Ep. 290: Rev. William Barber II Reflects on the Police Murder of George Floyd and America's Moral Reckoning in the Age of Trump
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival.
Rev. Dr. Barber is also the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement
He is the author of several books including We Are Called to Be a Movement; Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear; and Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation.
Rev. Barber is helping to convene and is a featured speaker at The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington which is being held this upcoming Saturday, June 20.
Rev. Barber reflects on America’s culture of death and its connections to the police murder of George Floyd.
Rev. Barber also explains how Donald Trump is a symptom of a much deeper moral crisis in America that is a function of racism, militarism, greed, right-wing religious nationalism, and social inequality and injustice more broadly.
And Rev. Barber offers wisdom and advice about sustaining the long struggle and people’s uprising that was sparked by the police murder of George Floyd and how we can move from outrage to substantive policy reform and societal progress.
Chauncey DeVega ponders the wave of white supremacist mob violence across the United States in (mostly) rural America targeting the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-fascists.
Chauncey is also concerned about the dangers of white guilt in this moment of people’s uprising and mobilization sparked by the police murder of George Floyd and other examples of police thuggery and brutality against black people.
And Chauncey DeVega also offers a remembrance for New Haven, Connecticut’s and the Yale School of Drama’s “Shakespeare Lady” who recently died at age 68 from the coronavirus pandemic.
SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW
- Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March
- How The Antifa Fantasy Spread In Small Towns Across The US
- Bethel under curfew on second night of protests, counter-protests
- Overview – Poor People's Campaign
- Heartfelt Conversation on Race Goes Viral
- Protests: Why are some white people randomly gifting Black people money?
- Remembering Yale graduate and ‘Shakespeare Lady,’ Margaret Holloway
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