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The Brave Podcast
29 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Far-right extremists, white supremacists now the main domestic terrorism threat
As the protests calling for an end to police brutality and killings of African Americans continue across the United States, far-right extremist and white supremacist groups are seeking to sow confusion and engage in acts of violence toward their desired ends of inciting a new civil war. It’s all part of a movement these extremist hate groups have dubbed the “Boogaloo.”In this episode of the podcast, Benjamin Berman digs into the growing activity of far-right extremists and white supremacists in the United States and Canada, as national security and intelligence officials in both countries have labelled them as now being the primary threat for domestic terrorism.
25 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
“White Fear” is the problem
The murder of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers has led to several days of intense protests, as the United States is now gripped by social upheaval and unrest.The protests, and the subsequent reaction to them, has further exposed an already profound rift in American society.On this episode of the podcast, Benjamin Berman talks about a driving force behind the deepening social and political divide in the United States.And that driving force is a phenomenon called, “white fear.”This phenomenon is the result of many whites’ fear over the rapid demographic changes going on in the United States, and whites’ fear over the erosion of the existing power structure in the country, which is based on white dominance (primarily white male dominance) over minority communities.White fear goes a long way toward explaining the relentless police brutality and violence against African Americans in the United States. And of course, the phenomenon of white fear has an impact on Canada as well, where police violence against visible minorities, particularly Black and Indigenous Canadians, is also a serious problem.
26 minutes | May 25, 2020
The Bahamas was almost part of Canada. So what happened? (Hint: racists ruin everything)
If you’re Canadian, close your eyes and imagine sitting on a beach in The Bahamas with the Maple Leaf flag waving above you in the Caribbean breeze. Well, at the beginning of the twentieth century, there were very serious negotiations between the Bahamian and Canadian governments to make the islands part of Canada. So what happened? In this episode of The Brave Podcast, Benjamin talks about exactly what happened and how, unfortunately, Canada was racist as fuck during this time. Ultimately, it was racial hysteria in the prairies and white Canadians’ intolerance of Black people that ended up ruining everything.
30 minutes | May 18, 2020
This episode is a hoax orchestrated by the government
From 5G technology spreading the coronavirus through cell towers, to Bill Gates wanting us all dead, conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic are rampant across social media. In this episode of podcast, Benjamin takes a look at what makes some people so inclined to believe and spread conspiracy theories. What makes these folks so sure they have the all answers and know more than the scientists and medical experts when it comes to COVID-19? And is it mostly right-wing conservatives who traffic in conspiracies? Diving into the vast amount of research that’s available on conspiracy theories, the answers to these questions turn out to be very interesting.
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