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Akilah Johnson

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The Paradox of Blackness in 2020 with Award-Winning Journalist Akilah Johnson

MIP Make It Plain with Mark Thompson

The Poor People's Campaign is holding a Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20th; every day leading up to that day of action, we'll be featuring real stories of struggle and poverty to raise awareness and make the subject a priority. That's what you'll find at the top of the episode, and today's speaker is Karla, a deaf student who lost her much-needed financial aid when her dad got a raise. The rest of today's episode is devoted to the paradox of Blackness right now: am I willing to risk sacrificing my own life to save my own life? Mark explores that question with Akilah Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist currently covering the healthcare beat for ProPublica.org, who recently spent time talking with Black protestors who have to consider that very question as they head into the streets every day to stand up to police brutality. Hear what she learned from the people who are putting their immediate well-being on the line for what they hope will be sustainable change in systemic racism. READ Akilah's reporting discussed in this episode here: https://www.propublica.org/article/on-the-minds-of-black-lives-matters-protestors-a-racist-health-system MORE INFORMATION on the Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington: june2020.org Executive Producer: Adell Coleman Producer: Brittany Temple Distributor: DCP Entertainment For additional content: makeitplain.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

16 Jun 2020