Ep 09 - BLACK LIVES MATTER meets BLACK ROCK CITY at Burning Man | KALW

Ep 09 - BLACK LIVES MATTER meets BLACK ROCK CITY at Burning Man

Sep 3, 2020

One of the principles guiding Burning Man is "Radical Inclusion." Basically, all are welcome. But, the temporary city that Burners build in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert has never been racially diverse. Just 1% of attendees self-identify as Black.

In this episode of THE INTERSECTION at Burning Man, we explore why there's been a disconnect between racial and radical inclusion, and what some Burners, like Oakland artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez, are doing to change that.

"The fact that you could gather 75,000 white people in the desert relatively unpatrolled and engaging with the police is an extreme display of white privilege." - Favianna Rodriguez

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THE INTERSECTION looks at changing cities through physical intersections. This time we’re doing something different: The city is temporary and the intersections are conceptual. We’re going to a remote corner of Nevada for Burning Man. 

THE INTERSECTION is a co-production of David Boyer and KALW.

This episode was edited by Lisa Morehouse. And engineered for your listening pleasure by Gabe Grabin with music from Erik Pearson and Blue Dot Sessions.

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