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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

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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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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

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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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Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts talks race and the media, and we discuss the Republican letter to Iran

03/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Byron Pitts, Nightline, ABC, Ferguson, Race, Media, Poynter Institute, Iran, Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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With the most recent flair of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Race continues to be the topic of national conversation. We speak with Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts on the media's coverage of race-related issues. Pitts will be speaking on the topic on Friday at the Poynter institute at 7:30 pm. He had a brief stint in Tampa as a reporter for WFLA-TV in the late 80's.He later worked for CBS for 15 years, becoming the lead correspondent for CBS following his coverage of the 9/11 attacks bef...

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Author Ian Haney Lopez explains racial codewords and "dog-whistle" politics

03/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Race, politics, dog whistle politics, Ian Haney Lopez, George Wallace, welfare, immigration, terrorism, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Rob Lorei, wmnf

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In the past, politicians that opposed equal rights for minorities used to be able to express that sentiment frankly. But as open racism has fallen out of fashion, many politicians have turned to coded language that stokes racial anxiety amongst their constituency. Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, explains that racism survives in today's politics through racialized ...

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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

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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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Ferguson solidarity rally planned for Friday in Tampa listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Uhurus, St. Pete, Raices en Tampa, Eric Gardner, Race, police

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update: The rally is in Gaslight Square*

There have been several small protests around the Tampa Bay area since a grand jury in Missouri announced it would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown; now, several groups are coming together for one major rally in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning WMNF interviewed Alekos Zambrano with Raices en Tampa, one of t...

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Ferguson solidarity rally in St. Pete to end police violence and militarization listen

09/02/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Race, marijuana, Ferguson, police, police militarization, ACLU, police violence, Michael Brown, rally, arrests, St. Petersburg

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Some citizens of St. Petersburg are outraged the at the militarization of the city's police and systemic racial inequality. They gathered in peaceful rally Saturday to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters' contempt for police injustice isn't a question of better police public relations; it goes much deeper.

Issues like ethnic injustice and inequality have reverberated around the country following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. So...

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Tampa celebrates Civil Rights Act anniversary listen

07/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: civil rights, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Lyndon Johnson, Race, discrimination

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It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Officials from Hillsborough County and Tampa along with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took a trip down memory lane during an anniversary celebration today. Delano Stewart was the first black public defender in Hillsborough County.

“It was monumental legislation, but we cannot go to sleep. If we go to sleep there is a Tea Party. I listen to the Republican Party saying they want to d...

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FL Democrats take issue with bill banning insurance "discrimination" against gun owners that's heading to governor's desk listen

04/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: guns, Florida Legislature, Race, discrimination, NRA

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The Florida House has passed a bill preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people who own guns. But several Democrats, like Clovis Watson, Jr. from Gainesville, took issue with using the word “discrimination.”

"As a gun owner, as someone who believes in the 2nd Amendment, as someone who's a descendant of slaves, it concerns me with the word 'discrimination' when we're speaking of firearms. As someone who owns a firearm and who believes in the 2nd Amendment. And when yo...

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Panel discussion on race and media issues in Martin-Zimmerman case listen

08/09/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The implications of the Zimmerman trial and the subsequent nationwide discussion about racism was the topic of a community forum held at USF’s Patel Center Thursday evening. A group of lawyers, journalists and a representative from the NAACP mulled over legal details of the case before answering questions from the 100 member audience.

Jenise Morgan is president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists which organized the forum along with the [George Edgecomb...

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