Backtalk: White Supremacy Kills & DAPL Update

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the horrific attack in Portland by a known white supremacist that left two dead and one injured. They look at the racist history of Portland and Oregon, to see how the “whitest city in America” has a lot of work to do that stands in opposition of it being a progressive bastion. And an update on the militarized strategies that were used on the DAPL clean water protectors, where leaked documents show that the government called for counterterrorism tactics to “defeat pipleline insurgencies.” And in this week’s Petty Political Pminute, we’ve got two words: tiny hands. 

On each episode, we share one thing we saw, read, and heard this week. 

SAW: Dahlia is very excited for the return of Twin Peaks, almost 25 years after its last episode aired, and it’s haunting and surreal murder mystery. Catch up on the first two seasons on Netflix (where Amy thinks you’ll fall in love with the imcomparable Joan Chen). 

READ: The beautiful prose in Aisha Mirza’s belies the seething frustration and anger in her essay, “White Women Drive Me Crazy.” This piece looks at how white women’s fragility impacts and effects women of color.

HEARD: We’ve recommended Tkay Maidza when her EP was released over two years ago. She’s so good we’re excited to share her latest track, “Carry On,” from her debut album, Tkay.

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Amy Lam was a contributing editor and co-host of Backtalk at Bitch Media. Find her at & Twitter / Instagram.

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