My Racist Friend
Episode 2.18: Soul Survivor

Episode 2.18: Soul Survivor

June 27, 2020

Amy reflects on the childhood memory shared by Don in the previous episode and the difficulty in reconciling racism in someone she loves. Together, they revisit a painful moment for Don at an awards program in which they both participated, and Amy tries to reconcile the racism she carries.

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Episode 2.17: Don’t Let It Be a Pumpkin Spice Moment

Episode 2.17: Don’t Let It Be a Pumpkin Spice Moment

June 18, 2020

In this week's conversation, Don wrestles with what to do with the anger aggregating with each news alert, racist Facebook post, and recalled memory. In processing how that anger has changed over time, Amy talks about our inclination to diminish or dismiss harm done by people we like.

Warning: The cursing was not edited out for this episode, and (spoiler) they don't really talk about the Farmer's Market.

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Episode 2.16: Two Genies

Episode 2.16: Two Genies

June 12, 2020

Don and Amy discuss the ongoing protests against police brutality, including both the large gathering in Bloomington on June 5 and (briefly) an inflammatory statement by the Broadening Inclusion Group of the local farmer's market that same day. They try to process some of the recent instances of violence against protestors and discuss the role RCT plays in seeking understanding.

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Episode 2.15: Don’t Write Me a Check

Episode 2.15: Don’t Write Me a Check

June 5, 2020

The last week of May was draining. The murder of George Floyd under the knee of the Minneapolis police was set up by Amy Cooper's 911 call and stalled justice for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others. Don and Amy reflect on the barrage of events since their previous conversation, including the resulting protests of police brutality around the world and the outcome of policing tactics on display. They also revisit the continued presence of white supremacists in the local farmers market, a year after protests began, and explore a possible solution for institutionalize racism: reparations.

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