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Episode 4: “Someone just has to listen” with Marshall Thomas – DJ Mars

Episode 4: “Someone just has to listen” with Marshall Thomas – DJ Mars

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DJ Mars helped us launch “Into The Current” around 5-6 weeks ago and a lot has changed since then so we invited him to come back and share his thoughts on social and racial justice, equality, being the father of a young black man in times of crisis, and a lot more. We appreciate Mars sharing his experiences with us, including being a called a n***** for the first time while on his way to a neighborhood swimming pool when he was in the first grade. Mars had some powerful things to say so please listen, thanks. This interview was recorded on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

CONVERSATION FLOW

  • :00 – 1:52  “It seems like we’re going down a darker path today than yesterday”
  • 2:00 – 3:51  The positive things Mars sees in our current situation from Australia to Atlanta
  • 4:30 – 6:13  “I was in first grade the first time someone called me a n*****”
  • 6:35 – 8:34  Mars’ perspective on the differences in northern and southern cultural lines
  • 8: 50 – 10:44  Mars’ experience as a black resident in the city of Atlanta and the different energy in different parts of the City
  • 11:00 – 12:46  “Don’t spend money where you won’t get hired.”
  • 13:00 – 16:00  How a greater sense of humanity and a “mindset of equality” can effect change in our society
  • 16:20 – 18:20  Mars’ thoughts on the importance of local and national elections and voting
  • 19:00 – 20:22  Thoughts on the level of sincerity of corporate public statements and stances on social and racial justice and equality
  • 20:30 – 21:45   “There was nobody of color in that meeting except for me.”
  • 21: 50 – 22:36  “There should be people in the office that reflect the customer you’re trying to sell to”
  • 22:49 – 25:58  How it feels to be the father of a young black man in America right now and advice he’s giving his son
  • 26:25 – 28:00  “Someone just has to listen”
  • 28:11 – 29:37  Where do we go from here?
  • 29:55 – 32:32  “The police just don’t value your life when they have you in their grasp”

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