July 28, 2020

Symbols of White Supremacy

Maria and Julio take on the national conversation about racist Confederate monuments and the push to take them down. They talk with Dr. Keisha Blain, an author and associate professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, and Rebecca Keel, the Virginia Statewide Organizer with Southerners on New Ground (or SONG), about what it means to be honest about our country’s racist past and to reimagine how it is taught and remembered.

This episode was produced by Ariel Goodman.


ITT Staff Picks: 

  • Keisha Blain writes that destroying Confederate monuments isn't 'erasing' history, but learning from it, in this piece for The Washington Post. 
  • "The work of the people is what endures. It’s unromantic work, done in small increments, sometimes just as a blueprint for whatever future movements might arise, and it’s more precious than any bronzed monument or seal or city name," writes Hanif Abdurraqib in this piece for The New Yorker.
  • In this piece for Latino Rebels, Nicholas Belardes, a dual-ethnic Chicano writer based in San Luis Obispo, California, writes about a predominantly Latino community's journey of grappling with the Confederate monuments in its vicinity. 

 

Photo credit: Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, File

 


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