On this episode, the LMC speaks with Pamela Cunningham about how the Black Lives Matter movement deconstructs the myth of Costa Rica as the “Switzerland” of Latin America and how it forces Costa Rica to re-examine important figures in its history. Pamela Cunningham is an Afro Costa Rican activist and co-founder of Costa Rica Afro.
In a country where the president is an open fascist and the police murder nearly seven times more people per capita than the United States; to say that police murders of Black people is a pandemic is almost an understatement. To shed some more light on this issue the LMC speaks with Kiratiana Freelon, a freelance journalist based in Brazil.
On this Juneteenth 2020, the LMC spends the hour with Dr Fred McGhee on the importance of Juneteenth in Texas and what it still teaches us about racial tensions we see today. Fred McGhee is an archaeologist and urban and environmental anthropologist. He is a leading scholar-activist of the African Diaspora in the United States and a Texas based advocate and activist, particularly on affordable housing, education, community policing, and environmental justice issues.