Middle East for many years, speaks Arabic, and so forth). If this documentary had been created by an Arab filmmaker but was identical in every other way, I have no doubt that the same people would be saying it should be nominated for an Oscar. It's really that good. Unfortunately, after her initially warm reception at Sundance, the people at Sundance reversed course and rejected her film from the festival caving into the demands of a small group of activists. Truly a cowardly concession to cancel culture in my view.
    If you are able to access this documentary, I highly recommend you watch it. I also hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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    Actually Color Blindness Isn't Racist | Video Essay

    Actually Color Blindness Isn't Racist | Video Essay

    In this special video essay, I share my thoughts on the long-running national debate on color blindness.

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    Best of Season 3 - Highlight Reel

    Best of Season 3 - Highlight Reel

    Welcome to the final Conversations with Coleman episode of the year.
    I want to thank everyone for all the incredible support this year.
    It's been a great year for the podcast, and I have all of you, especially those of you who support the show to thank for that.
    In this final episode, my producer has put together some of the best moments from the podcast over this last year.
    I hope you all enjoy this year-end highlight reel and of course, wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!

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Notwolfnorsheep ,

Recent essay

I loved your recent essay on color blindness. I am more of an objective viewed person working in the Imaging field with CT and MRI technology so quite literally I am blind to color of skin because everyone on the inside is shades of gray when looking at most of our imaging. The literal interpretation of being color blind is always the response I hear when having discussions, even with people so intelligent to be in the medical field - which is sad. It closes the door for discourse pointedly in your face and sometimes opens the door for criticism against you as if you are the problem. It hurts my heart many times and has occasionally lost me potential friendships, and to include my relationship with my parents who were so adamant for equality and color blindness as I was raised. I hope to utilize your “warm hearted” example to not only explain my heart in the matter more clearly, but to keep the discussion focused where I believe there is way more common ground than what would be assumed by the opposing argument. Keep up the good work on this. Much loved.

Visc@B@rc@1 ,

Meh

That this young man is considered an intellectual says a lot about the state of the thinking in our time. Speaks in huge generalities and points to weak examples and anecdotes.

rbkh007 ,

Powerfully balanced, thoughtful podcast

Powerfully balanced, thoughtful podcast. Literally a breath of fresh air. Long live freedom

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