Re: Is Black Lives Matter movement based in fact? Sam Harris podcast . . .
The title of this thread doesn't really summarize the podcast very well. Harris is very careful to say that George Floyd's death and others are horrific events and that reform of police departments is definitely a priority. He never says that the BLM movement isn't justified, only that there are some highly irrational aspects. For example, the move to defund the police is highly irrational and the looting and violence only diminishes the possibilities for meaningful change. He says there's definitely systemic racism in our country and provides several examples of it. But if I understand Harris correctly, as far police arrests and shootings, the data doesn't really point to racism. We have a lot of cops who simply aren't adequately trained for the job. Video clips of police brutality against blacks are highly publicized, but don't represent the norm. Above all, the picture of race is complicated.
These are only a few of Harris' points. The podcast is more than 90 minutes long and well worth the time, in my opinion. Harris is really an exceptional speaker.