Season 13: American Racism

Raising White Kids: Jennifer Harvey

The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Harvey is an educator, activist, and author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. We discuss the importance of race-conscious parenting in the smog of racism, fostering healthy white identity, and creating a more just future.

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Inclusive Excellence: Franklin Gilliam

Dr. Franklin Gilliam, Jr. is the Chancellor of UNC Greensboro. We discuss the real harm of discrimination to our broader society, the power of striving for excellence in higher education through inclusion, and the lifetime benefits of social mobility.

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Implicit Teacher Bias: Walter Gilliam

Walter Gilliam is the Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, and Professor at the Yale University Child Study Center. We discuss implicit bias in preschool teachers, expulsion rates among preschoolers, and the role of universal Pre-K to access early learning.

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Unapologetically Indigenous: Sarah Pierce and Amy Sazue

Sarah Pierce and Amy Sazue work on education policy for NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Honoring the narrative of the Indigenous is an important step towards education equity, since US curriculum now perpetuates the erasure of Indigenous history.

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Separating Children: Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs is the author of Taking Children: A History of American Terror. We discuss the history of child separation for political ends, ranging from the enslaved and Native children, to the children of the poor and Central American refugees. The legacy of these racist policies still haunt us today.

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Unions & Racial Justice: Tamara Lee

Tamara L. Lee, Esq. is an industrial engineer, labor lawyer, and professor at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. We discuss wage discrimination, innovation and equity in organized labor, and a new framework for justice in our times.

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State-Sponsored Segregation: Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein is a journalist, historian, and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. We learn about state-sponsored segregation, its continuing legacy and impact on disparities in wealth and income, and a new movement to redress racial segregation.

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Ending The Filibuster: Eli Zupnick

Eli Zupnick is the spokesperson for Fix Our Senate, a group dedicated to ending the Senate filibuster. We discuss how the filibuster rule actually works, why it’s deeply anti-democratic, and why the time has come to eliminate it.

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Critical Race Theory: Mari Matsuda

Mari J. Matsuda is a lawyer, activist, law professor, and founding practicioner of Critical Race Theory. We discuss the various ways inequality threatens our freedom, the dangers of harmful speech, and the way racism is systemic to our institutions.

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White Too Long: Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Robert P. Jones is the founder of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity. We learn about the historical role of white churches in perpetuating white supremacy, stunting the morality of white Americans, and in working to achieve justice going forward.

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