Episode 102 – Potstirrer SCOOPS!: National Deflection

In this episode of Potstirrer SCOOPS!, Jaye focuses on a particular argument politicians and pundits make when countries reckon with past and present incidents of national shame, which is that it is unfair to concentrate on a specific incident or historical record when other countries also have shameful incidents in their pasts. Jaye discusses why – although exploring and comparing past events is intriguing – the argument itself is deflection which silences the marginalized and their advocates. She contends that confronting historical and current realities, no matter how difficult or contentious, have individual and collective benefit that are worth the discomfort.