Citizen Radio spends the hour with comedian W. Kamau Bell (http://www.wkamaubell.com/ ), who is called the “most important guy doing comedy…He’s going to be a legend in his own lifetime like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce,” by Margaret Cho.
Kamau’s solo show “The W. Kamau Bell Curve” is playing at the Solonova Arts Festival (PS 122, 150 1st Ave @ 9th St) May 20 (9PM) and May 22 (4PM). He will also be the featured comic at Citizen Radio Live! May 24t” Get tickets here: http://www.terranovacollective.org.
Topics of discussion include some big Supreme Court decisions, including rulings that state teenagers may not be imprisoned for life without parole if they haven’t killed anyone, and in a separate ruling, federal government can continue to jail sex offenders even after their prison terms have ended if they’re deemed to be “sexually dangerous.” Allison asks, what’s the point of sentencing terms if they can be arbitrarily thrown out?
Additionally, America’s obsession with sex offenders –and treating even alleged sex offenders as condemned criminals – and an unending quest for total safety have resulted in a factory court system where the accused are immediately condemned via media witch hunt. Just because the media, or the government, accuse a person of being guilty of a crime doesn’t mean the accused is actually guilty. That’s why trials exist.
Next, the ridiculous circus surrounding the new Miss USA, Rima Fakih, a Lebanese-American. The Right has hijacked the story, accusing Fakih of being an affirmative action pick, and also accusing Fakih of having ties to Hezbollah.
Police gunned down Aiyana Jones, a 7-year-old Detroit girl, in her own home during a botched raid. Now, the attorney for the family is saying there is video evidence contradicting the police’s official story. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100517/ap_on_re_us/us_police_search_girl_killed) There is a clear racial bias in the media where stories about botched drug raids like in Missouri (http://trueslant.com/allisonkilkenny/2010/05/06/disturbing-video-of-swat-raid-on-missouri-family/ ) are covered extensively, while stories like the Detroit raid are seen as inevitable by product of living in the ghetto.