70 minutes | May 24, 2021

2595 - Why Racism Hurts Everyone in Material Ways w/ Heather McGhee

Sam and Emma host Heather McGhee, a senior fellow at Demos, to discuss her new book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together on how the legacies of slavery and systemic racism hurt all Americans in material ways. They explore her concept of “drain pool politics,” in which white Americans started to vote away their own public benefits in response to desegregation, and its historical grounding in the white elite breaking up working-class solidarity by targeting Black and Brown folks at the expense of poor whites. They delve deeper into the effect of this “zero-sum” view of race in America that is used to distract and divide with manufactured cultural grievances, and what kind of work needs to be done, like building solidarity through organizing and confronting race, to begin to change the American consciousness. Then, Sam and Emma unpack Liz Cheney doing her best to dance around the connection between Trump’s election fraud claims and the current wave of voting bills, all while accidentally tying everything back to the 2000 election. And in the Fun Half: Michael from Miami calls in to give out much deserved congratulations to Sam and Emma before exploring potential Democratic challengers in the Florida Senatorial race, the crew explores the coverage of the Wuhan origins of Covid-19 and the undertones of anti-science and anti-China rhetoric, and John from California provides much-needed information and resources around the current political devastation in Burma. Next, Ruben from El Paso discusses the potential universal college option, and Marjorie Taylor Green finds solidarity with the “second class” citizens of the Holocaust – or at least the "rational" sect of the Jews. Finally, Robert Gates does some wonderfully dishonest blame-shifting onto the Palestinians and the “Arab States” for the sustained violence in the region, plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ (Merch issues and concerns can be addressed here: majorityreportstore@mirrorimage.com) The AM Quickie is now on YouTube Subscribe to the AM Quickie at https://fans.fm/amquickie Make the AMQ part of your Alexa Flash Briefing too! You can now watch the livestream on Twitch Check out today's sponsors: Tushy: Hello Tushy cleans your butt with a precise stream of fresh water for just $79. It attaches to your existing toilet – requires NO electricity or additional plumbing – and cuts toilet paper use by 80% – so the Hello Tushy bidet pays for itself in a few months. Go to hellotushy.com/majority to get 10% off plus free shipping today! GiveWell: For over ten years GiveWell.org has helped donors find the charities and projects that save and improve lives most per dollar. New GiveWell donors will have their first donation matched up to $1,000 when you go to GiveWell.org/MAJORITY and select PODCAST and Majority Report at checkout. Headspace: Headspace is your daily dose of mindfulness in the form of guided meditations in an easy-to-use app. It’s advancing the field of mindfulness and meditation through clinically-validated research. Go to headspace.com/majority for a free one-month trial, with access to Headspace’s full library of meditations for every situation. Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Subscribe to AM Quickie writer Corey Pein’s podcast News from Nowhere, at https://www.patreon.com/newsfromnowhere Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel! Check out The Nomiki Show live at 3 pm ET on YouTube at patreon.com/thenomikishow Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or at twitch.tv/theantifada (streaming every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7pm ET!) Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @MattLech @BF1nn
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