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Episode 3: A Home and a Country

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Black bodies have always been on the line in America, whether on the auction block or in a parking lot in Minneapolis. American law has enshrined the state’s ability to enact violence with almost total impunity. And, going back to as far as the Colonial Marines in 1808, reclaiming one’s body from this system has required fearless acts of rebellion. In this episode, Carvell and Jeffery trace the evolution of slave patrols into modern policing, exploring the consequences of that origin story with activist and lead of Black Visions Collective Miski Noor and Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, an historian of Black resistance and rebellion in the US. Collectively, they make the case that protest is vital to American progress and racial justice — and that we must keep taking to the streets.

The third verse of The Star-Spangled Banner was performed and arranged by Sandra Lawson-Ndu.

Additional Resources:

  • US Constitution, Article 4: Section 2. Signed in convention September 17, 1787. Ratified June 21, 1788. (A portion of Article IV, Section 2, was changed by the 13th Amendment)