Enjoy this short rant that was sparked by an incident at a recent Black history event. You won’t want to miss this inciteful take on publicly calling for racial equity.
Election day is coming up this upcoming Tuesday in Madison, and the Black community in Madison has questions for our mayoral candidates. As you do research this weekend in preparation for voting, consider these questions and how the mayoral candidates have (or have not) addressed these 7 questions.
- Why do you want to be mayor during such racially tumultuous times?
- How did Madison get to the point of becoming ground-zero for racial disparities between black and white citizens?
- What is your connection to the black community, and how will that inform your work in making Madison a great community for blacks as well as whites and other people of color?
- How should we measure the success of mayor’s in terms of racial relations? What are the indicators or how do we assess one’s success?
- What about Madison would make it attractive to black middle class Americans?
- If you were a black professional, what opportunities and community transformation would need to exist in order for you to want to stay in Madison?
- If you were black in Madison, where would you go to hang out for cultural relief and affirmation?
If you want to hear more behind these questions and what I mean by them, check out the following short podcast to hear me talk through why these questions are important.
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Dr. Alex Gee has a conversation with a fellow podcast host and friend, Michelle Higgins. Michelle is the Director and a founding member of Faith for Justice. Faith for Justice promotes and leads public justice actions and events that connect faith communities to the movements that seek to dignify and humanize Black lives. She is also the co-host of the Truth’s Table Podcast. Listen for an inspiring conversation that dives into Michelle’s background and current passion for her work in many areas.
Michelle Higgins Book Recommendation: Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital
Truth’s Table Podcast: www.truthstable.com/
Faith for Justice: www.faithforjustice.org/
Dr. Alex Gee is joined in the studio by the staff of Nehemiah’s Reentry Program to give an unfiltered and heartfelt commentary on some recent incidents in the local community. One incident occurred in the public schools to a young African American girl and the other at a Justified Anger community event with men in a reentry support group. Listen in to the honest conversation around these incidents and issues.
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With a Mayoral election coming up soon in Madison, Dr. Alex Gee asks some questions that all communities should ask of their public officials. The questions that are important for a thriving African American community are often not addressed.
Dr. Alex Gee takes a close look at Oscar Best Picture winner Green Book with filmmaker Eli Steenlage. The conversation explores the Hollywood concept of the White savior in film and the contrast of a great year in Black made films like BlackKklansman, If Beale Street Could Talk, Black Panther, and The Hate U Give. Check out some of these movies and Green Book, and then let us know what your thoughts.
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