A Postscript on JSC Radio Ep. 80

PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — When I first started doing JSC Radio nearly 2½ years ago, I often pictured the podcast — which was, essentially, an extension of this blog — to be a sounding board for not just me, but for interesting and compelling people. In the 90+ shows I’ve done, counting the “Best of” shows and special episodes, I have had a number of great conversations. Ranging from the early episodes where I interviewed Jenee Darden, Lara Witt, and Adrienne Lawrence to the two appearances by Jazmine Duke (including Ep. 61.5, where she and her dad made a tandem appearance) to my interview with the dynamic Renee Washington. This show has been a slow burn and a slow build but every episode is worth it.

That brings me to Episode 80. The 80th Episode of JSC Radio morphed from being a milestone episode (every 5 shows is a damn milestone) to being my favorite overall episode of this show since I started doing it in 2016. I’m a competitive dude. I’m constantly trying to improve upon things and get better, and I felt a lot of that played a role in how well this turned out. But that podcast was nothing without those two dynamic women.

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Flag Day: Tales of a Confederate Felon…

♠ That damn flag… ♠

This blog is dedicated to the memories of the nine people who were killed in the Charleston Massacre:
Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Ethel Lee Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Susie Jackson, Daniel Simmons Jr., and Depayne Mitchell.
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (JSC) — In 1982, as a barely 3-year-old boy in Detroit, it was nothing major. It was just an orange flag, with a big blue X and some stars. To me, it was just a funky looking symbol on top of a really cool car. Yep. My first experience with that God-awful symbol of racism, prejudice, tyranny, and treason was on what was the first TV show that I absolutely loved: The Dukes of Hazzard. I was barely able to string together coherent sentences, but I LOVED the Dukes of Hazzard. I loved the car chases, the funny accents, the banjo music, and that really cool orange car, the General Lee. I was a toddler. I knew nothing of the sordid, gross, awful history of the Confederate Flag. So when I was old enough to start liking Hot Wheels cars the following year, I never understood why my mother would never, EVER, buy me the General Lee. The police cruiser that was always chasing the General Lee? Sure. She played it off as the police car is what my dad drove at work. I never really “got it” until I was old enough to start understanding U.S. History and learned about the Civil War. Only then, did it all make sense. Now, some 33 years after my first time seeing the General Lee, it appears that people — be it from a legit epiphany, long-standing guilt, or fear of losing money — have finally begun to smarten up. Let’s Go.

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Gate Crashers: When Did Freedom of Speech Stop Being Free?

Freedom of Speech Also Applies To Stuff You Don’t Like…

“People demand Freedom of Speech to make up for the Freedom of Thought that they seldom use”

— Soren Kierkegaard

DETROIT — There was a very distinct reason why I didn’t blog on the entire crap-sandwich that was the bogus/BS arrest of renown Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates until now. Primarily, I wanted to wait for all the facts to come spilling out about exactly what happened. Anyone who is a minority (and a fair amount of whites) in this country knows that one of their great nightmares is being accosted in their own home by Police Officers/Federal Agents. That’s especially scary when they have done absolutely nothing wrong. Well, when the Cambridge (Mass.) police suddenly chose to pay Dr. Gates a visit after a neighbor apparently mistook him for a burglar…breaking into his OWN home…things were already bad, but who knew it would end up with the man being led out of his own home in handcuffs after proving that he lived in the house! Continue reading Gate Crashers: When Did Freedom of Speech Stop Being Free?