This is not a political podcast. My goal is to explain a complex subject in a step-by-step way that's approachable to anyone.
People and politicians across the political spectrum have made mistakes, and the "callout culture" of publicly shaming people isn't helping. Bottom line: If you’re white, this is for you, no matter your political affiliation.
My goal is to guide you through the complex subject of race and racism with gentleness and without judgment. It's ok to have a lot of questions. It's ok to be confused about why this is all such a big deal for a lot of people. If you grew up in America, you probably weren't taught most of this. And that's ok—no judgment here.
I created this podcast to be approachable, non-political, and grounded in logic, evidence, and rational thought.
If you're looking for Race 101, this is a great place to start.
This podcast is like an audiobook where I read out loud my writing from https://www.michaelcaloz.com/race. You can follow along there if you'd like.
Thanks for listening!
Part 0 (Preface): Political correctness, identity politics, SJWs, and shaming: how we can do better
Before we can talk about race, we need to be able to share our thoughts and ask questions without being shamed
Who am I and can you trust me?
Finding common ground
Why it's hard to talk about complex subjects like race in this country right now
SJWs (social justice warriors)
The paradox of tolerance
How to examine your own thinking and move away from a jaded, combative mindset
Part 3.2: How that history impacts the world today: policing
The origins of policing in America
Police training and attitudes
Black people who have been killed by police
Black Lives Matter
What led up to the George Floyd protests
The myth of violent black people and "black-on-white" violence
What's the solution?
The call to defund the police
Part 3: How that history impacts the world today
The Declaration of Independence
Who "liberty and justice for all" actually applied to
The "good old days"
Why we're all racist and it's not our fault
Implicit bias and implicit racism
Definitions of prejudice, stereotype, discrimination, bigotry, racism, marginalized
Harvard IAT: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
Part 2: Where race comes from
How the concept of race was invented (and what existed before that)
How slavery came about in early America
How people were divided by race rather than by class
Why racism is about power
What really happened with the Civil War and lynchings
Part 1: Introduction, and a few notes before we dive in
This is not a political podcast. My goal is to explain a complex subject in a step-by-step way that's approachable to anyone. If you grew up in America, you probably weren't taught most of this. And that's ok—no judgment here. I want to help you understand what's going on in America right now (and for the past few hundred years, really) in as gentle and objective a way as possible.