The Majority Report with Sam Seder

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Juliet Hooker, professor of political science at Brown University, to discuss her recent book Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics Of Loss. Then, she speaks with Zachary Foster, proprietor of the website Palestine Nexus, to discuss the events on the ground in Israel and Gaza. First, Emma runs through updates on the UAW’s endorsement of Joe Biden, Israel’s siege on Gaza, the ICJ’s impending decision on Israel’s genocide, Senate and House politics, GOP fascism, and an Argentinian general strike, before parsing through Greg Abbott’s standoff with the US government, Joe Biden, and the Supreme Court over border control, and Joe Biden’s incredible willingness to capitulate. Julie Hooker then joins, diving right into her discussion of grief and grievance, and what distinguishes the pain and loss suffered under oppression, from the self-victimization and feelings of loss felt by the oppressor as equality, using moments like January 6th and the Black Lives Matter movement to contextualize this within US politics, and to highlight the grave danger to democracy that is White grievance. Next, Professor Hooker steps back and explores how Black people – largely women – are the ones forced to defend against the threat of White grievance to democracy, such as the fights for enfranchisement, student loan relief, and more. Zachary Foster then dives into his work at Palestine Nexus, and the central importance of preserving Palestinian history and culture in a world that is constantly seeking to silence and destroy it. Next, Foster steps back and walks Emma through the evolution of Palestinian identity, with documents both within the Arab world and the West referring to the Palestinian people and land as such beginning in the late 19th Century, well before the establishment of Israel, and solidly as a pre-Zionist identity. Foster and Emma then walk through the evolution of the Zionist project and its impact on the Palestinian people, with a minimal presence through the turn of the century and into the 1900s, only for the end of the British mandate and the rise of Hitler in Germany to fast track the self-proclaimed settler-colonial project. Expanding on this, Foster tackles the influence of European nationalism (and the exclusion of Jews from this process) on both forcing Zionist emigration from Europe and inspiring the settler-colonial tactics that followed, seeing the ethnic cleansing of some 750k Palestinians at the onset of the Nakba in 1948, and continuing throughout the next few years, before looking to the 1967 war, and Israel’s resulting occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights. After summarizing the ongoing occupation as a 56-year process of expulsion, land confiscation, destruction of infrastructure, and active disenfranchisement, Zachary and Emma wrap up the interview by looking at South Africa’s ICJ case against Israel, and the Zionist project’s absurdly narrow attempt to redefine genocide.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton as they parse through Elon Musk and Ben Shapiro’s presentation on the importance of Twitter in fighting AGAINST (?!?!) antisemitism, Elon’s added Mr. Beast conspiracy, and talk with Jacob from Flint about the emergence of Gretchen Whitmer. Stephen from Alabama does some media critique, and the MR Crew discusses the radical evolution of Greta Thunberg and the UAW’s endorsement of Joe Biden, plus, your calls and IMs!

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