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Facing Our Fears – What’s Real & What’s Imagined?

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It’s easy to be fearful in the world today. But how much of our fear is based on things that are not actual threats?  Today, 3 takes.  One says fear is unequally distributed in the U.S.- onto people of color. Another guest says, in general there’s less to be afraid of than we’re led to believe. And our other guest says, we’re misdirecting our fear when it comes to the major threats
to our national security.

Janet Napolitano was secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. In her book is How Safe Are We? Homeland Security Since 9/11 she argues that we need to focus our attention and resources on actual threats to the United States.

Barry Glassner is a sociologist and the author of Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things. He also hosts the podcast “Fear Not” with comedian Alonzo Boldin. He tells producer Megan Kamerick that Americans are living in one of the safest periods in human history. Yet unfounded fears abound.

Actual fear often falls heavily on communities of color when white people call police. Starbucks employees in Philadelphia called police on two black men waiting for a colleague. A woman visiting Colorado State University called campus police when two Native American students joined her tour group. A white student called when she saw a black graduate student asleep in their dorm’s common room at Yale University. Reggie Jackson is a senior columnist with the Milwaukee Independent. He’s also co-owner of Nurturing Diversity Partners. Jackson wrote a column about some of these incidents and says such actions have serious consequences.

Megan Kamerick reports with Paul Ingles.