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Be A Better White Ally | Local Black Comedian

A protester holds up a cardboard sign that reads, "Justice For Black Lives," and lists the names Ahmaud, George, Breonna, Terrence, Renisha, Philando, Trayvon and Eric.
Logan Weaver
These are intense times and many white people don’t know what to do and how to help. We heard tips for being a good white ally, without overstepping.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:20: Two local activists talk about white allyship.

As Kansas City deals with nightly protests over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died last week at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, many white folks are wondering what they can do to help. Today, two activists gave advice on how interested white people can be better allies.

Segment 2, beginning at 41:50: The difficulty of comedy in the midst of serious times
Ameerah Sanders is a young black female comic in Kansas City. Her jokes are based on things that happen to her in real life, which includes racism, even though she doesn’t explicitly try and make jokes about it.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Michelle is a reporter covering race, identity and culture and is an assistant talk show producer.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann and People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.