In my years of closely following Middle Eastern developments, I've witnessed an unprecedented shift in the landscape of news coverage.
Friday, December 16th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the second study session on Gwen Ifill’s 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was one of the few black female mainstream journalists, and she candidly acknowledged that Racism impacted her career. It may have been a factor in her passing at such a young age. During the first week’s session, we noted that the title of the book contained the word “race,” not Racism. This subtle difference often reflects a conscious or unconscious attempt to obfuscate or dilute White pathology and commitment to Racism/White Supremacy. In the early stages of The Breakthrough, Ifill suggests that the election of Barack Obama represented evidence that some Whites might be willing to let go of Racism. Ifill posits that the rockstar black politicians like President Obama, Senator Corey Booker, and Governor Duval Patrick represent the new age of black political powerbrokers who don’t overtly discuss Racism and have the necessary pedigree to impress White voters. Ifill writes that civil rights gadflies like Jesse Jackson Sr. and Al Sharpton frighten White people, and a part of President Obama’s success was keeping them at bay. Listeners should contrast how Ifill’s presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration.
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