Last year, in a speech at the Justice Department, attorney general Eric Holder called Americans cowards when it comes to talking honestly about race. He said, “Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we average Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”
Why is it so difficult to have conversations about race? Marty Moss-Coane talked this morning (Friday, January 14) with Princeton’s Melissa Harris-Perry and John L. Jackson of the University of Pennsylvania. It will be rebroadcast tonight at 10 p.m. on WHYY and is available by MP#.
They discussed whether we talk differently about race now than at the height of the civil rights movement, and whether the presidency of Barack Obama has changed the way we think about race.