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AFROPUNK SOLUTION SESSIONS EP. 1: ODIUM PHYLETICUM VIRUS (RACISM IS A VIRUS)

June 5, 2018

Welcome to the AFROPUNK Solution Sessions.

On our first episode, “Odium Phyleticum Virus,” Matthew Kincaid, founder of Overcoming Racism, says racism is like a contagious disease and the symptoms are everywhere. From chronic health disparities to generational poverty, systemic racism infects every aspect of our social and political systems. And if left unchecked it can infect entire communities before people even know they’re sick. Rather than thinking we can cure this virus by doing nothing or through well-meaning platitudes, Kincaid says need meaningful cultural and policy interventions.

Hear from Kincaid, Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project Director, Melissa Harris-Perry, and the Solution Sessions hosts, Bridget Todd and Yves Jeffocat, as they explore the virus of systemic racism and its solutions.

We get into:

  • The importance of setting young people up for success
  • The importance of being intentionally anti-racist
  • Why saying “love conquers” hate doesn’t cut it.

SOLUTIONS:

  • Educate yourself and keep educating youth
  • Be intentionally anti racist
  • Don’t stay in your lane
  • For the New York Times study on race and wealth we mention in the episode here.
  • To learn more about Matthew’s work with Overcoming Racism here.
  • To learn more about Heidi’s work Southern Poverty Law Center here.

FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE:

MATTHEW KINCAID

Founder, Overcoming Racism

Matthew founded “Overcoming Racism,” realizing that problems facing black and brown kids in our education system are rooted in systemic racism, and not in the children themselves.

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HEIDI BEIRICH

Author + Director of The Southern Poverty Law Center

Heidi Beirich is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist and neo-Confederate movements as well as racism in academia. She leads the The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project.
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MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY

Professor, Author, Intellectual

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. She is also the author of award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.
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