In keeping with recent events, we take a look at qualified immunity and what it means. Recently there have been more conversations about ending qualified immunity in order to be able to hold police accountable for their actions both criminally and civilly.
Ann and Dan agree with the consensus that “defund” the police is poorly titled and misrepresents what people are calling for. When most people hear defund the police they think it means completely abolishing the police. In reality, it’s a plan to redistribute some of the funding from police departments to places that will make a real difference in our communities. We also share our experiences and opinions on how the Black community being largely underfunded for has affected us generation after generation. Ann also has an impromptu therapy session with Dr. Dan.
This week Dan is holding it down solo while Ann is MIA. Let’s blame it on Tropical Storm Cristobal or something. Dan shares his thoughts on how the racist “All Lives Matter” people can’t possibly believe their anti-black rhetoric. If they believe that all lives matter, they’d be outraged by racial inequality and the number of unarmed Black people murdered by the police.
Dan also shares his thoughts on how protesters peacefully gathering with signs and snacks are being confronted by police in riot gear. He also echos @CEOHaize on different ways you can contribute without being on the front lines.
Ann and Dan have a Zoom conversation with Louisiana activists Sherry and Cherry Wilmore (Everyone’s Favorite Twins), as well as Y’mani Wright a recent Howard University graduate. We have an open conversation about the state of our community, especially after the murder of George Floyd, another unarmed Black man.
We share our thoughts on the protests, property damage, media coverage, etc. We also talk about how “Black on Black crime” when referring to proximity crime is a racist construct. Y’mani emotionally expresses her confusion and uncertainty.Read More
Ann and Dan are joined by Craig from Next Level Visions (nextlevelvisions.com) to discuss why so many white folks get uncomfortable, defensive, or offended when talking about race. Craig shares some of his experiences living abroad vs. living in the US. Craig is also a war veteran who served our country but that didn’t exempt him from experiencing racism in the US.Read More
Ann and Dan discuss the murders of both Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We also talk about the actions of Breonna’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who in our opinion did everything correctly and lawfully in an attempt to protect their home. Kenneth Walker is currently being charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.Read More
In response to episode 119 “A Bloody City,” Ann provides a rebuttal to Dan’s assertion that New Orleans is one of the most violent cities in the US. Despite making the list of top 10 deadliest cities per-capita (at the time of recording), Ann believes it’s not a “New Orleans thing.” Not so coincidentally Baton Rouge, Louisiana also made the top 10 list. Maybe Ann’s right? It’s a not a New Orleans thing, it’s a Louisiana thing.
Recorded in 2019. Ann, Becky, and Dan talk about how and if society has become too politically correct. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to be politically correct 100% of the time with all of society’s changes over the past decade or so. We also talk about outrage/cancel culture, like when people dug up Kevin Hart’s 10-year old tweets.Read More
Can you sue your employer if you contract the coronavirus at work? With so many low wage jobs classified as essential, minority communities have been disproportionately vulnerable. Mainstream media outlets like to point to comorbidity as the cause but comorbidity doesn’t cause exposure. A few things have changed with the stimulus checks since the last episode, Ann goes over some of the changes.
This week Dan is remotely joined by Ann to discuss the details of the COVID-19 stimulus plan. There are some common misunderstandings and some not so common misunderstandings regarding the stimulus plan.
We also talk about why putting your mortgage in forbearance may be risky in the long run and the lax requirements on who qualifies as essential businesses. We both give updates on how and what we’ve been doing the past few weeks too.