KH: "The mission right now has to be restoration, or making solvent, the global majority in America and across the diaspora. Meaning that all of the years of propaganda and colonization and defamation and degradation has to stop and we have to reclaim our time, as Maxine Waters would say."
Today's Guest: Andrea Ritchie
(author of "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color")
Recommended book: "Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present" AR: "Most people don't know that there was slavery in Canada for 200 years."
AR: The Constitution still states that black people are 3/5 of a person. It is amended by the 14th & 15th Amendment. It is still written in the ways that black people are perceived.
Long-rooted Pattern of Perception of Black Women:
AR: Black women were framed as having a psychiatric disability (a mental illness), if they resisted slavery, rape, and having their children stolen from them. Many of them were institutionalized.
AR: "The first insane asylum, if you can call it that, state hospital, for black people was created for black women who were resisting slavery in many different forms."
Violence was justified during slavery by saying that black people were monstrous and deranged and therefore it was okay to torture people, rape them, whip them and destroy their families.
KH: "It's costing us our lives, not just at the hands of police, but in the medical field. We see women, black women in particular, dying in childbirth." They are dying in disproportionate numbers because doctors don't see black women as having the same threshold for pain. If we're in pain, we're somehow stronger to withstand it.
Giving Birth While Black:
AR: "Not only are black women facing substandard medical care when they're going in for prenatal care or delivery, but they're also facing profiling for drug use. So black women are 10 times more likely to be tested for drugs during a prenatal visit or during delivery, than white women." The police will then show up in the delivery room to arrest women for charges, such as 'delivery of drugs to a minor' or 'harm to a fetus'.
According to Dr. Stacey Patton, spanking is from slavery.