A Word About the Latest Dope Show Podcast

Chris Stewart and I dropped the latest episode of our podcast - The Dope Show - over the weekend. As usual, we want to thank our three listeners.

If you have not yet listened, I encourage you to give the latest episode - "White People, Come Get Your Boy" - a shot. The title is a reference to a "call to action" from writer and comedian W. Kamau Bell, who at the end of 2015 encouraged white people across the country to take personal responsibility for ending Trump's chances at the White House:

It is time, white people, for you to finally step up and recognize that you also (even more so) have a responsibility to your race. It is up to you to silence Donald Trump. Don’t just insult him and make fun of him. You have to connect it to your race. Recognize that he is embarrassing you as a white person. Simple snark won’t win here. You have to feel it. You have to use words like “as a white person” and “he is an embarrassment to my race.” Stop acting like Trump isn’t the pinnacle and the result of America’s history and tradition of white supremacy. And again, P.S.: Simply put, white people, come get your boy.

Regular readers of this blog know that I take Bell's words quite seriously. Chris and I spend some time discussing the Trump phenomenon on this episode, and I try to do my own "white folks work."

We also discuss, however, a recent moment of racial discord within the education community, wherein a white writer/teacher proffered his preference for the vision of American presented by Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton, over the perspective in Ta-Nehisi Coates's book Between the World and Me. The discussion is quite challenging, as we discuss the perniciousness of white folks dictating one particular version of America and its history to children of color. In short, "come get your boy" is a sentiment that should stretch beyond presidential politics. I will not rehash the contents of the podcast here, but I hope you will listen.