January 4, 2022

The Achilles Heel of Democracy

Maria and Julio are joined by Jelani Cobb, staff writer at the New Yorker and co-editor of the new book “The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from the New Yorker.” They reflect on the history and legacy of the Black Lives Matter movement. They also unpack the latest in attacks on voting rights in the lead up to the midterm elections, and the state of U.S. democracy as we approach the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection. ITT Staff Picks: - As we approach the 10-year mark since the murder of Trayvon Martin, we’re sharing Jelani Cobb’s first piece in The New Yorker about his death and its aftermath. - In his 1962 essay printed in The New Yorker, James Baldwin writes about growing up in Harlem, his experiences with racism, Black people’s struggles in the United States and the myths that white Americans cling to.  - “America’s political system is broken, seemingly beyond its normal capacity to repair,” writes senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp in this piece for Vox. Photo credit: AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File  

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