Tag: Unity

What is the Theory of Racelessness? DTH Episode 127 with Dr. Sheena Mason

What is the Theory of Racelessness?

Have you ever heard of the term racelessness? What if there were no such thing as race, if race as a “thing” did not exist? Would we then be able to conquer racism? It’s not a hard theory to grab a hold of if you try. This week’s guest has developed the Theory of Racelessness

Nothing Good Comes of Hate… DTH Episode 125

Nothing Good Comes of Hate

I’ve made the statement so many times on this podcast, but I’m reminded daily that nothing good comes of hate. There is no greater reminder in my mind than the speech given this past week, and other things said recently by the current President of the United States. For clarification, THE DTH PODCAST IS NOT POLITICAL. I want to make sure that is clear, but Hate is Hate and I’ll point it out when I see it.

People often make the statement, “words matter”. When labels are placed on large groups of people, and then those people are classified as a threat, bad things are bound to happen. Hate, no matter the context, is not healthy. The fact that our current President knows nothing about so many of what he calls “right-wingers” and “ultra-MAGA extremists”, yet boldly spews his hatred for them, made me think of a conversation I recently had with my friend Daryl Davis.

Episode 114: Is Hate Being Taught To Our Children? Group discussion on the book “STAMPED” by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Is hate being taught to our children in the public, and some private schools? A couple months ago my cousin brought to my attention a book that his 8th grade daughter had been assigned for a book review in her NW Iowa school. I was familiar with some of the toxicity that Ibram X. Kendi had been spreading, but I was not aware that his material was being used in our public school system, much less that it was being taught to 8th graders, and even younger.

“Stamped” Racism, Antiracism and You
This was not a book I had read, and I admittedly did not want to spend the money on it, but I didn’t feel it would be right if I discussed it on my show without doing so. In the beginning, authors Ibram X Kendi and Jason Reynolds define in their terms, segregationists, assimilationists, and antiracists. For the remainder of the book, they use their version of revisionist history to attribute every perceived disparity and/or racial inequity since the beginning of time to “white privilege”, segregationist whites, weak black assimilationists, or just the evils of white racism.

Episode 105: Building Unity by Asking The Follow-Up Questions… with Michael Ashford

One of the best ways we can have better, more meaningful and productive conversations is by asking better questions. My guest this week has made an art form out of communicating effectively and asking incredibly insightful and meaningful questions.

Michael Ashford is a former award-winning newspaper reporter, and editor of the Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Ks. His years of journalism experience sharpened his interviewing skills and taught him how important listening and asking follow-up questions is to get the full and real story.

He has transferred that skill set into the podcasting space, now focusing on the power of storytelling. He is still a self-described independent journalist, digging below the surface of cliches and clickbaity headlines to uncover nuance and detail that lives within the most important issues we face these days.

Episode 102: From Left to Libertarian, A Pro-Human Perspective in the Twin Cities… with Dan Garscia

As many of the regular listeners know, I love organizations that are all about bringing people together, promoting unity and community while also recognizing that we are all individuals with our own thoughts and ideas. This is why I truly adore and respect organizations like FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism), Braver Angels and so many others that I have highlighted on the podcast. My friend Rick of Braver Angels recently introduced me Dan Garscia who is a spokesperson for the local Twin Cities chapter of FAIR.

The conversation in this episode was not originally meant to be one for broadcast, but just an introductory conversation between Dan and myself to find out more about FAIR Twin Cities. During the conversation, things were clicking with incredible synergy, so Dan and I decided this would be something of value to the DTH listeners. I have once again found a great collaborator for the Derate the Hate podcast in my new friend Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin Cities. Share this episode with your network, and more importantly, seek out and get involved with local chapters of great organizations like FAIR, Braver Angels and so many others doing great work to bring people together…

Episode 100: What is Color Us United? …with Christian Watson

Christian Watson, my guest this week, is a podcaster, YouTuber, and spokesperson for “Color Us United”. Christian is a profound thinker who’s work both with, and outside of Color Us United, is invaluable in the cause of raising awareness of toxic ideologies, battling harmful woke mob mentalities, building unity and bettering the world in which we live. Join me for this conversation where Christian explains what Color Us United is, what they do, and learn about the value system that drives him to do the work that he does.

Topics & Quotes from Conversation
~ social media and the internet ecosystem
~ “not everyone is consumed by bad ideas”
~ megalomania
~ Woke mobs and virtue signaling
~ CRT and 1619 project
~ “I’m not going to sell my integrity for just a few clicks”
~ “True success does not come from selling yourself to people for their temporary affection”