“This is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history,” said President Obama in an interview with BET. “When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias … you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time, and you just have to be steady so you don’t give up when we don’t get all the way there.”
The Freedom Report podcast today looks at the state of race relations in the United States. A recent poll from Bloomberg politics shows that racial tensions have only been exacerbated since the election of Americas first black president (second if you count Bill Clinton). 53 percent of respondents to the poll said that interactions between black and white communities have deteriorated since he took office.
On today's show, editor Austin Petersen examines the history of racism in the United States, examining the President and his supporter's behavior when it comes to hustling of the race issue. Is the president a racist in the conventional sense? What about pushing for policies such as affirmative action? Would that be considered racist? The Democratic Party has had no qualms using the race issue to stir up their electorate and gain political power. So what does that mean in context of the current events? [RELATED: A Brief History of Racist Democrats]
Also, can white people really solve the problems in the black community? Steve Chapman at Reason writes that white people are blaming the problems in the black community on problems they themselves have created. But is that truly the case? Chapman cites statistics that black crime is at a historic low, while arguing that blacks deaths caused by police are at an all time high. The problem with that logic is that some people might correlate that police killing black men directly correlates to the drop in crime. Probably not a wise comparison to make. [RELATED: Are Democrats Hypocrites About The Racists In Their Own Ranks?]
All that, as well as a little history about the history of racism in the Democratic Party on this special episode of the Freedom Report podcast.
The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the case of the killing of Eric Garner who was killed by NYPD after they put him in an illegal chokehold. Officer Daniel Pantaleo was not indicted by a grand jury, although he still faces a federal civil rights suit by the DOJ, an internal NYPD investigation and a civil suit of $75 million from Garner's family. Today's show takes a look at potential outcomes of all of these cases, as well as the problem of police brutality and race in America.
The Freedom Report podcast today asks: Why do so many Americans believe in conspiracy theories? Special guest today is author Joseph Usckinski, whose new book "American Conspiracy Theories" takes a look at the psychology of the issue, tackling questions like: Are conspiracy theorists potentially dangerous?