09: Why This Time is Different for the Black Lives Matter Movement with Aaron Maybin

In this episode, Aaron Maybin joins the show. Aaron is an activist and artist working in the community he grew up in since retiring from his pro football career in the NFL and Canadian Football League. Torrey and Aaron discuss Aaron’s art, activism, and the difference in the movement after George Floyd’s death:

  • Making real change in the community post-COVID-19 (1:30)
  • How Torrey and Aaron talk about George Floyd & racism with their children (6:14) 
  • When Aaron had guns pulled on him by police (13:30)
  • How the involvement of youth has made this time feels different (19:30) 
  • The difference between the uprising in 2015 and now (25:24)
  • Why voting is critical to real change & how to educate yourself (30:00)
  • How white people can have a positive impact (36:30) 
  • Why Drew Brees’ comments were hurtful (46:00)
  • How we can challenge ourselves to innovate and problem-solve (55:00)

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