3 days ago
The Truth About American Racism and Police Brutality with Brandon Tatum
In this episode of The Optimistic American, Paul Johnson sits down with Brandon Tatum to discuss race and police relations in America.
They cover some very controversial issues ranging from race relations, the reality of White privilege, police shootings, and the 1619 Project.
* Paul and Brandon start the conversation by discussing Brandon's early life, his relationship with God, and playing competitive sports.
* Brandon explains what it means to be uncoachable and why you should stop taking things personally.
* Brandon shares why he believes too many Black people have a victim mindset that enslaves them in a "mental plantation."
* According to Paul, the answer to a victim mindset is purpose, and chasing happiness is not sustainable. People should focus on finding meaning. Only then can they find true happiness.
* Paul highlights how the victim triangle is keeping you stuck.
* Brandon shares how he discovered a passion for policing after going on a life-changing ride along.
* Paul and Brandon discuss the disconnect between the police and the general public.
* Both Paul and Brandon discuss their involvement with police, Brandon as a police officer and Paul as Mayor of the 5th largest city in the US.
* Brandon reveals what the data says about police killings and racial bias - and why it's rarely about race when a cop pulls you over.
* Brandon points out that many people raise their children to hate the police and that does damage to the child and to society.
* Brandon and Paul agree that the case of Tyre Nichols was not about race, or even systemic racism, but there are groups of people who want it to be about race because it drives their agenda.
* According to Paul, people are so focused on racism especially as it comes to police departments that it actually harms their ability to fix the real issues. He points to the bigger issue of creating relationships between police and neighbors but that requires resources.
* Brandon explains why we need community policing and how defunding the police will only lead to low-quality policing.
* Brandon goes through the best way to interact with the police and how to act when a cop pulls you over.
* When it comes to police brutality, Paul believes the worst thing you can do is trust the media on the right or left because they rarely have facts on what actually happened, and they profit from sensationalized reporting.
* The police kill about 2 to 4000 people a year. Medical malpractice kills more than 300,000 people annually - but the police are the enemy.
* Brandon reveals that white people are shot twice as much as Black people - but you will never see it in the news.
* Brandon and Paul discuss opposition to The 1619 project because it has bad history. It’s designed to divide people, and most importantly, abandon the foundation of our country based upon the Declaration of Independence. We were also abandoning the importance of believing that all people are created equal.
* For Brandon, it's disgusting that some people profit from us living in fear and hating each other.
* Paul describes the link between agency and finding truth.
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Beaten Black and Blue: Being a Black Cop in an America Under Siege by Brandon Tatum