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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: A converation about race on King holiday

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 18, 2015 2:56 PM
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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, January 19, 2015:

There probably have been more public conversations about race in America during the last six months since the late 1960s when the civil rights movement was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

That also is true of the number of street protests and demonstrations.

Prompted by the killing of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer and the death of Eric Garner in New York as police tried to take him into custody, thousands of black and white Americans have been calling for racial justice under the heading of Black Lives Matter.

Protesters have staged "die-ins" to promote their cause and the conversation.  Die-in demonstrations were held in Lancaster and at the Farm Show in Harrisburg within the past week.

To mark the King holiday Monday, Smart Talk features Sandra Thompson, president of the York NAACP, Nick Peterson, an organizer of BlackLivesMatter717, and Pastor Naomi Leapheart of St. Peter's UCC Church in Lancaster to discuss race in America.

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Nick Peterson and Naomi Leapheart

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  • Frank McManus img 2015-01-19 09:40

    Great conversation -- so glad to hear this perspective on WITF. Maybe in the future it could be more than once a year? Is it possible that having it only once a year is a symptom of white privilege?

  • pbj img 2015-01-19 09:45

    Scott Lamar
    Black on black crime is exploding and it begins at a very young age, elementary school. This makes young people of color who've been abused by their friends, family and neighbors suspicious of outsiders, people of "other" culture or race. In fact people of color then accuse ALL outsiders of being racist.
    I am a woman of color, not black not white, and I have been treated horrendously by neighbors who are black and automatically assume I'm "the evil white racist."

  • Kat Bullington img 2015-01-19 09:59

    seeing black americans as victims is the snare of white guilt. instead of seeing black americans as victims, we should should realize they are whole, powerful, able citizens

  • Kat Bullington img 2015-01-19 10:07

    also, terms like white privilege are new to many. it is important to have a common language we all understandto talk about the issue. until white people understand the definition and can cporelate it w our true history, we will have misunderstanding.

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