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834: Graying the Race Card Shows
- Sociologist Jana Tsoneva sees anti-Roma persecution as a pretense for Bulgaria’s attack on its poorest citizens.
- Historians Barbara and Karen Fields explain how the realities of racism produce our illusions of race.
- Journalist Eliza Anyangwe surveys Boko Haram’s effects on Nigerian life and Western misconceptions.
- Brian Foley explains how inequality locks regular people out of justice in civil law cases.
- Danny Muller dodges Nepalese police and UN photo ops to talk about Haitian politics and deliver good news.
- Jeff Dorchen dismantles the culture of dependency with his own bootstraps.
Jana Tsoneva: “This is how it works, people scramble for the debris of the welfare state. And that’s why racism can be so powerful – it works to limit access to the decreasing amount of welfare and public services.”
Sociology student Jana Tsoneva sees anti-Roma persecution as a pretense for Bulgaria’s attack on its poorest citizens.
Jana Tsoneva is a PhD student in sociology at Central European University, Budapest.
Brian Foley: “You’ve got people who need lawyers, but can’t afford them. Then you’ve got lawyers who can’t afford to represent people because they don’t have jobs as lawyers. So we do have the lawyer resources to help these people. We need the money.”
Lawyer Brian Foley explains how the civil right to counsel movement pushes for equal access to civil law representation.
Brian recommends checking out the work of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel.
Brian J. Foley is a lawyer, comedian and the author of A New Financial You in 28 Days! A 37-Day Plan.
Barbara Fields: “People have the idea that racism arises out of people perceiving racial difference. Our point is the cause is the other way around. You start with racism, and that creates race.”
Karen Fields: “Nature does not create a segregated bus.”
History professor Barbara and independent scholar Karen Fields discuss racism’s pervasive legacy in personal and political life.
Barbara and Karen wrote the book Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life.
Barbara Fields is Professor of History at Columbia University.
Karen Fields is an independent scholar.
Danny Muller: “They’re here for a two hour press conference, but I think the impact it has is much longer reaching in terms of how an ordinary person would feel about an occupying force just screwing up their weekend.”
Danny Muller dodges Nepalese police and UN photo ops to talk about Haitian politics and deliver some good news about TiH! listener donations to a pediatric unit in Cap-Haitien.
Danny is on the ground working with the group Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership.
Danny Muller works on anti-sanctions and public health campaigns in Iraq, Mali, Palestine and Haiti.
Eliza Anyangwe: “Whether it’s in Catalonia or Northern Nigeria, people do not feel like they belong to this entity which is the state.”
Guardian journalist Eliza Anyangwe on the struggle for post-colonial democracy and security in Nigeria.
Eliza wrote the Guardian articles Illicit financial flows growing faster than global economy, reveals new report, and more recently, Boko Haram attacks: why isn’t Nigerian civil society protesting terrorism?
Eliza Anyangwe is a freelance writer and commissioning editor.
Jeff Dorchen: “It’s the culture of dependency – pure and simple. It explains everything. It can transform an otherwise self-respecting person into a pathetic, needy billionaire.”
Jeff Dorchen worries that coddling multi-national corporations might not teach them how to live on their own.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.