2 Years Later: Have Black Lives Changed?
Dr. Phil devotes his platform to analyzing how life has changed for Black Americans in the almost two years since the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and the subsequent widespread Black Lives Matter protests demanding racial equality.
Dr. Phil meets professor Dr. Shaun Harper from USC, who says that while he remains an optimist, he claims to have not seen nearly enough effective change in society to start the process of creating equality and justice between Black and white Americans. Former BLM activist Rashad Turner says he quit the movement because, according to him, they did not prioritize education for Black children.
Dr. Phil also meets the President of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Lydia Pope, who says Black people still don’t have equity in lending or in many other areas that govern us. Then, anti-racist attorney Natasha Scruggs joins the conversation and says Black communities are fighting on a daily basis to achieve equality and a better life for their children.
Plus, white ally Allison Mahaley joins the conversation with what she believes white people should understand. Watch while Rashad and Natasha engage in a spirited conversation about what needs to change in the Black community for equity to be realized. And, Dr. Phil visits a Black-owned, Black-run restaurant in South Los Angeles, Alta Adams, to break bread with owner and chef Keith Corbin, who says being a Black business owner is as challenging as it is rewarding.
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"Someone actually gave me an opportunity. They saw the value in me!”- Keith Corbin
“Juneteenth has become a Federal holiday, but critics have called this, and other changes performative, and superficial which brings us to this question… It is now two years later and exactly what has changed for the average, Black American.” - Dr. Phil
“We all want the opportunity to exercise that right to vote. But the question that always comes up in my community is, do we see those votes translate to Black lives actually improving?”- Dr. Harper
“This is about unconscious bias. So anti-Black bias is so predominant in our country.” - Allison Mahaley
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Corporations say they support Black Lives Matter. Their employees doubt them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/06/16/corporations-say-they-support-black-lives-matter-their-employees-doubt-them/
Race In The Workplace Join Shaun Harper, one of the world’s leading racial equity experts, and Zoom’s Chief Diversity Officer Damien Hooper-Campbell, for a multi-part series focused on practical approaches to improving and advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizations. https://time.com/race-in-the-workplace/
AVG. AMERICAN’S GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT RACISM (2020)
60% say racism ‘big problem in US’ (49% in 2015)
19%: racism most imp. problem in country (highest figure since 1968, 20%)
51%: the way racial minorities treated in criminal justice system ‘very big problem’ (44% in 2018)
42%: Black ppl treated less fairly than whites when seeking med treatment (33% in 2019)
60%: new civil rights laws needed to reduce discrimination against Black Americans
Source: Commonwealth Fund/New York Times/Harvard T.H.
Chan School of Public Health
WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE GEORGE FLOYD’S MURDER 2020- 2021:
Over 240 proposed police reform bills including:
4 states limiting officer immunity
5 states restricting ‘No-Knock’ warrants
10 states mandating body cams
16 states restricting neck restraints
Corporations pledged over $49B to address racial inequality
1/4/21: Bill ‘H.R.40’ introduced to examine slavery & discrimination in US from 1619 to present & recommend appropriate remedies/reparations.
4/25/21: Oscars: 6 Black winners (highest ever number)
6/9/21: ‘Juneteenth’ made federal holiday to commemorate end of slavery in US
Source: congress.gov ; National Conference of State Legislatures VOTER SUPPRESSION METHODS IN BLACK COMMUNITIES
Voter registration restrictions
Criminalization of the ballot box
Redistricting & gerrymandering
36 states have identification requirements at the polls.
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·Keith Corbin grew up in Watts, California, in the housing projects. He felt brainwashed into thinking that the life of crime was the only way to survive. He eventually ended up in prison, and while there, he had time to think about what he wanted for his life. After being released, he worked for a restaurant, doing what he loves cooking. After years of proving himself, he was given an opportunity to open Alta West with the help of a visionary who saw his talent beyond his rap sheet.
Corbin gives people the same opportunities he was given. He provides professional jobs and opportunities to
Located in Los Angeles’ historic West Adams neighborhood, Alta Adams is designed to be an inclusive setting, serving comforting food and great cocktails in a lively setting. Alta Adams’ culinary vision is led by chefs Keith Corbin and Daniel Patterson. They met during the opening of the original LocoL in Watts and worked together for four years, both at LocoL and then later at Alta Group restaurants in the Bay Area. With the opening of Alta Adams, Corbin returned to Los Angeles, introducing his distinct interpretation of soul food that draws the connection between traditional West African food and California cuisine. The menu they created together fuses the Southern flavors and dishes Corbin grew up eating and preparing alongside his grandmother with a vibrant aesthetic and produce-driven approach. Offerings include black eye pea fritters, a candied yam gratin with spiced pecans, and braised oxtails — each composed to encourage sharing. The bar program features cocktails, wine and beer with an emphasis on California producers and local ingredients. Alta Adams is dedicated to cultivating an equitable environment that celebrates inclusivity and empowers rising culinary talent, while serving delicious food that brings communities together.