Top 5 White People Worth Interrupting Black History Month For


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Ordinarily I enjoy the plethora of Black History Month programming, but this year I haven’t seen much around, even on PBS. Is our new president somehow to blame for this?

Anyway, I used to get upset wen I would see programs about all kinds of other folks during February and I’ve done my best to balance the lack of Black programming out this year. Here we are on the tail end of this month but I’m going to go ahead an interrupt it for these 5 white folks that I think are worth listening to anytime of year in no particular order.

JAMIE OLIVER

Jamie’s wish: Teach every child about food


I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity”.

I knew when I saw this dude on his show The Naked Chef he was going places. This young husband and father seemed so enthusiastic and devoted to good food. You can tell his heart is really in it. He’s been crusading for better food for kids in school for years and now he’s an esteemed TED Convention winner. Congrats to Jamie Oliver!

Check out his acceptance speech above.

jamieoliver.com

MICHAEL POLLAN

Omnivore’s Dilemma Author Michael Pollan’s New Advice on Buying Food: “Don’t Buy Any Food You’ve Ever Seen Advertised”


And, you know, the fact that you can walk into a fast-food outlet and get, you know, a bacon double cheeseburger, french fries, soda for less than the what you would get paid at the minimum wage, in the long sweep of human history, that’s an amazing achievement. The problem is, though, we’ve learned that overabundant, too cheap food can be as much a problem as too little food.

I’ve written about this best selling author a few times HERE

michaelpollan.com

TIM WISE

Tim Wise: On White Privilege (Clip)


The fact that everyone is entitled to their opinion leads millions to believe that their opinions are actually just as valuable as anyone else’s, no matter the yawning chasm between their own expertise on a topic and that of someone else.

Thus, we end up with Glenn Beck helping to shape public opinion: a guy who readily admits his lack of education, but whose views we are supposed to take seriously anyway.

Or Sarah Palin, whose sub-mediocre academic record is viewed as a badge of honor by conservatives who consider those with substantial academic accomplishments to be elitist snobs.”

Remember that episode of Boondocks where Huey’s white teacher put him in charge of the Christmas play. In that episode Huey tells his teacher if he allowed to express his pro Black vision the teacher will get in trouble for being a bad white person. When I hear Tim Wise speak I know he’s going to get in trouble for being a bad white person. What’s great is that he likes to talk about white privilege, any said trouble he would get in trouble for being a bad white person and why that trouble exists.

An incredibly honest voice on race in the US. Check out his thoughts on the Van Jones controversy.
The Afrikaner Party Draws First Blood: Van Jones, Barack Obama and the Audacity of Capitulation
timwise.org

AMY GOODMAN

Democracy Now! coverage: Healthcare Summit Ends in Deadlock; Single-Payer Advocates Excluded


I think the way the media works is they show the spectrum of opinion between the Democrats and the Republicans in Washington. Often that is very narrow. But the fact is, the majority of Americans fall outside of that opinion.”

Ok, so she considers herself a secular Jew, but I still wanted her in this list. She’s Harvard grad, a bonifide human rights activist, an independent media champion and a top knotch investigative journalist with a video of her getting arrested to prove it. She’s the co-host of Democracy Now!, a daily TV/radio news program, along with Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 800 stations, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the U.S.

democracynow.org

JOEL MAKOWER

Joel Makower talks about the role of consumers


Green consumerism, it seems, was one of those well-intended passing fancies, testament to Americans’ never-ending quest for simple, quick, and efficient solutions to complex problems.”

This bestselling author is all about the business, that is he focuses on solutions for businesses that are environmentally sound. The fact is in many cases being eco-conscious does not mean costs or price need to go up. In fact there are plenty of cases where costs can go down for businesses.

makower.com

Are there any important voices you would like to see on this list?

UPDATE:
Honorable Mention goes to:
Bill Moyers for upholding journalism’s standards pbs.org
Howard Zinn for bothering to tell the people’s history howardzinn.org
Rick Steves for this article alone: No Aid to Haiti

Thanks to all listed above for telling the truth…

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