What’s In It For Us, theGrio’s weekly political podcast hosted by Christina Greer, PhD, welcomes special guest co-host Roy Wood Jr. of The Daily Show.
In today’s episode, both Dr. Greer and Roy Wood Jr. discuss the insidious new election bill that was passed in Georgia that adds a variety of voting restrictions, making casting ballots harder, disproportionately affecting Black Georgians who tend to vote Democratic.
As of March 24th, there have been over 104 mass shootings in America in 2021 alone, according to a database compiled by the Gun Violence Archive. The coronavirus lockdowns that transformed life in the U.S. in the months that followed did little to stop mass shootings—611 took place in 2020 overall, the highest number since the Gun Violence Archive started tracking them in 2014. What does this rise in mass shootings mean for American citizens? Why is it easier to get a gun than it is to vote in America today?
The Derek Chauvin trial is underway and it has been emotionally triggering for many Americans. Last week, jurors heard from 19 people, including several of those who witnessed George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25th, 2020. Many broke down in tears on the stand as they described their attempts to intervene on Floyd’s behalf. Will justice be served or will Black people face disappointment yet again?
With so much going on, we have to stop and take a moment to ask, “What’s In It For Us?”