Charlottesville, Halsey, United States discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria


Of excluded communities nationwide. Well, after Charlottesville, I want people to focus on the statues of policies that are just as permanent or impermanent. As many of the confederate statues, we still have criminal Justice laws in this country that need to be taken down. There's no question about it. We still have underfunded schools and school funding formulas that need to be taken down. You know, we still have school districts district lines that keep funding from getting to educating white folks to stop being racist. These things need to be taken down. And so after Charlottesville, I hope that we learned that these are statues, but there are policies that are more damaging on the everyday lives of black Brown people in this country. And finally, community said again, who ties together various strands of this conversation, the system of racial violence and stratification then enters apart from Charlottesville the way we acknowledge fail to our history and what kinds of public policy solutions are needed to move forward in this country. What I think has been lacking in the conversation around Charlottesville and post Charlottesville is really, as I mentioned earlier, an acknowledgement about the brutality of racially stratified, economic and social system. And if Americans had ten minutes to spend to reflect on Charlottesville, I do think though thing that they should do is spend some time looking online at the national memorial for peace and Justice, which opened in April of twenty eight teen, and which depicts our history of lynching and other brutality, and then in terms of how do we move forward? Well, you know, I do think that as we're thinking about race relations in the US, there are couple of different things that I think are important first thing is, and a lot of my work is really focused on this is that I just don't think they're enough efforts to try to reach across the communities that you're not part of. And to the extent that Americans on their own. You can do that through community organizations or volunteering or whatever. I think that that's really important from a political perspective. However, in a policy perspective, I do think it's going to be very important for us to think through particularly on the local regional and state levels. How do we address the fact that we have very isolated and segregated residential communities which are now not only segregated residential, but they're segregated in terms of experience segregated in terms of social networks are segregated in terms of kind of media that they consume. So I think we step back and think about policy solutions. We need to be intentional about Halsey solutions that try to break those kinds of silos. And I think that's best achieved at something other than the national level because people live in communities and they live in neighborhoods..

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