The pandemic is devastating America. And black Americans especially. Maybe more than any other group in the United States. As many as one-fourth of the overall American dead from the pandemic are black. And people of color are disproportionately serving on the front lines of healthcare, public transportation, food services and many other industries that are the hardest hit. The impact on black people is another hidden and underreported front in our war against COVID-19. And meanwhile, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black jogger, was ruthlessly murdered by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia—sparking outrage and anger nationwide–while President Trump continues to make racist statements at the White House aimed at Chinese people. In this powerful new episode, we dig into race and the coronavirus.
Race has never been more urgent, divisive and underreported. Except for on this pod. Independent activist, author, social entrepreneur and Army veteran Paul Rieckhoff breaks it down and leads a fascinating and riveting conversation with Baratunde Thurston. Baratunde is a powerful, inspiring and dynamic next-generation thought leader. He’s an activist, futurist, comedian and author of the New York Times bestseller, How To Be Black. He’s worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. Baratunde serves on the National Board of BUILD, an organization that uses entrepreneurship-based experiential learning to propel underserved youth through high school on to college and career success, serves on the Brooklyn Public Library board of trustees and his TED Talk has over 2 million views. He and Rieckhoff have known each other for over a decade, and they chop it up for a fun, emotional and inspiring conversation that you’ll want to talk about and share. Angry Americans continues our groundbreaking focus on the front-line fighters of the war against COVID-19 with another inspiring leader shaping the future of America.
And as the virus takes more lives and infections spreads through the White House staff, states begin to reopen. And that’s got Rieckhoff and many others angry–for good reason. He rips into the news that you may have missed with his trademark tenacity, wit, wisdom and humor. He digs into the national defense, first-responders and veterans issues that are off the national radar. And he adds a splash of pop-culture, great music and civic action. Featured recently on Fox News, Variety, NPR, The New York Times, MSNBC and CNN, it’s another riveting episode of the most dynamic podcast in America for independent politics, news and culture.
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