Friday, December 30th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fourth 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 lone black female mainstream journalists, and she frequently discussed Racism during her journalism career. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her passing at such a young age. During last week’s session, Ifill referenced Shirley Chisholm, the first black female to run for president, and many other white and non-white females who insist that gender is a bigger problem than Racism. However, Ifill cited hard data – including Department of Labor statics showing that more than two-thirds of all bachelor’s degrees earned by African Americans are awarded to women, that suggests White Supremacy dominates. Ifill also reviewed the political aspirations of Artur Davis, who hoped to become the first black governor of Alabama. Davis thought he could follow in President Obama’s triumph and convince a sizable portion of Whites to support him. He was incorrect. After the publication of this book, Davis lost his 2010 gubernatorial bid during the Democratic primary and eventually bolted to join the Republican party in 2012. At the time this book was published, Ifill considered Jesse Jackson Jr. as another example of the new breed of successful black politicians. Jackson publicly clashed with his father, and supported Obama’s rise the White House. Following the bool’s publication Jackson’s was convicted of financial improprieties in 2013 and sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Listeners should contrast how Ifill’s presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration.
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