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Covid & Black Syllabus Vol. 3

  • For Black people, The Country Returning ‘Back To Normal’ Is Not Enough

  • Tracey Ross @traceylross - Essence


  • If the status quo got us here in the first place, then a radical imagination will be required to remake a more equitable and just America. In an insightful and thought-provoking piece, Tracey Ross highlights the importance of centering the needs of the most vulnerable populations for America to recover from this pandemic. 


  • Police Violence Makes COVID-19 Worse for Black Americans

  • Ivan Natvidad @IvanVNatividad - Futurity


  • Police violence towards Black people has been front and center for the past few years. It is then no surprise that even during a Global pandemic, Black folks are forced to balance health recommendations that will help prevent them from contracting the disease but may also lead to them being viewed as a threat by police.

  • Damned if we do, damned if we don’t, Ivan Natividad points out how even health recommendations can be harmful to Black folks, as masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 also make 





  • The News Beyond the COVID Numbers

  • Shereen Marisol Meraji @RadioMirage - NPR’s Code Switch


  • For weeks, we were told by public officials that it was “too soon” to sound the alarm as stories of Black suffering poured in from around the country. Thanks to journalist Alexis Madrigal and a team of volunteers at The Atlantic, the COVID Tracking Project now provides vital data on race. 


  • Intersectionality Matters With Kimberly Crenshaw - Under The Black Light: History Rinsed & Repeated

  • Kimberly Crenshaw @sandylocks - African American Policy Forum 


  • Podcast

  • Kimberly Crenshaw hosts a rockstar panel featuring David Blight, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, William Darity Jr., Ibram X. Kendi, and Kate Manne as they analyze and investigate critical societal concerns of this moment. 

  • On Episode Five of “Under The Blacklight,” navigate the historical contours of the pandemic and the preexisting inequalities that shape its impact. Building on last week’s interrogation of “disaster white supremacy,” this week's conversation explores how intersecting systems of capitalism, patriarchy, racism, and nationalism have converged to define another dark moment in American history.

  • Speakers:

  • DAVID BLIGHT — Professor, Yale University; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

  • EDUARDO BONILLA-SILVA — Professor, Duke University; President of the American Sociological Association; Author of Racism Without Racists

  • WILLIAM DARITY JR. — Economist; Professor, Duke University; Director, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

  • IBRAM X. KENDI — Professor, American University; Author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

  • KATE MANNE — Professor, Cornell University; Author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny


--Created by Dr. Tré Watkins

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