Backtalk: Standing Rock & Murders by Police

This week on Backtalk, Amy and Sarah talk about white supremacy, environmental racism, and state-sanctioned murders by law enforcement. They discuss the different media coverage of the protest at by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land with writer Vivian Underhill, whose piece about the protest, “Fighting for the Future,” centers voices of the movement’s indigenous leaders. And the murders of Terrence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of law enforcement and how it’s imperative that police violence against communities of color is a white people problem. 

On Backtalk, we always share one thing we read, heard, and saw this week. 

SAW: Bitch Media copyeditor and former intern, Jess Kibler, tells us why how Maria Bamford’s new show Lady Dynamite helped Jess through her own depression. 

READ: Sarah is loving the raw and honest memoir, The End of My Career, by Martha Grover. 

HEARD: Need some indie rock twee in your life? Japanese Breakfasts’s new album Psychopomp will do it for you! Amy is loving the track, “Everybody wants to love you.”


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The Standing Rock protest photo featured on this podcast is by Joe Brusky (Creative Commons).
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