8 minutes and 46 seconds is the amount of time officer Derrick Chauvin had his knee on the neck of George Floyd. So our premise is simple. What can we teach and learn to help end white supremacy, anti-blackness, and systemic injustice in the same amount of time? Each episode drops knowledge, short stories, powerful revelations, controversial perspectives, strategies, and freedom dreams -- all in 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Excavating White Supremacy
How is it that after decades, and in some cases centuries, of so-called “progress” that we still find ourselves confronted with grave and dangerous racial disparities in almost everything? On this episode, learn why systemic racism will persist until we excavate the roots of white supremacy.
Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well
Thandeka, Learning to be White: Money, Race, and God in America
Baratunde Thurston, How to Deconstructs Racism, One Headline at a Time
The Rightness of Whiteness
Historically, much of everyday life in the U.S. has been organized around the idea that white is good, pure, righteous, and most deserving of privilege, power, and protection. In this way, white supremacy no longer derives its power from an explicit social acceptableness. Instead, it has wedded itself -- almost imperceptibly -- to that which is considered neutral, normal, safe, and reasonable.
PBS, The History of White People in America
What is White Supremacy?
On this episode, Educate 8:46 tackles a deceptively simple, yet absolutely critical question. What is white supremacy?
It’s more than a term used to describe the behavior of white supremacist organizations. White supremacy can also be traced throughout the history of many systems, institutions, laws, and practices that have normalized the protection and empowerment of white elites above all others.
Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped From the Beginning
Carolyn Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
Joel Olson, The Abolition of White Democracy
Joe Feagin, Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations
Nell Irvin Painter, The History of White People
Education as an Act of Self-Determination
On the debut episode of Educate 8:46, Miami University Professor Dr. Denise Taliaferro Baszile explains why education is ultimately an act of self-determination that can lead us all to a more equitable society.
The purpose of education, in a revolutionary sense, she says, is to seek to know better. So that we might be better. So that we might do better. So that we might collectively breathe forth a new, more just world.
Mwalimu Shujaa, Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education
Anna Julia Cooper, Voice From the South
Carter G. Woodson, Mis-Education of the Negro
Ava DuVernay, 13th