September 2, 2022

The Achilles Heel of Democracy

In this rebroadcast episode from January, Maria and Julio ring in the new year with Jelani Cobb, staff writer at the New Yorker and dean of the Columbia Journalism School. We listen back to their reflections on the legacy of the Black Lives Matter movement, the attacks on voting rights in the lead-up to the midterm elections, and the state of U.S. democracy.

ITT Staff Picks:

  • “Black communities are constantly reminded that while people spoke about their “allyship” for Black Lives Matter, they were not prepared to become accomplices in this fight,” writes Mari Faines in this piece for Inkstick.

  • The Supreme Court recently sided with Black voters who challenged Georgia’s election rules, reports Samira Asma-Sadeque for The Guardian.

  • The American system is dysfunctional and dying, which will most likely lead to a deep democratic breakdown, writes Brian Klaas for The Atlantic.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File

This episode originally aired in January 2022.