June 12, 2020

2. Benny's Life Matters

2. Benny's Life Matters

Far Beyond the Stars, George Floyd & American racial politics

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, a Minnesotan police officer named Derek Chauvin arrested George Floyd, a 46 year old black man who was carrying a counterfeit twenty dollar bill,...

Far Beyond the Stars, George Floyd & American racial politics Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, a Minnesotan police officer named Derek Chauvin arrested George Floyd, a 46 year old black man who was carrying a counterfeit twenty dollar bill, kneeling on his head long enough to cause injuries so severe Mr Floyd later died in hospital. After a viral video of the incident, showing George declaring "I can't breathe!" spread across the world, protests led by the Black Lives Matter organisation spread like wildfire across not just the US but the Western world, prompting brutal clashes with the police and the kind of civil unrest not seen since the Martin Luther King. Jr led civil rights movement of the late 1960's. In an episode recorded amidst the protests, host Tony Black invites on guest David Majors, host of the Promenade Merchants podcast and a black American man, to get his perspective on what is happening to America right now in relation to Deep Space Nine's classic 1998 Season Six episode 'Far Beyond the Stars', which sees Avery Brooks play Benny Russell, a science-fiction writer in 1950's New York who dreams of a better future. The simple question they ask is... how can we still live in a society where police brutality against black people exists? How does Far Beyond the Stars still carry weight and impact 20 years on? And how can Star Trek help us in these dark times imagine a future without racial fault lines and ingrained prejudice? Host / Editor Tony Black Guest David Majors Information/education: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10iIz_pFB8DzPkwddc8dcmJdJ0ZMITfTs7lvs4uyusZk/mobilebasic Ways to support: https://www.adhoc.fm/post/black-lives-matter-resources-and-funds/ wemadetreks.com / Twitter: @wemadetreks Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wemadetreks Facebook listeners group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/187757018496597/ wemadethispod.com Twitter: @wemadethispod Promenade Merchants podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/promenade-merchants-a-star-trek-podcast/id1502165777