Jonathan May returns to the Q after a long absence. And a perfect time for the return since Gary Weed, our friend, decides to trot out the White Privilege discussion now that we have a multi-cultural panel to discuss the topic in depth.
Mark starts out by asking Jonathan to explain the definition of white privilege so that he can set a baseline to see how things fall in line with the definition. But alas, Jonathan doesn't have a definition he has the common argument of "It just is that way and because you are the one doing it, you don't realize what it looks like".
At this point Mark starts to discuss how there are equally as egregious things that happen to other cultures including white people. Mark then decides to hone down on privilege in general. Can a white person who sees a rich person (no matter their race or religion) hold that wealth against them and use it as an argument to complain about the privilege of others. This doesn't go over well with Jonathan....find out why and see the fall out.
Finally the guys do talk about our friend Don Trump and his need to keep the government shut down while stomping his feet like a child. Well the shutdown lead to an amazing White House Dinner for the Clemson Football team, served with "Hamberders" and fast food. Plus the guys touch on R. Kelly and the latest from Soulja Boy! All this and much more on the newest Q!
Oh it's been an amazing week and it just keeps getting better people. First up Producer Bobby is the co-host this week and we start off discussing Black Lives Matter and specifically the fact that there is this push to get people within the movement to stop saying "White Privilege" and start saying "White Supremacy". Mark and Bobby feel this is change in the narrative for a purpose. Why...Mark explains in the show.
Next Kim Jong Un is evidently not "respecting US like he should". Trump recently tweeted out that North Korea (NK) backed down from us because they respect & are scared of our power. Then they went dropped a hydrogen bomb to test it and BOOM...it worked great. So they are currently threatening the USA and Trump is mad that China is not making NK bend to their power. So Trump has the USA on the brink of Going to Nuclear War and there is nothing to do but listen to the Q.
Oh it is a good week according to White Nationalist Trump supporters. They came out in droves to the university of Virginia in Charlottesville. All because a Civil War monument was being removed from the school grounds. KKK, Skinheads, Nazi sympathizers and White Nationalist (aka ALT-Right) descended on the school grounds the night before and were dressed like yuppie college kids carrying Tiki Torches. All because they can't reserve their racism and bigotry anymore. They are out and they are quite proud. But then someone drove a car into a crowd and killed a person along with two cops that also died. Jason Kull and Producer Bobby sit in to discuss all the events.
Then we switch gears to World War 3 and the potential for it ignite with President Trump in a war of words and nuclear showing off with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. KJU has threatened to destroy the island of Guam and is basically throwing a middle finger to the world. Should we accept the invite and level their country or do we sit back and wait for what will happen. The guys discuss at length the nuclear threats and this whole situation.
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Producer Bobby is back and chocked full of NFL talk since the SuperBowl just happened. But lets not get ahead of ourselves.
First up is Phillip Andrew Morton, the director of Spanish Lake, a documentary on Netflix about White flight and re-zoning in a blighted area of St. Louis County that used to be a typical area for people to raise their families in. But after the Pruett-Igoe housing projects was closed, those people that were displaced found themsleves in Spanish Lake, MO and the dichotomy of area changed. Some say for the worse. Crime increased and Real Estate agents came in to make money off fear. All of this as well as how Ferguson changed the view/or didn't, is discussed between Mark and Mr. Morton.
Then its back to the old grind with Bobby coming in to discuss some antics and decisions by Super Bowl players prior to the big game. Also, Mark breaks down a list of the Best Oscar winners and who should have won those years instead! It's a solid epsiode of the Q and there is much much more beyond what you see here. Enjoy
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So the year of 2015 starts off on a sobering note. Stuart Scott, the great sportsanchor of ESPN, passes away from cancer at the age of 49. So Andy Echele jumps onto the show to discuss this. The guys discuss what Stuart Scott meant to them and how the world of ESPN styled sportscasting goes. Including Andy breaking out his old school phrase he used for Combat Showcase.
Next Mark goes on one of his famous rants about Walmart and the inability of our society to learn from simple things and act accordingly. Evidently they don't ptu enough energy drinks of a certain style in the local Walmart cooler cases and this sends Mark on a tirade about the cooler cases and other places/situations that no one thinks about until after the fact.
Finally the crew gets into a discussion about how Mark is noticing more people since the Ferguson riots complaining about "White Privilege" and what it means to three white people who could potentially be accused of it at moments notice. Also, Mark discusses his some of his stereotype pet peeves and who should, or shouldn't, be allowed to do certain things. This brings out everyone throwing their issues about many people out in the open. So sit back, turn on the laptop, bring up your spreadsheet and listen to the newest epsisode of The Q.