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It’s not cutting it to say my intentions are good.

Claudia Rankine Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, Yale University; Author, Just Us...
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Beyond Good Intentions: Facing Racism in America Head On

Beyond Good Intentions: Facing Racism in America Head On

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It’s time to slow down and start again to remake American culture and undo systemic racism, says author and Yale professor Claudia Rankine. White Americans must wade into the waters of Whiteness, and interrogate their own responses to Blackness. They need to see how policies and institutions continue the patterns of segregation and legacies of white supremacy. Eric Liu of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program speaks with Rankine about her new book, “Just Us: An American Conversation.” They discuss how to have the difficult conversations necessary to confront systemic racism and about building coalitions to effect change.

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