Mike Huckabee. Former governor of Arkansas. Oft-un-nominated presidential candidate. Proficient bassist and author of a book actually called God, Grits and Gravy. We all contain multitudes, but Huckabee is proof that not all multitudes are created equal. Hey, speaking of equality, Huckabee dug his heels in on a newfound platform, one he plans to hitch his train to and careen off into the void over: “Male lives matter”. From the Washington Post:
The pure facts also reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men, so by your ‘proportional’ standards, the real movement in America should be ‘Male Lives Matter.’”
Okay, some context. On July 9, Huckabee was being interviewed by Fox News (where else) and let fly this chestnut: “More white people have been shot by police officers this past year than minorities.” Roll the tape!
There are a number of ways to unpack what Huckabee is saying, but let’s come out with it: He’s not wrong. In 2015, 990 people were shot by police. 494 were white. 258 were black. So, yes, more white people were shot by police.
But it’s a partial truth because it fails to account for population percentages. In a country with a white majority, it stands to reason that more white people would be shot by police. What has people angry is the disproportionate number of black people being shot by police. As the Post itself put it:
“Over the past year, The Post found that the vast majority of those shot and killed by police were armed and half of them were white. Still, police killed blacks at three times the rate of whites when adjusted for the populations where these shootings occurred. And although black men represent 6 percent of the U.S. population, they made up nearly 40 percent of those who were killed while unarmed.”
So, as ever, context is king, and the king has abdicated the castle in Huckabee’s fairy tale of white persecution. The Post rang Huckabee up to give him the opportunity to walk back his statements but courage of Huckabee’s magnitude does not back down in the face of facts, and that’s where the whole “male lives matter” thing came in.
“It’s not me that needs to be ‘fact checked.’ It’s the Post — I only said exactly what YOU reported. My comments were 100 percent factual. The pure facts also reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men, so by your ‘proportional’ standards, the real movement in America should be ‘Male Lives Matter.’”
Imagine if everyone just took all the incredible creativity they put into erasing Black Lives Matter and finding ways to make the facts say anything besides what they clearly do and put that into fighting for the liberation of black people and accountability in police forces. What a world that would be. But no, instead we have this one, in which someone is seriously suggesting that the value and worth of men in America is under attack by the police department.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
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Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.