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January 27, 2014

Episode 388: Whitewashing Injustice

The Axiom Amnesia Theory with Heit & Cheri

We don’t have to look very far to recognize situations where injustice is whitewashed, rather than being dealt with head on. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri shed light on circumstances of injustice via analysis of current event stories.

Topics discussed include controversy over Richard Sherman’s excited utterances during a post-game interview, George Zimmerman’s latest painting that’s gotten him into more legal trouble, anti-homeless laws, Utah giving homes to the homeless, a nun who claims to have become spontaneously pregnant, and more!


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  • Discussion about Heit’s first visit to Cracker Barrel and trying to beat the peg game.
  • Discussion about the controversy over Richard Sherman’s excited utterances during a post-game interview after the play that is sending his team to the Super Bowl.
  • Richard Sherman says that calling someone a “thug” is the new way of referring to them as “the N-word”.

    For the first time since breaking football, the media, and the internet, Richard Sherman addressed the reaction to his postgame interview, and his critics’ use of the word “thug.”

    “The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know.”

    The day after the Seahawks’ win, the word “thug” was uttered 625 times on American television, or more than on any single day in at least three years.

    Sherman then referenced the Flames-Canucks line brawl on Saturday:

    “There was a hockey game where they didn’t even play hockey, they just threw the puck aside and started fighting. I saw that, and said, ‘Oh man, I’m the thug? What’s going on here?’”
    Sherman said the choice of epithet was particularly galling, because it’s something he’s had to deal with his entire life.

    “I know some ‘thugs,’ and they know I’m the furthest thing from a thug. I’ve fought that my whole life, just coming from where I’m coming from. Just because you hear Compton, you hear Watts, you hear cities like that, you just think ‘thug, he’s a gangster, he’s this, that, and the other,’ and then you hear Stanford, and they’re like, ‘oh man, that doesn’t even make sense, that’s an oxymoron.’

    “You fight it for so long, and to have it come back up and people start to use it again, it’s frustrating.”
    Source: Deadspin

  • Discussion about Andrea Mitchell interrupting a discussion on the NSA spying scandal to report that Justin Bieber was arrested.


    Source: Huffington Post

  • Discussion about George Zimmerman’s latest painting of prosecutor Angela Corey that’s got him in trouble with the AP.

    George Zimmerman may be in legal trouble again, this time over his latest painting.

    The painting, unveiled earlier this week, depicts Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, who charged Zimmerman with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. It closely resembles an AP photo of Corey taken at a press conference in April 2012 — something the news organization is taking action against.
    Source: Huffington Post

    zimmerman painting
  • Discussion about how Utah gave homeless people homes, while other areas of the country enacted anti-homeless laws.

    Earlier this month, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day.

    Bower’s tactics were over the top, and so unpopular that he quickly declared “Mission accomplished,” and retired his sledgehammer. But Bower’s frustration with his city’s homelessness problem is just an extreme example of the frustration that has led cities to pass measures that effective deal with the homeless by criminalizing homelessness.

    {…} In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.

    How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but they keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.
    Source: Nation of Change

  • Discussion about the relationship between mental health issues and homelessness.
  • Discussion about the story of a nun who supposedly got pregnant spontaneously.


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