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The Porch: One Year Later, How Closer Are We To Racial Justice?

Matt Bush
Blue Ridge Public Radio

One year after the racial justice protests following the police murder of George Floyd, how much closer are we to the goals stated by the marchers in Asheville and Western North Carolina?That's the topic of this episode of The Porch, a production of the BPR news team.  Our guests include -

  • Members of Asheville's Racial Justice Coalition
  • TeLor Allen, who helped organize racial justice marches in Murphy
  • Reporter Joel Burgess of the Asheville Citizen-Times, who discusses the city's response to Black AVL Demands call for a 50% cut to the city's police department budget, with that money then invested in Asheville's Black community.

(The Porch theme song in The Vibes by Audiobinger.  Other music featured in this episode includes A Long Road Travelled by Squire Tuck)

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.