President Trump, President Obama, America discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria

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Vanessa, Williamson focused on the contemporary role of the black lives matter movement and bringing to the fore the ways black and other non white Americans are living today with racial violence and also how the election of the nation's first black President. Barack Obama though only did not mean racial issues were silenced in America, but in fact, shifted racial attitudes in a more extreme direction. I think black lives matter has played a really critical role in connecting the dots between what we see in policing and mass incarceration today and the long history of state violence against black people. I think there's been. Awakening, particularly among white Americans, to the extent of that history to the extent to which that history is still with us. And so the other way in which black lives matter and Charlottesville sort of interrelated. In addition to this, creating of new visibility of the, it's into it, racial violence still pervades this country. We're in a period of racial reaction. Now, it's very clear that for a set of white conservative people, the election black president was very frightening. Proxima said he was bringing change from any people that was message of hope for some people, it was not. They did recognize the change. They just weren't very happy about it. And since that time there has been sort of in ongoing reaction. I think that certainly the Trump presidency makes a part of and some of that, I think dates not just the election of a black president, but to the visibility of black political movement. That was focused very specifically on the ways in which state act. Ters have oppressed ethnic minorities in this country, right. I think the reaction that we've seen on the far right has been both to the electoral success of a black president, the proof that a multi-racial coalition could elect a president in this country now, but also and I think there's some evidence to suggest that twenty fourteen twenty fifteen is when you start to see some of that shift to sort of kind of racial conservatism as a real motivator, people's political attitudes. It's also part of this response to a powerful black political movement. A New York Times. CBS news poll in twenty nine just after President. Obama assumed office showed that about two thirds of Americans deemed race relations to be generally good in two thousand sixteen as President. Obama ended his second term that same poll found nearly seventy percent of Americans thought race relations were mostly bad. Entre Perry also spoke to the seeming contradiction between the election of a black president and the fact that this event didn't resolve issues. Racism. In fact, Perry says that many white people don't want to admit that many of the mundane things. They do still have a negative impact on black people's lives. After the election of President Obama, there was this wanting particularly among white folk and particularly around middle-class folk to say that the problems that exist social problems that exist in America are those of class and not race that we've overcome racism in America that the election of an African American president is a sign that anything is possible. Well, if you're black, you live in Baltimore. We know that that's not true that people prejudge and do not provide opportunities to those who are black and the folks who are burdened with that reality are clear that racism is still alive and well. And so yes, more white folk than most are those that want to believe that racism is over because they can benefit from that ignorance doesn't do. Black folk any good to believe that racism doesn't exist. Because again, we feel it every day in a pocket books. You can look at wage differentials. You can look at homeownership. You can look at the cabinet of the United States of America. You can look at different agencies. You see it every day. The wild black hashtag is really a reflection of what we've known. All along people will call the police like its customer service that you could sleep in a dorm. You could sit in Starbucks, you can drive, you can shop and people will soom the worst of you in what's worse in a lot of my research in this area, the same stereotypes we ascribe to people, we place upon entire cities. I'm from a small black borough inside of Pittsburgh Wilkins Berg. And there's a lot of beliefs about the potential of Wilkins Berg or the lack thereof and those cities..

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