‘In Real Life’ Ep. 6: Angie Martinez & Miss Info Combat Their Depression
To borrow a project title from Vic Mensa, there’s alot going on. After a white nationalist rally took place in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend, in which a car crash left one dead and 19 injured combined with the headline-grabbing antics from President Donald Trump, it’s hard not to feel depressed about the state of the world these days.
For episode 6 of In Real Life, hosts Miss Info and Angie Martinez delve into those feelings of despair and debate whether giving nationalists and racists a platform is harmful to society.
“I’m not saying we shouldn’t talk to conservatives or Republicans or right-winged people, but talking to racists and giving racists a platform, and overhyping, over-showcasing and over-discussing [them], I don’t see the good in that,” says Martinez.
“Do you believe that you could ever talk somebody into understanding another way of life?,” asks Info, who later poses another other valid question, “In order to not let them get their message out and recruit other people, do we also run the risk of not being able to talk to people who are in the middle?”
Info then offers a call-to-action about holding people with radical views accountable and at the very least, hearing them out. ”Talk to the person that you know that’s intolerant, find those people, talk to them, hear them out, see whether you can switch them, open their eyes,” she says.
Martinez and Info then speak the gospel about the importance of finding your happiness. ”You need vacations,” says Martinez, fresh off a vacation to Hawaii. “There’s so much going on in the world. You can stress about something even if Donald Trump wasn’t crazy, even if there weren’t lunatic white supremacists running around, and even if there wasn’t a crazy man in Korea trying to bomb everybody, there’s something, there’s the girl at your job who wants you fired, there’s always something to stress you out so you have to find some happy and some peace and some downtime otherwise you go crazy.”
Martinez also gives Miss Info the “Iyanla crown” for bringing this gem to the table: “I think a lot of people who are racist, or unhappy, or hateful, maybe they went through horrible things in their lives and took it out on society and there’s always hope that you can pull somebody back, and make them evolve.”
Other topics of discussion on the pod include Martinez confronting Info about her texting habits, MC Lyte getting married and Cardi B living in her truth.
Listen to the full episode below.
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