We talk with historian Elizabeth Hinton about her book, “America on Fire: The Untold History Of Police Violence And Black Rebellion Since The 1960s.” Hinton takes the reader on a journey from Detroit in 1967 and Miami in 1980 to Los Angeles in 1992 and beyond to chart the persistence of structural racism and one of its primary consequences, what the White power structure called “riots” but what Black people call rebellions. The central lesson from these eruptions—that police violence invariably leads to community violence—continues to escape policymakers, who respond by further criminalizing entire groups instead of addressing underlying socioeconomic causes. The results are the hugely expanded policing and prison regimes that shape the lives of so many Americans today.
Then we air part two of our conversation with Chuck Collins about his book, “The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions To Hide Trillions.”
Anne Keala Kelly sits in for host Tiokasin Ghosthorse on First Voices Indigenous Radio. Her guest is Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree). Since her groundbreaking debut, “It’s My Way!” in (1964), Buffy has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate. Buffy has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. In 1982 she became the only Indigenous person to win an Oscar; she spent five years on Sesame Street, where she became the first woman to breastfeed on national television. She’s been blacklisted and silenced. She’s written pop standards sung and recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. She penned “Universal Soldier,” a definitive anti-war anthem of the 20th century. Buffy Sainte-Marie is an icon who keeps one foot firmly planted on either side of the North American border, in the unsurrendered territories that comprise Canada and the USA.
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