008-Post Presidential Election Holiday Season Conversations & Gratitude for Philando Castile’s name being cleared

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(Recorded 11/22/2016 in St. Anthony, MN) Co-hosts Andre and Brian discuss the upcoming holiday season and the potentially uncomfortable conversations that may come up between family and friends, given the recent tense political situation. Brian is exhausted after two weeks of post-election political discussions and confusion. It seems that the United States is divided. Andre offers some guidance to Brian on what to do next and how to interact with people who may appear to be opposite in many ways, even if that’s just a perception.

Andre expresses gratitude for Philando Castile’s name being cleared after the recent announcement by Ramsey County, MN prosecutor John Choi of three charges against Officer Jeronimo Yanez for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

Star Tribune “Police officer charged in fatal shooting of Philando Castile” By Chao Xiong Star Tribune NOVEMBER 17, 2016 — 9:54AM http://www.startribune.com/ramsey-county-attorney-choi-to-announce-update-in-castile-shooting/401484635/

Star Tribune “Minnesota officer released after hearing in Castile shooting” By AMY FORLITI Associated Press NOVEMBER 18, 2016 — 5:10PM http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-officer-to-appear-in-court-in-fatal-shooting/401831555/

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1 thought on “008-Post Presidential Election Holiday Season Conversations & Gratitude for Philando Castile’s name being cleared”

  1. I really appreciated Brian’s honesty of essentially, “Hell no…I’m not going to be having these conversations over the Turkey dinner at Thanksgiving”. I also have a great deal of respect for Andre’s response of acknowledging, 1) That’s not going to get us anywhere, and 2) That’s a part of the white privilege.

    As a white male, I’ve come to realize that it is a huge privilege to NOT have to even think of my race. I’ve also come to realize, through a fair amount of work, that I can no longer sit at the side and claim silently that I’m a white ally. The quote that comes to mind for me, keeping it personal, local, and immediate, is Martin Luther King, Jr’s quote: “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    This is a critical time in our society in the US in which the white allies need to utilize their innate privilege in order to further the racial equity of people of color.

    Thank you for sharing these podcasts. Keep them coming!

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