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August 21, 2013

Episode 276: Revolutionary Public Service Announcement

The Axiom Amnesia Theory with Heit & Cheri

Public Service Announcements are basically commercials intended to sway your thinking about one idea or another. But, as individuals, we must be revolutionary in our thinking if we are to be successful in tackling the problems of the day. Doing the same old thing we’ve always done isn’t gonna cut it. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss the new Trayvon Martin / “Stand Your Ground” PSA, and reflect on our approach to seeking race and class equality.

Topics discussed include a new anti-”Stand Your Ground” PSA that reenacts the events of the night George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, the Honda commercials that have nothing to do with vehicles, how commercials have changed throughout the years, rapper The Game’s new Trayvon Martin tattoo, thieves who tried to steal an ATM by yanking it out of the store using a strap and their vehicle, French police beating and chemically spraying a Black woman mercilessly, an article by Jennifer Harvey that addresses white parents on the issue of race, the idea that everyone is equal, how changing the laws will not change the fact that juries will let killers go free for murdering young Black Males, that you cannot legislate or force people to love and accept you, Black Panthers’ summer food programs, and more!


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  • Discussion about a new anti-”Stand Your Ground” PSA that reenacts the events of the night George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin.
  • Discussion about the Honda commercials that have nothing to do with vehicles. It’s a new age type of commercial that promises to transform your life.
  • Discussion about how commercials have changed throughout the years.
  • Discussion about Zimmerman attoney Mark O’Mara’s response to the PSA.

    O’Mara took to his blog to criticize the group’s actions.

    “The visual details of the reenactment are wildly inaccurate and they are unsupported by the actual evidence,” O’Mara wrote.

    The nonprofit group uses real audio from the 911 calls that Zimmerman and a witness made on the night Martin was shot to death in Sanford.

    After the sound of a gunshot, the ad shows actors in hoodies lying on the ground. The names 20 states that have “Stand Your Ground” laws in place are then displayed.

    The group has also launched a website and a petition asking people to urge their state lawmakers to oppose the legislation.

    “By airing an interpretation of events that are easily dismissed as factual fantasy, the proponents for changes in the self-defense statutes in various states are actually damaging their arguments,” O’Mara said.
    Source: WESH

  • the game tattoo

  • Rapper The Game has a new Trayvon Martin Tattoo.
  • Discussion about The Game’s song “Old English.”
  • Discussion about thieves who tried to steal an ATM by yanking it out of the store using a strap and their vehicle.

    Las Vegas police detectives are investigating an attempted ATM theft that occurred on Aug. 11 around 3 a.m.

    It happened in the 7800 block of West Sahara Avenue.

    Surveillance video of the incident shows a vehicle driving to the front of the business, followed by two suspects smashing out the front door.

    The suspects enter the business, tie a strap around the ATM and attempt to pull the ATM out of the business. Detectives believe the suspects may be responsible for at least four other similar incidents.
    Source: KTNV

  • Discussion about French police beating and chemically spraying a Black woman mercilessly.
  • Discussion about an article by Jennifer Harvey that addresses white parents on the issue of race.

    Dear Parents of White Children,

    I vote that we strike the following from our parental lexicon:

    1. “Everybody is equal.”

    2. “We’re all the same underneath our skin.”

    I realize this is counterintuitive. But I’m completely serious.

    These statements are so abstract they’re mostly meaningless when handed to a 7- (or even 17) year-old. That’s at best. At worst, they’re empty filler — stand-ins for the actual conversations about race, racial difference and racism we need to be having with our kids.
    Source: Huffington Post

  • Discussion about the idea that everyone is equal. Everyone SHOULD be equal, but the reality is different.
  • Discussion about how some whites will use the “I don’t see color” line to absolve them of any responsibility for the privileges they have resulting from a racist system. This attitude also helps to feed into capitalism and imperialism.
  • Discussion about the life cycle of the Trayon Martin story.
  • Why has the whole Trayvon Martin case turned into an issue over stand your ground?
  • Discussion about how changing the laws will not change the fact that juries will let killers go free for murdering young Black Males. The jury does not have to answer to anyone about their verdict.
  • As a default, people seem to want to suggest that
  • You cannot legislate or force people to love and accept you.
  • Discussion about peoples’ love for the government. They always want more laws, but these laws do not control the behavior.
  • Discussion about the hypocrisy of people thinking it is okay for the U.S. to break international laws but they want to receive a fair shake domestically.
  • The government will do what they want to do. The legality of things is irrelevant really.
  • Discussion about what things have helped Black advance. Has it been marches and protests?
  • Discussion about the Black Panther Panther and summer food programs.
  • The rules will always change when the system sees that you are are making progress.
  • Discussion about the FBI having difficulty infiltrating some of the Black groups because they didn’t have any Black FBI agents because they were racist.


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