We are back with season three of The World As I Like It To Be podcast and none too soon as racism and sexism are back in the headlines.
Whether it is the bombshell Netflix documentary When They See Us by Ava DuVernay and produced by Robert DeNiro and Oprah Winfrey among others, or a Utah mother seeing her 10 year old child being held at gun point by a police officer or a Delaware man traveling to Pennsylvania to settle old tickets ending up dead in police custody, America is once again being forced to face this ugly truth without our society and, so called, justice system.
On today’s show we will be speaking to Detective Darnley Small, a retired instructor for the New York City police department.
Detective Small worked in the human relations unit which trained bosses and officers within the department on issue of racial tolerance and discrimination within the department.
His understanding and training on discrimination and racism and what happens in the department will be very instructive for us.
When they See Us
The Netflix special that retells the story of the Central Park Five is making waves once again.
The group of children, now adults who call themselves the Exonerated Five, are speaking out discussing the legal system that treats blacks very differently then it treats whites.
One of the prosecutors in the case, Linda Fairstein, is being taken to task for her work on the case.
Reproductive rights under assault
Also, in the headlines, the right has spent the last two weeks or more going after abortion providers within both northern and southern states where they hold power.
According to Perry Bacon Jr of Five Thirty Eight:
… Republican-controlled states have been chipping away at abortion access since the 2010 elections, which swept the GOP into power in state legislatures and governors’ mansions across the country.
Nine states have placed on the books so called “early abortion laws”. These laws would abolish abortion after six weeks which critics say many women do not know they are pregnant after six weeks.
From Allure magazine:
Louisiana — the most recent state to pass an abortion ban — passed a bill effectively banning abortion after six weeks. The bill is terrifying in its breadth, and yet it is unfortunately not an anomaly. So far, Louisiana is only one of nine states to pass bills restricting abortion access. The thing is, abortion bans are nothing new. The first bill of its kind was introduced in the 2011 Ohio legislature, and although it didn’t pass, a recent Guttmacher Institute report showed more than two dozen abortion bills are currently under consideration in state legislatures.
In Alabama, a woman governor Kay Ivey, signed the anti-abortion bill into law stating:
Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature,” said Ivey, a Republican, in a statement. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.
But if the reproductive rights of women are of such a concern, why are women working against the cause?
Why is feminism and the call for women’s rights such a divisive issue among women?
Is this this the “internalized misogyny” that helped get Donald Trump elected?