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On our second episode of George Takei's " Oh Myyy Pod!" podcast, host George Takei and co-host Todd Beeton further explore the roots of the "BBQ Becky" phenomenon.

Why do white people call the police on people of color for doing ordinary everyday things in public spaces?

We speak with Robin DiAngelo, whose best-selling book White Fragility explores why white people often react defensively and even confrontationally when challenged on their assumptions about race and when faced with racial discomfort.

As DiAngelo explains, she, as a white progressive, is no less racist than Donald Trump. And if you're a white progressive yourself, that likely goes for you as well.

Find out why below.

You can listen to Episode 1 here:

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Guest:

  • Robin DiAngelo is the author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, which was released in June 2018 to universal acclaim and has maintained its spot on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a year. DiAngelo has worked in the field of racial justice as an associate professor, sociologist, and educator for more than two decades. She coined the term "White Fragility" in 2011 and released her best-selling book of the same name in 2018. She will release a follow up book in 2020 or 2021 exploring the need for white people to break with white solidarity in order to better support efforts toward racial equality.


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  • Get your copy of White Fragility at Amazon.

"White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium."

"The default of the current system is the reproduction of racial inequality. To continue reproducing racial inequality, the system only needs for white people to be really nice and carry on – to smile at people of color, to go to lunch with them on occasion. To be clear, being nice is generally a better policy than being mean. But niceness does not bring racism to the table and will not keep it on the table when so many of us who are white want it off. Niceness does not break with white solidarity and white silence. In fact, naming racism is often seen as not nice, triggering white fragility."

It has been quite an extraordinary year for me. I've conquered The New York Times bestseller list with my graphic memoir, "They Called Us Enemy." I am currently starring in AMC's hit television show "The Terror: Infamy", which focuses on a series of strange deaths that haunt Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II. And now I present my new podcast, "Oh Myyy Pod!"

Available on all major streaming podcast platforms, the first season of "Oh Myyy Pod!" explores the racially charged viral videos that have taken the Internet by storm. I call it Beckys, Bigots and Bros, Oh Myyy. You'll hear from those involved in the incidents and experts on race relations in America to try to get to the bottom of this phenomenon.

As I learned as a child growing up inside two internment camps, differences in skin color and ethnicity can carve the deepest of divides in America. Today, political leaders again stoke fear based on those divides. America's racially charged underbelly lies exposed once more. And for better or worse, thanks to smartphones and social media, it's on display for all to see every day.

"Oh Myyy Pod!" explores those moments when our fellow citizens' ugliest natures have been captured, made public and gone viral. Discussions and interviews will focus on the motivations of the perpetrators as well as the experiences of their targets and the bystanders who stepped into the fray to make a difference. New episodes will be released each Monday on all major streaming platforms.

Series guests include:

  • Lolade Siyonbola, Yale student who had the police called on her for napping
  • Michelle Saahene and Melissa DePino, witnesses to the viral Starbucks 911 incident who later founded the organization From Privilege to Progress to compel white allies to step up against racial injustice
  • Robin DiAngelo, author of "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism"
  • Dennis Parker, Executive Director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ)

And a score of others.

"Oh Myyy Pod!" is produced by The Social Edge, hosted by me, with co-host Todd Beeton.

We've come a long way since Hikaru Sulu.

Episodes:

  1. George Takei's Oh Myyy Pod! Episode 1: 'Napping While Black'
  2. George Takei's Oh Myyy Pod! Podcast Episode 2: 'White Fragility'
  3. George Takei's Oh Myyy Pod! Podcast Episode 3: 'I Was Guilty of Speaking Spanish'
  4. George Takei's Oh Myyy Pod! Podcast Episode 4: 'When Bystanders Refuse to Stand By'
  5. George Takei's Oh Myyy Pod! Podcast Episode 5: 'To Shame or Not to Shame'

It has been quite an extraordinary year for me. I've conquered the New York Times bestseller list with my graphic memoir, "They Called Us Enemy." I am currently starring in AMC's hit television show, "The Terror: Infamy," which has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. On Monday, August 19th, I will be releasing the premiere episode of my new podcast, "Oh Myyy Pod!"

You can listen to Episode 1: "Napping While Black" here and below.

Available on all major streaming podcast platforms, the first season of "Oh Myyy Pod!" will explore the racially charged viral videos that have taken the internet by storm. I call it Beckys, Bigots and Bros, Oh Myyy. You'll hear from those involved in the incidents and experts on race relations in America to try to get to the bottom of this phenomenon.

As I learned as a child growing up inside two internment camps, differences in skin color and ethnicity can carve the deepest of divides in America. Today, political leaders again stoke fear based on those divides. America's racially charged underbelly lies exposed once more. And for better or worse, thanks to smartphones and social media, it's on display for all to see every day.

"Oh Myyy Pod!" explores those moments when our fellow citizens' ugliest natures have been captured, made public and gone viral. Discussions and interviews will focus on the motivations of the perpetrators as well as the experiences of their targets and the bystanders who stepped into the fray to make a difference. New episodes will be released each Monday on all major streaming platforms.

Series guests include:

  • Lolade Siyonbola, Yale student who had police called on her for napping
  • Michelle Saahene and Melissa DePino, witnesses to the viral Starbucks 911 incident who later founded the organization From Privilege to Progress to compel white allies to step up against racial injustice
  • Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • Dennis Parker, Executive Director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ)

And a score of others.

'Oh Myyy Pod!' is produced by The Social Edge, hosted by me, with co-host Todd Beeton.

To subscribe and never miss an episode, visit https://anchor.fm/ohmyyypod

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First, thank you for tuning in over the past 18 months as my Facebook Watch page has taken shape. Your support always means the world to me.

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