Film Actor, Rafael Jordan, joins Josh Miller on-air in New York City in Episode 9 of Uncreative Radio.
In Episode 9, Rafael Jordan and Josh Miller dissect the mental state of the good ‘ole USA following the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio on the weekend of August 6th, 2019.
This most recent stent of mass shootings (isn’t it disturbing that we have become so desensitized to mass murder that we use phrases like ‘the most recent mass shooting’ as if this is standard) 31 people were killed. They were targeted and killed based on their ethnicity. So, let’s call it what it is: domestic terrorism.
This is one of the greatest problems in America… the deception of political categorization. This practice is designed to change the way we think–to use language to lessen the threat of the action or a consequence.
For instance, “Global Warming” was changed to “Climate Change”; “Shell-Shocked” was changed to “Battle Fatigued,” and most recently “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;” “Domestic Terrorism” to “Mass Shooting,” and so on. Not to mention, the political machine has even gone so far as to mispresent our gun crisis, as well as our white nationalist conflict, as a mental disease epidemic.
Scholars say, the pen is mightier than the sword, and they are right. Language is power. Only nowadays it is not being used to liberate communities, deride the wicked or humanize the misrepresented. It is being used to propagate and normalize racism, prejudice, gender inequality, class inequality, and hatred.
It’s funny, though, because when some people hear us talk about racism and prejudice in America, they tune out. We’re sure there will be those who dismiss this episode and instead tune into their regular “safe” programming. It’s human nature to cling to our very own, very special status quo. But if it’s at the expense of someone else (hell, the expense of an entire people) then you need to wake up.
Unfortunately, people tend to argue in defense of their status quo. Not aggressively. Just at-bay, as if their reality depends on it. We listen; we always listen. If we didn’t, then we’d be no better than the narrowminded. But at the end of the day, it’s not white people who fear for their lives at routine traffic stops or shopping trips to Walmart. And it’s not just black people either. Today, the same fears affect the Spanish community. Only their fears are not “will I make it home tonight?” it’s “will I make it home to my kids tonight?”
Society is regressing. Isn’t it obvious? Perhaps too many people desperately arguing in defense of their status quo.
Tune in tomorrow, August 22nd at 6 PM for Episode 9 of Uncreative Radio with guest Rafael Jordan if you’re ready to wake up.
Rafael Jordan is a Film Actor based in New York City. He starred in our most recent film production, Christmas Eve, which premiered December 2018 and is now available on Amazon. For more information on Christmas Eve and for a word from the Director, Joshua Miller, check out our recap on #UNCREATIVE.
Be sure to follow Rafael Jordan on Instagram to see more of his excellent work.
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