Ben & Jerry’s launches podcast series on systemic racism

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An employee of Ben & Jerry’s scoops ice cream into a cone outside Union Station in Washington on June 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (NewsNation) — Ben & Jerry’s is taking a dive into the podcasting world with their new show “Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism In America.” The six-part series is being produced in partnership with Vox Media and the Who We Are Project.

Ben & Jerry’s described the project in a press release, saying it “will take a deep look at our country’s lesser-known history of racial injustice and show how legally-enforced discrimination and state-sanctioned brutality continued long after slavery ended, profoundly affecting Black Americans’ ability to gain access to jobs, housing, education, and health care, or to create and accumulate wealth.”

Each episode will spend 30 minutes discussing modern-day systemic racism and its connections to a time in American history.

Award-winning podcast host, New York Times best selling author, and New York Times Magazine contributor Carvell Wallace will host “Who We Are.”

Jeffery Robinson, the ACLU’s deputy legal director and director of the ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality, spent nine years conducting research for the presentation that the podcast is based on.

“Economic and social justice has been a part of Ben & Jerry’s mission since our founding 42 years ago,” said Jabari Paul, Ben & Jerry’s U.S. activism manager. “We now sit at a critical inflection point in our nation’s history. If we are to seize the opening that this moment presents, we must be willing to acknowledge the sins of our past so that we move together toward a future of justice and equity.”

In light of the George Floyd protests, Ben & Jerry’s was one of the few major brands to advocate for specific policy reforms, including defunding the police.

This is also not the first podcast linked to Ben & Jerry’s. The co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ben Cohen worked with Nina Turner, the former national co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, on a podcast series about the military industrial complex.

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