Reflections on the tragedy in Buffalo — and white supremacy’s deadly role

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ICYMI: Here’s a roundup of the biggest topics of conversation last week on WURD Radio.

Tragedy in Buffalo: Dr. Timothy Golden, a professor at Walla Walla University, discussed the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, as did Roxanne Jones, former VP at ESPN and current opinion writer for CNN. Wake Up With WURD host Solomon Jones also shared his reflections on the tragedy on the BBC. (Skip to the 26:45 mark to listen to the segment.) Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, founding director for the Center of Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, joined Evening WURDs to discuss efforts in Buffalo after the recent deadly mass shooting. Rodney Grissom, pastor of Emmanuel Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Buffalo, also spoke about how Buffalo residents and politicians are responding.





White Supremacy: Alex Barrio, director of advocacy for the gun violence prevention team at the Center for American Progress, discussed the deadly combination of white supremacist ideology and access to weapons with regard to the Buffalo tragedy. Matt Gertz, senior fellow at Media Matters, also shared observations on how Fox has given Tucker Carlson the green light to promote white nationalist talking points.



Replacement Theory: Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of the School of Public Affairs and Education at American University, discussed replacement theory and its global spread. 


Signs of Stroke: Board-certified physicians Dr. Delana Wardlaw and Dr. Elana McDonald joined Wake Up With WURD to talk about the signs of a stroke, following Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s disclosure that he had a stroke. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/wake-up-with-wurd-51722-dr-delana-wardlaw-and-dr-elana-mcdonald 

Brown v. Board of Education: Dr. Sonya Whitaker is national education policy director for Push for Excellence, the education arm of the Rainbow Push Coalition. She discussed a town hall the coalition is having on the landmark ruling 68 years ago.


WURD’s Equity Live Event: Jack Lynch, Rev. Donald Moore and Shelly Buck joined The Source to talk about the effects of systemic racism within the medical field and overall. Kathy Desmond and Loretta Sweet Jemmott discussed the disparity in health equity among Philadelphians, and Shonalie Roberts and Kinnari Chiandriani, M.D., talked about programs they offer to help build better equity within the medical field in Philadelphia.




Business: Melissa Arpino discussed her Stripped Beauty skin care line and offered tips on what people need to do during the summer to avoid having dead and dry skin. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/crosswurdz-51822-melissa-arpino 

Entertainment: Ty Scott joined CrossWURDz to discuss his career as a professional dancer. https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/crosswurdz-51622-ty-scott 

Black Twitter Roundtable: WURD hosted a special live discussion moderated by Brother Shomari on the future of Black Twitter, in conjunction with Philly Tech Week. Panelists included King Williams, managing editor of The Plug, Nicodemus Madehdou, CEO of JumpButton Studios, and Mutale Nkonde, founder and CEO of AI For The People. 



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