The protests against police violence that burst onto the streets in May are leading cities to rethink their approach to policing. Many Americans are rejecting the myriad barbarities and inequalities that stem from racial capitalism. Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic, which is killing Black Americans at a much higher rate than white Americans, continues to spread.
The summer issue of Dissent features two special sections—one on the pandemic, and one on the election. To launch the issue on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. (EST), William P. Jones, Marcia Chatelain, K. Sabeel Rahman, and Olúfémi O. Táíwò will discuss their recent articles for Dissent, and what it means to confront racial capitalism during a pandemic and an election year. This panel is free to attend and will be moderated by Dissent co-editor Michael Kazin.
William P. Jones is professor of history at the University of Minnesota, the Jerry Wurf Memorial Fund Scholar-in-Residence at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, President of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. His article “The Dignity of Labor” is in the Summer 2020 issue of Dissent.
Marcia Chatelain is the author of Franchise: the Golden Arches in Black America, a professor of history at Georgetown University, and a member of Dissent‘s editorial board. Her article. “Diversity and the Democrats,” is in the Summer 2020 issue.
K. Sabeel Rahman is the president of Demos and Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. His article “Dismantle Racial Capitalism” is in the Summer 2020 issue.
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, where he focuses on social/political philosophy and ethics. He is also a member of Pan-African Community Action and an organizer of the Undercommons. His article “Power Over the Police” was recently published on the Dissent website.
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