I was disappointed in this podcast as I thought it was unbalanced and over simplified a complex problem. The cause of appalling conditions in urban Black neighborhoods today is not simply past racial injustice and certainly not "systemic racism" present today. Not all residents of downtown Minneapolis would regard the rioters as altruistic revolutionaries nor would the folks in poor neighborhoods of Chicago regard the dangerous criminals victimizing their neighborhoods as modern day Che Geuvara's.
The monstrous injustice of slavery, Jim Crow and White Racism are real evils and should be recognized as such but should not be offered as the soul cause of what is happening in our inner cities. That has the effect of denigrating Black inner city folks as hapless victims with no power or opportunity to make changes within their own lives to make things better. Casting a group of people as pure victims of social injustice dependent on others to rectify things is its own form of oppression.
Treating every problem and wrong in our culture as victimization based on race leads to increased tension and even hatred. This is now a problem in our colleges and universities. A clear example of that is the recent lecture sponsored by the Yale School Medicine titled "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" given by Aruna Khilanani in which she spoke of her fantasies of "Unloading a revolver into the head of every white person that got in my way." Yale did criticize this lecture but only after it leaked to the public. A similar thing happened at Brandeis University and that school declined to comment. I wish Dan had at least asked Professor Hinton a few questions raising these issues. Perhaps a podcast featuring someone like Thomas Sowell would be of interest.