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F*** Your Racist History
50 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
The Know-Nothing “Native American” Movement
Since the days of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, American politics have been rife with conflict and division, and there has been a rotating cast of political machines taking and losing power. During the volatile political era of the 1840s and 1850s, a nativist group called the “Know-Nothings” briefly held power on the national stage, maintaining staunch anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic stances. Because most of their members were American descendants of Anglo-Saxon colonists, the Know-Nothings also called themselves the “Native American Party,” but make no mistake: Indigenous peoples were not welcome in their ranks. This was a white man’s movement aimed at improving the livelihood and futures of “native-born” white Americans. Even though the Know-Nothing party officially ended in 1860, their violent and hateful members were absorbed into other political parties, namely the newly formed Republicans.
40 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
P. T. Barnum’s “Greatest Exploitation on Earth”
Phineas Taylor (P. T.) Barnum is remembered by many as America’s “Greatest Showman.” An entertainer with enduring ingenuity who could literally make something out of nothing. A so-called friend to the friendless, someone who employed people with physical disabilities in his circus during a time in history when they might not otherwise have been given any other opportunity. A businessman who was endeared and admired for his use of predatory Capitalism; there wasn’t a lie he wouldn’t tell, a person he wouldn’t exploit, or a tale he wouldn’t spin to make a buck, and people loved him for all of it. He proved that people didn’t mind getting conned as long as they got their money’s worth, and that con is still playing out in our memory of Barnum today. In this episode of F*** Your Racist History, we break down the real (and soiled) legacy of P. T. Barnum: his profiteering and exploitation of people with disabilities and enslaved people.
50 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Blocking the Ballot Box
The fight for fair elections in the United States is as old as the country itself. From the Electoral College, to gerrymandering, to violent attacks on voting rights advocates, to dark money influencing campaigns, to new voter suppression laws introduced in 47 states in 2021, the concept of “one person, one vote” is still far from being realized. In this episode of F*** Your Racist History, we dig into the racist origins of U.S. elections and the ways politicians have spent centuries manipulating the system to keep their parties in power and disenfranchise American voters. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
56 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Hate Sells...and We’re Buying
It is no secret that slavery rests at the foundation of American capitalism and is often synonymous with the sugar, tobacco, and/or cotton plantations that fueled the Southern economy. What many may not know is that slavery also rests at the foundation of many notable corporations. From New York Life to Bank of America, Brooks Brothers to Aetna, many companies have benefitted from slavery. Some of the companies even acknowledged their involvement in slavery and offered apologies in an attempt to reconcile their tainted history but, is an apology enough? What about products like Aunt Jemima that use racist imagery, sports teams with stereotypically racist mascots, or tobacco companies who aggressively market menthol cigarettes to people of color? In this episode of F*** Your Racist History, we explore racism and its infiltration of American consumerism.
50 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
The Racist History of American Law Enforcement
We live in troubled times. After numerous killings of unarmed people of color by police over the past decade and beyond, the relationship between the public and law enforcement seems to be on the brink of exploding. On one side of the debate, activists claim a systemic racism problem. On the other, supporters of law enforcement claim these horrific acts of force are either necessary or the actions of a few “bad apples.” In 1963, President John F. Kennedy declared the week of May 15th National Police Week and said, “from the beginning of this Nation, law enforcement officers have played an important role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which are guaranteed by the Constitution and in protecting the lives and property of our citizens.” But, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Join me as we look into the racist origin story of America’s laws and the people who enforce them.
38 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Henry Ford and His Pal Hitler
In 1919, Henry Ford took over a weekly journal called the Dearborn Independent, and within a year and a half, turned it into one of the most notorious anti-Semitic fake news rags in the United States. Ford's anti-Jewish campaign ran for 91 consecutive issues and became a 4-volume book titled The International Jew. Ford's texts and ideas inspired Adolf Hitler and his murderous Nazis in the years leading up to WW2 and they continue to be widely circulated among violent white supremacists today. Americans are still struggling to come to terms with this deeply troubling aspect of Henry Ford's life because he's considered an American hero, and there are even officials trying to bury this story.
2 minutes | May 3, 2021
F*** Your Racist History Podcast Trailer
At the heart of America is a dirty and shameful reality. Everyone knows it exists, but the devastating impact it has left on generations of people has been glossed over and even ignored—especially by those who still benefit from it. Our American history is rooted in racism. More obvious chapters include the decimation of Native American populations, slavery, segregation, and the Jim Crow era. Most Americans have learned about—or at least heard—of these events. But ask them about the eugenics movement, or how homegrown extremists once filled Madison Square Garden for a Nazi rally, or how automobile giant Henry Ford’s hatred of Jews helped inspire Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution, and you’re likely to get a blank stare…or maybe something worse. It's time we raise awareness of these overlooked events to correct the record for those who were and still are harmed by them, to trace these hidden histories to modern tragedies, and learn how folks over the centuries have fought back. It’s time to acknowledge racism exists, so we can beat it once and for all. I’m Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist who became an anti-racist activist and a bringer of hard truths. On each episode of F*** Your Racist History, you’ll learn about America’s conveniently overlooked racist origin stories. Join me as we yank off the hood and expose the lies behind some of America’s so-called triumphs and heroes. F*** Your Racist History launches on July 5, 2021 with 5 full episodes and new episodes following weekly. Listen on your favorite podcast platform or at fyourracisthistory.com!
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