For episode 15, Cynthia and Yvette take it back to 1857 when the Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, or any black person, could not be a citizen of the US (a decision later overturned by the 14th amendment), call out the FBI’s racist practices, and dive into “gaslighting.” They note the importance of unpacking the US’ horrific history of slavery, point out the dangers of complacency around government surveillance, and give tips for how to recognize when you are being GASLIGHTED.
Case: Dred Scott v. John Sandford
Get a quick overview of the case and read the full opinion here.
Here is the video of Ben Carson referring to enslaved people brought to the US by violent force as “immigrants.”
Current Event: “Black Identity Extremist”
Read about the FBI’s category here:
- The FBI’s Dangerous Crackdown on ‘Black Identity Extremists’ by Khaled A. Beydoun and Justin Hansford
- Black Lawmakers Meet with FBI Director over ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Report by Chandelis R. Duster
Read more about past targeting of black organizations and leaders by the FBI here: The FBI’s War on Civil Rights Leaders by Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar
Deep Thoughts: Gaslighting
Here’s an article that goes over gaslighting: From Theater to Therapy to Twitter, the Eerie History of Gaslighting by Katy Waldman
Yvette recommended watching the Maze Runner (trailer below) which is in theaters now!
Cynthia recommended supporting and buying art from @iuneveno_art (see below)! #supportblackart
Also, check out the dope podcast ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? which is a bilingual podcast about Latinos in the Heart of our Country. If you want to hear stories of immigration, Latino art and culture, Latinos in the military and more, check it out.