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Confronting Racism in Modern America

Feb 13, 2019
CATEGORY: Society, U.S.A.

Writers Wajahat Ali and Jelani Cobb talk about race, white nationalism, and President Trump at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.

When Americans elected their first black president more than a decade ago, some questioned whether the country had transitioned into a post-racial era. But today race is a more prominent and intransigent problem than ever. As the US grapples with issues like identity politics, the Travel Ban, a wall on the southern border, and Black Lives Matter, writers Jelani Cobb and Wajahat Ali question the likelihood of a post-racial America. Cobb, a staff writer at The New Yorker and journalism professor at Columbia, says America needs to closely examine its imperfections and reflect on its history of slavery. He speaks with Ali, a New York Times op-ed contributor.

 

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