Race and Privilege In America + Bradley Manning, Occupy Debit Card | Acronym TV Full Episode 001

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001 thumb 2It is no surprise that those who benefit from systems of oppression and racism are much less likely to see the scaffolding that continues to smother people of color.  Nearly 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr’s I have a dream speech have we come any closer to judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin?

The murder of Trayvon Martin by a man found not guilty by our criminal justice system, only means that justice was served if you presuppose that the criminal justice system, as it currently functions, delivers justice equally across racial barriers. To hold to that belief system requires one ignore mountains of evidence and pull the cloak of white privilege over ones head. A special report by Acronym TV reporter Joel Northam breaks down where the black bourgeois representatives of the civil rights industrial complex such as the Reverend Al Sharpton fall short. Also,  I talk to people on the street in Boston about White privilege.

Also on today’s show, Hunger Strikes prepare to protest in Washington, Occupy is about to launch a debit card, Bradley Manning wins a Peace Prize, and in response to the myriad ways in which the corporate coup of the US government is driving more and more people into poverty and despair all around the globe, I am unveiling a new segment #WENEEDADEMOCRACYMOVEMENTTOFIXTHISSHIT!


  1. At the risk of sounding defensive I’d like to quibble with the journalistic license that Mr. Trainor took with his interview with me and my partner. As one of the whites interviewed for the piece, I feel that he took my partner’s quotes out of context and omitted much, all in order to prove his point. While I agree with much of what Mr. Trainor says about issues of race in our society, I found it interesting that he did not use anything I said, but just showed my white face “enjoying Boston Common” (as if this is the epitome of white privilege). If viewers were privy to all of what we said in the interview, they would know that I do believe that white privilege exists, that I have benefitted from it, and have seen the negative effects (e.g., legally, with the police, related to lack of educational/economic opportunities,etc.) of it first hand in the large city where I live. I also spoke to Mr. Trainor about how it is perfectly understandable that communities of color would react with outrage to the verdict, given the very real racist events that have occurred in this country’s history and that continue to happen. Just as Mr. Trainor is asking America to look beyond skin color regarding communities of color, I ask him to take into account the way in which his own biases influence his journalistic work. I appreciate his mission, but not the way in which I was used to “prove” his points.

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