Mar 29, 2018
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Jared and Josh discuss the degree to which they had or didn’t
have political mentors growing up. Jared talks about Kwame Ture's
(f/k/a Stokley Carmichael) influence on his father, and how that
shaped some of the actions his father took during his own period of
radicalization. Jared talks about how his father’s confrontation
with the state at the 1968 DNC in Chicago lead to his basic
refutation of armed revolution within a US context. Josh discusses
how he learned to analyze politics not so much from mentors, but by
observing different relationships growing up.
Both Jared and Josh discuss how state violence compelled them
into political activism, organizing and protest. Josh also talks
about how for him the murder of Trayvon Martin and the lack of
justice in that case was very impactful for him, growing up in same
area of South Florida.
Josh spoke about the dangers of reformism as it applies to
state violence and the short-sightedness of many of the reformist
demands that came out certain strains of the Black Lives Matter
movement, including the big push for body cameras.
Both Josh and Jared discuss how working within anti-racist and
state violence reform organizing and watching the rise of hyper
visible (neo)liberal figures out of those platforms who built their
own fame sometimes at the expense of the movement as a whole.