Norm Diamond hosts the Moles’ tribute to MLK Day, which includes the following segments:
Critical Race Theory: Bill Resnick talks to Malik Miah who made a living as an aviation mechanic and spent most of his life fighting racism in the unions. He has written several books and hundreds of magazine pieces. Bill and Malik discuss Critical Race Theory – what it is, the complex ways racism is reproduced in this country, and how and why the right including the Republican Party is attacking its use in the schools and, in the process, seeking support from parents. This segment orginally aired on January 17, 2022.
Chasing Me to My Grave: On a day celebrating Martin Luther King, writer and photographer Matt Witt reviews a memoir by another African American from Georgia who also had a day named after him. The memoir is called Chasing Me to My Grave by Winfred Rembert. Growing up in rural Georgia, Rembert nearly died from a lynching after joining a demonstration for voting rights. He served seven years on a prison chain gang, but eventually became a nationally recognized artist who painted scenes from his life.
Reconstruction: How does a brief period 150 years ago become a flashpoint in our modern culture wars? It does if the same issues of racial equity, working-class organization and democratic control persist. And if activist groups like Black Lives Matter effectively raise them yet again. In this episode of Another World Is Possible, Norm Diamond looks at what’s most important to know about the post-Civil War era called “Reconstruction,” and at the educators creatively teaching that era in the face of organized right-wing attempted repression.