False Divisions: David Jamison on Race (Episode 60)

David JamisonThis episode’s featured guest is David Jamison, Assistant Professor of History at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL. His doctorate is in African Diaspora history and his dissertation was on slave resistance during the colonial era. His mission is to inspire others to learn about, reanalyze, and deconstruct our ideas about race. The racial categories we’ve been born into believing in have not existed since the beginning of time, but only for about 400 years. Listen in to David’s conversation with Robin Renée about how we have learned to divide ourselves to our own detriment and how we may begin to question racial categories and their assumptions. David Jamison’s approach is as welcoming as his ideas are challenging.

There are two big podcast announcements this week: This episode features the first installment of the new segment, Ikigai, on finding the balance of work, purpose, fulfillment, and financial reward. AND… You can now get extra content, fun swag, and more by supporting The Leftscape on Patreon! In the less fun news of the week, Robin, Wendy Sheridan, and Mary McGinley discuss the Supreme Court’s oral arguments challenging the status of LGBT people as protected by nondiscrimination on the basis of sex. There are also text messages between U.S. diplomats on efforts to have Ukraine investigate the Bidens and Donald Trump’s appeal of an order by a federal judge to hand over the tax returns.

Did you know that it’s Food Bank Week, Freedom of Speech Week, and Save for Retirement Week? Other days to take note of or celebrate include Global Cat Day, Fossil Day, and Take Your Parents to Lunch Day (October 16th), National Edge Day, Pasta Day, and Black Poetry Day (October 17th), National Mammography Day (October 18th), National LGBT Center Awareness Day (October 19th), and Wendy’s Anniversary (October 22nd). Birthday shout outs go to Angela Lansbury, Flea, Ziggy Marley, Zac Efron, Kamala Harris, Snoop Dogg, “Space Mom” Carrie Fisher, and others.

Things to do:

Read “Lynching research volunteers preparing for MOSH exhibit” in The Florida Times-Union

Visit the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, FL for The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America (now through March 1, 2020).

Read What is “Your” Race? by Kenneth Prewitt

Read “What is your Ikigai?” by Marc Winn

Get cool stuff created by Wendy Sheridan on Etsy: wendycardz.

Download music by Robin Renée on CDBaby.

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  2. […] Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was a guest on The Leftscape Episode 60 back in 2019 and returns to talk about The Race Cards, a tool for fostering positive, authentic […]

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