God Help Us – The White Savior


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Today I’m talking with Aileen, a public defender in the juvenile court system, about troubling beliefs that pervade our country’s criminal justice system. A particular point of interest is how the white savior complex comes into play and fortunately, the current season of the Serial podcast has a great example of this.

In season 3 episode 2, they profile Judge Gaul and his court, and Aileen and I discuss him quite a bit in this episode, so you may want to hop over to Serial and give that episode a listen too.

In this episode, Aileen recommends following the Washington Defender Association and the National Association for Public Defense on Facebook. She also recommends reading Let’s Get Free by Paul Butler, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Subscribe to God Help Us via iTunes or Google Play or stream episodes here. To let me know what you think and suggest future episode topics, send me an email. Thanks for listening, and until next time, God help us.

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