On episode 58, we welcome Yolanda Danae’ to discuss the black lives matter movement, the resultant policy changes, the inherent racism in the history and ideology of policing, police reform, and effective strategies for challenging racist beliefs and behaviors, holding others accountable.
Yolanda Danae’ is the Creator of The Sassy Rant, a brand and blog that discusses the real life accounts of a millennial woman on the verge of changing the world.
Based in Newark, New Jersey, The Sassy Rant has become a digital collection of personal survival stories documented by Yolanda, a charismatic twenty-something who’s experiences are real, raw, and relatable. Similar to the conversations held at your weekend powwows, she uses her encounters to share lessons on dating + mental health, the importance of ownership, and encourages readers to shoot their shot on goals + aspirations.
Through hosting her annual Cocktail Conversations events, Yolanda takes on the task of addressing societal misconceptions, as they pertain to men and women of color. In her own words, “We are not what they say we are, but what we know ourselves to be.”
Police ideology holds that the world is full of dangerous criminals who find it acceptable to harm officers, asserting that dominating the populace is the only way of survival. Founded in slavery and racial discord, policing and racism have an intimate history together.
So, in restructuring the system of law enforcement, we ask: how can we also combat racist ideology and deal with the cognitive dissonance, the painful discomfort of facing evidence that contradicts one’s belief that he’s a good person, that prevents the recognition and acceptance of racist behavior?
Watch the full episode below.