Jun 3, 2020
Jennifer Richeson is a social psychologist who studies racial identity and interracial interactions. She is currently the Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology at Yale University where she heads the Social Perception and Communication Lab.
Professor Richeson details the ways that racial inequality, psychology, and systems of privilege relate to one another. She also highlights how basic notions of what it means to be “American” are entangled with “whiteness” and other identities. That relationship helps to explain the appeal of Trumpism and other forms of white neofascism.
Professor Richeson also cautions that “implicit bias” has gained a great deal of attention in terms of how Americans now understand racism and white supremacy – but the reality is that “old fashioned racism” remains the dominant threat to black and brown people’s life chances and freedom.
Chauncey DeVega reviews the good, the bad, and the ugly of these last few weeks which has seen Trump’s regime continue its unending assault on American democracy and freedom, the murder of George Floyd by one of America’s brutal police, protests and civil unrest in response to that crime, and a country which overall is in the midst of great social and political convulsions.
And Chauncey DeVega shares his experience with the Chicago uprising and riots and offers both great praise and some concern for the young lions who are leading the struggle.
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