My Racist Friend
Episode 3.07: Traditional White Art

Episode 3.07: Traditional White Art

February 20, 2021

Don and Amy start this week's discussion with a job listing by the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields that sought a director to “attract a broader and diverse audience while still maintaining the Museum’s traditional, core, white art audience.” The conversation also includes antique shops selling symbols of white supremacy in Oregon, students calling out teachers and organizations for racism, and a possibly inevitable revisiting of John Hughes films.

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Special thanks to BCC interns, Rylie Cook and Constance Johnson, for helping with research for this episode.

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Episode 3.06: Uncle Buck Goes to Washington

Episode 3.06: Uncle Buck Goes to Washington

February 14, 2021

After talking about racism evident in a couple national news stories, Amy brings a recent example of her own racism to discuss with Don. Together, they dive deep into taking responsibility for making anti-oppression training easier, the need to let other people in relationships voice their own experience with harm, and the limited role listening and empathy plays in growth.

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Special thanks to BCC interns, Rylie Cook and Constance Johnson, for helping with research for this episode.

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Episode 3:05: Strategies of Survival

Episode 3:05: Strategies of Survival

February 6, 2021

Don and Amy discuss the Strategies of Disconnection, a key concept in Relational-Cultural Theory about the practice of hiding parts of yourself in order to maintain relationships. Amy also talks with Don about some recent news items that land on the Racism Radar—including a Southern Baptist pastor and Bloomington's new Racial Equity Task Force—and makes a pitch to listen to the New York Times serial podcast about schools, Nice White Parents, hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt.

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Special thanks to BCC interns, Rylie Cook and Constance Johnson, for helping with research for this episode.

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Episode 3.04: The Venn Diagram of GameStop

Episode 3.04: The Venn Diagram of GameStop

February 1, 2021

After overcoming some technical problems, Don joins Amy for a wide-ranging conversation about national politics and the possibility of the GameStop short squeeze becoming common ground for both ends of the political spectrum. The friends touch on a few items in the news, including the local challenges of providing shelter for unhoused people who have been trying to survive in tents pitched in public parks.

Special thanks to Six Umbrellas, whose song "Asset House" provides the beats for Don's debut (presumably) in electronic music.

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