Travis Atkins, United States, Brenda Gill discussed on CFR On the Record

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You like to share it with your colleagues or classmates as always see if our takes no institutional positions on matters of policy were delayed to have travis atkins brenda gill plumber with us to discuss racing america and international relations travis atkins is deputy assistant administrator in the bureau of africa at usa. Id and lecture of african and security studies at the wall school of foreign service an prisons and justice initiative georgetown university as an international development leader. He's two decades of experience working in governance civil society in refugee and migration affairs over fifty nations throughout africa and the middle east. Mr atkins was a c. Afar international affairs fellow and it's a c- afar member doctor. Brenda gail plumer is a professor of history at the university of wisconsin madison. Her research increases includes racing gender international relations and civil rights. Dr bloomer has taught after american history throughout her twenty years of experience in higher education. Pearsley she taught at fisk university. The university of california santa barbara and the university of minnesota and from two thousand one to two dozen five dark numerous on the historical advisory committee of the us department of state. So thank you both for being with us today. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us travis. I thought we could be like you to talk about the ways in which you've seen a race relations in america influence us foreign policy. Sure thank you so much rain in. Welcome to everyone. Thank you for joining The first thing i would say is that You know america's long history of violence exclusion barbarism towards black. People are an indigenous people in asian communities in immigrant communities off in the united states have worked to give the lie onto the notion of who we say we are In terms of freedom in terms of democracy in terms of the respect for human rights in are the core messages that we seek to project in our foreign policy. We've not been able to resolve those contradictions because we have refused to face this history right and we can't countenance a struggle narrative in which we are not the heroes not the good guys not on the right side of history The challenge that we've had is that we've seen that play out In so many ugly ways domestically but it also has resonance and relevance in our foreign policy because what it ends up doing is essentially producing a foreign policy platitudes and contradictory posturing on the issues of human rights on the issues of racial justice on the issues of democratic governance. When the world can see are not only these history but this present reality of racial discrimination of police brutality of efforts to suppress the political participation of specific groups of people inside of america. They can see children in cages at the southern border. They can see anti-asian hate taking place in our nation and they can hear those messages resounding sometimes from our white house sometimes from our sin it sometimes from our congress and other halls of power throughout the united states and that works against the message of who we say we are.

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