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Senator Bill Nelson implores South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag listen

06/22/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Bill Nelson, Confederate flag, Flag, racism, South Carolina, Charleston


Florida Senator Bill Nelson wants South Carolina to remove a Confederate Flag from the state capital. Nelson made the statement on Saturday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa where he was congratulating students accepted to a US military academy.

Symbols of racial subjugation and hatred have become headline news. This comes in the wake of the apparent racially motivated Charleston killings at one of the nation's oldest black churches. The Confederate Flag has been the poster child of what ...

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Tampa vigil for victims of Charleston mass shooting listen

06/22/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Charleston, vigil, Tampa, guns, gun violence, racism


As the nation grieves, people from all walks of life gathered Saturday evening in downtown Tampa to remember the victims of the Charleston shooting.

About 400 miles south of Charleston, the Tampa community came together to show solidarity. More than a hundred people attended the vigil in Gaslight Square Park Saturday evening to remember the 9 lives taken in Charleston. And at twilight, candlelight took over Gaslight.

“Rev. Daniel Simmons… Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor…”

One by one...

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Listeners weigh in on Confederate flags and St. Pete's history of lynching listen

06/22/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Confederate flag, St. Petersburg, Charleston, guns, Race, racism, Lynching, wmnf, WMNF News


On this episode of MidPoint we aired WMNF reporter Samuel Johnson's new report on the history of lynching in St. Petersburg. It's called Historical amnesia about lynching in St. Petersburg: the John Evans plaque. Listeners weighed in on that, on the shooting in Charleston and the Confederate battle flags that fly on the grounds o...

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Dance exploring racism and eroticism (not in the same dance!) at the Florida Dance Festival.

Art In Your Ear
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Tags: dance, florida dance festival, racism


Dance, like poetry, can explore difficult issues in very abstract or very specific ways. Our guests, Jennifer Salk, Doug Gillespie, Shateel Gandhi and Cindy Hennesey discuss the current state of dance funding, audiences, teaching, and then delved into the specific works being presented at The Florida Dance Festival, which opens tonight.

Shateel Gandhi's piece, I was just... started off as an exploration of breath, or not bei...

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Radioactivity airs speech by Princeton professor Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor on racism in post-civil rights era listen

06/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: juneteenth, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, African American, racism, housing, Princeton. WMNF, Rob Lorei


Today is Juneteenth, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the complete emancipation of African American slaves in 1865. We listen to a speech from Alternative Radio by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about the prevailing racism that continues to exist despite the gains made during the civil rights era of the 1960s, including the substandard housing issues many black people face. Keeanga Taylor is the Assistant Professor in the Center of African American Studies at Princeton University. Her rese...

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Uhurus respond to church shooting in Charleston listen

06/18/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: guns, racism, hate crimes, Charleston shooting, Uhurus, Barack Obama

Police say the man suspected of shooting and killing nine people to death inside a historic black church Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina has been arrested. In a speech Thursday President Barack Obama tied this shooting to a history of racism and gun violence in America. For local reaction, WMNF interviewed Gaida Kambon, the secretary general of the African Peoples’ Socialist Party.

more information via AP:

Police say 21-year-old Dylann Roof was arrested today in a car on...

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MidPoint callers weigh in on running from police

05/04/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter, Baltimore, police, racism, law

On Friday, Baltimore State's Attorney announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray; on Monday MidPoint callers weighed in on whether it's legal -- or wise -- to run from police.

During the show I quoted from this Associated Press article:

Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer JULIET LINDERMAN, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) — When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off ...

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Race, weed and social justice listen

04/03/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Race, racism, drugs, Eric Deggans, Ray Kaplan, Eckerd Collge


Discussing race is necessary – it’s not racist. That was the underlying theme by two authors who spoke Thursday night at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg.

After their talk WMNF interviewed NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and USF professor Roy Kaplan about race and racism.

Eric Deggans is the author of “Race-Baiter, How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.” Roy Kaplan wrote “Understanding Conflict and Change in a Multicul...

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Activists demand black control of the police in their neighborhoods listen

12/08/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Race, profiling, police, brutality, Michael Brown, Anthony Holloway, Florida Courier, Eric Garner, Uhuru, racism


In the wake of a series of police killings around the country, Sunday in St. Petersburg community activists held a forum on police violence and institutional racism. The city's new police chief backed out of participating- which didn't sit well with the audience.

The forum was sponsored by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement at their headquarters on 18th Avenue South. About 100 people attended. One of the speakers- Rev. Manuel Sykes Pasto...

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Journalist will warn USF Tampa students about Israeli leaders inciting racist violence listen

10/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Israel, Palestine, racism, violence, USF, Tampa


Political and religious leaders in Israel frequently incite violence toward Palestinians, Africans and other non-Jews; that’s the message of Israeli journalist and filmmaker David Sheen.

Sheen will speak at 6:00 p.m Thursday at the University of South Florida in Tampa in the Marshall Student Center room 2708 about racism in Israel directed at non-Jews, Africans and Palestinians.

Sheen grew up in Toronto has lived in Israel for more than a decade.

Warning: some of the descriptions of...

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