Brittany Packnett Cunningham

“White supremacy is not a mystery. To act like we don’t know what it looks like when it rams the door of a federal building is not only asinine; it’s dangerous. It leaves space for people to be surprised about tales that are hundreds of years old. We have to tell the truth of what happened, and to do our best to make sure that nobody ever forgets it.” –Brittany Packnett Cunningham, episode 209 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

This week one year ago, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election. For some perspective on the other side of this moment, we return to our episode with activist and educator Brittany Packnett Cunningham.

We unpack the aftermath of the riots (6:46) before discussing her entry point into activism (11:00), unlearning perfectionism (19:38), grappling with imperfect allies (27:24), the consequences of using your voice (30:45), the enduring legacy of Toni Morrison (41:23), taking action under a Biden-Harris administration (46:03), rejecting objectification online (51:18), and, finally, how she keeps going (53:10).


Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.

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