March 12, 2021

ITT Sound Off: Colonial Undertones

Maria and Julio discuss President Biden’s first address to the nation, including his promise that every adult American will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine come May 1. They also unpack the latest on immigration and the need for media coverage to include the historical context of U.S. foreign policy that destabilized regions, like Central America, and forced people to flee from their homes. Finally, they get into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah, and the nuances behind the issues raised around racism, colonialism and the monarchy.   ITT Staff Picks: - Michele L. Norris writes for the Washington Post Opinions about the royal family: “The disparate treatment of someone with Black ancestry, the obsession with skin color, the private consternation over bloodlines and mixed marriage. Let’s not pretend that the United States has rid itself of these particular strains of the virus called racism.” - Deanna Pan of the Boston Globe reports about the vaccine rates among Latinos lagging in Massachusetts: “Critics of the state’s rollout say the racial and ethnic disparities are a reflection of an inherently inequitable vaccination system that privileges the white middle class at the expense of immigrants, people of color, and the poor." - A breakdown of the American Rescue Plan, via Emily Stewart in Vox.  Photo credit: Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP, File  

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