Flashpoint: Institutionalized racism - invisible systems of oppression; man guards Port Richmond

June 14, 2020 - 6:17 pm
This week's panel includes Dr. Charles Gallagher, Erika Almiron, Rev. Mark Tyler, and Stacy Hawkins.

Courtesy of Dr. Charles Gallagher, Erika Almiron, Rev. Mark Tyler, and Stacy Hawkins


This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about institutionalized racism.

Tens of thousands have marched for days across America calling for an end to racial inequality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. In this special edition of the show, guests examine the systemic race-based advantages provided to some Americans linked to the white supremacist founding of the country. 

Can the current systems be reformed? Or is the racism so baked in that dismantling major institutions will be required.

Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church and co-chair of the Board of POWER joins Dr. Charles Gallagher, chair of the sociology and criminology departments at La Salle University, Stacey Hawkins, a professor at Rutgers Law School and an expert in diversity law and Erika Almiron, social justice advocate with Mijente.

Lamont Hudson helped guard businesses in Port Richmond during the civic unrest.
Courtesy of Lamont Hudson
The Patriot Homecare Changemaker of the week is Lamont Hudson, private security agent who helped guard businesses in Port Richmond. In astonishing video captured by NBC10 Philadelphia, Hudson kept looters from taking thousands in merchandise. He discussed the effort and why he says it was a once in a lifetime event.

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