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Sooo Many White Guys: #20 Phoebe and Melissa Harris-Perry Catch Some White Tears


Been listening to a lot of “Sooo Many White Guys” on my walks around the neighborhood lately.  The show’s Executive Director is Ilana Glazer of “Broad City” fame, the host is Phoebe Robinson from “2 Dope Queens” fame, and interviews talent from non-cis gendered, queer, black, Latino/a/x, feminist spheres since so much of our media and especially comedy spaces are occupied by straight white men.

In this episode Pheobe Robinson chats with Melissa Harris-Perry who is a bombass political scientist, television host, and political commentator.  The episode delves into growing up as a biracial kid in Virigina in the 1970s, intersectionality of race and womanhood, Oh – and her college advisor was Maya FREAKIN’ Angelou!

Favorite quotes from the episode:

  • “Let’s be clear about white ladies who voted for Trump – white women haven’t voted in a majority for a Democratic candidate since the 1960s.  Why would anyone be surprised?  Is someone unconscious?!”
  • “[The Democratic Party’s] inability, incapacity, and unwillingness to see the leadership in black, brown, and young folks is its own undoing.”
  • “[My dad] would give me birthday cards with $1 for every year I was turning and always sign the card the same way: the struggle continues.  When you’re 5 you’re like what the hell?!”
  • “You never need to reinforce whiteness because whiteness is so powerfully reinforced that you never need to reinforce it.”
  • “My three year old is real super black.”

Listen to the full episode here: https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnycstudios/#file=/audio/json/741167/&share=1

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