The Briefcase: Hurricane Harvey, Accidental Courtesy, Fragility, and Resilience

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images News / Getty Images

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images News / Getty Images

In today's episode of the Briefcase, we talk about the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey, the humans lessons we can take from this moment in time, and how and when to discuss the political impact of natural disasters. We also discuss the new documentary, Accidental Courtesy, about a black man who befriends members of the Ku Klux Klan. 

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Before discussing Hurricane Harvey, we wanted to acknowledge the flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal that has killed more than 1,000 people. We send our thoughts to this part of the world. 

As we come to understand the causes and infrastructure issues surrounding Hurricane Harvey, we are most struck by the images of kindness and compassion for others coming out of the area. We discuss our desire to harness Americans' propensity for love and generosity in the wake of tragedy to help heal some of our political division. 

We also discuss the reactions to Hurricane Harvey--including social media discussion surrounding the First Lady, Joel Osteen, and the President

Finally, we discuss the new documentary Accidental Courtesy which details Darryl Davis's mission to befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan as he pursues answers to the question, "how can you hate me when you don't know me?" Davis's confrontation with Black Lives Matter activists in Baltimore captures our attention and causes us to think more about the types of conversations that move race relations forward.