No Justice, No Peace
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Interesting show this past week showing that cultural antecedents can have lasting effects and that all may not be as dark as we might be led to believe.
No Justice, No Peace
Police officer tail a group of protesters marching past Times Square, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York. ( John Minchillo / AP Photo ) SummaryTranscriptTranscript
KAREN ATTIAH Black journalists and journalists of color, like we are tired, we are exhausted.
BROOKE GLADSTONE Covering the story while living the story from WNYC in New York, this is On the Media. I'm Brooke Gladstone. In rethinking the role of the police, consider what motivated the founding of the force from the very start.
ELIZABETH HINTON From the colonial period and the founding of this country, the impulse of policing has been to protect property and to enforce social control among immigrants, communities of color, and laboring communities.
BROOKE GLADSTONE Also, how to comprehend the ruptures in our society. One very old theory suggests that civilization is just a thin veneer. And in tough times, we revert to our brutish selves.
RUTGER BREGMAN Veneer theory is simply wrong. Deep down, most people are pretty decent. With maybe one thing I should add there, which is that power corrupts.
BROOKE GLADSTONE There's more coming up after this. From WNYC in New York, this is On the Media. Bob Garfield is out, I'm Brooke Gladstone.
We've really been confronting ourselves this week. Seeing ourselves in mostly unflattering high def. Like it or not, and the people who represent us in photo ops, clutching Bibles and fancy handbags, in uniform, firing flash bombs to maintain the established order, and in the streets with banners and outstretched arms trying to overturn that order. So who are we, really?
NEWS REPORT Mattis released a statement today that reads in part, "Donald Trump is first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people, does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us." [END CLIP]
BROOKE GLADSTONE How do we see ourselves?
SPEAKER What you thought was going to happen? We need jobs to feed our babies, and we wouldn't have this problem.
REPORTER So, you think a lot of this is borne out of frustration?
SPEAKER Yes, they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. And this is what sick and tired looks like. [END CLIP]
BROOKE GLADSTONE And how do others see us?
NEWS REPORT IN FRENCH
NEWS REPORT IN SPANISH
NEWS REPORT WITH ENGLISH ACCENT We see you actually, and every day we're listening and we're coming out with you
REPORTER We saw protesters tear gassed yesterday to make way for a presidential photo op. I'd like to ask you what you think about that. And if you don't want to comment, what message do you think you're sending? [END CLIP]
BROOKE GLADSTONE Here, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paused for a very long 20 seconds or so, but I'm not supposed to air all that on the radio. Silence, sounds like a mistake.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in the United States. It is a time... [END CLIP]
BROOKE GLADSTONE Great powers, if they are to remain great, must take note of how they're viewed.
CHET HUNTLEY We made more good news for the Axis today. [END CLIP]
BROOKE GLADSTONE That's news man Chet Huntley in June 1943, commenting acidly on the riots initiated by U.S. servicemen against young Mexican-American men, many of whom were invited, though resented by local whites, to provide wartime labor. Some sported the edgy, baggy suits popularized in Harlem: zoot suits. They were called the Zoot Suit Riots, and they were brutal.
CHET HUNTLEY The open warfare in Los Angeles has been broadcast by our enemies in every foreign tongue and beamed toward all the continents, the nations, and all the islands where other races of people live. The Axis says, in short, here's your wanted democracy in action. [END CLIP]
BROOKE GLADSTONE An image problem, a moral problem that our nation cannot outrun.
CHET HUNTLEY Today, we gave the Axis more good news, gave our enemies some more weapons. There was a lynching in Florida and a race riot last night in Beaumont, Texas. [END CLIP]
KAREN ATTIAH As the country marks 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the former British colony finds itself in a downward spiral of ethnic violence.
BROOKE GLADSTONE That's Karen Attiah, Washington Post global opinions editor, reading from her recent column " How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country ." She got the idea a little over a week ago during a sleepless night.
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