New America Now: Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?

New America Now: Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson discusses how the Shirley Sherrod debacle has reignited a conversation about race in the media, about NAACP and the Tea Party and if it has taught us anything about race in the era of Obama.


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Many suggest that with the election of President Obama, race has become a non-issue, because as he said when referring to the ethnic segregation of the country, there’s only the United States of America. However, Tim Wise, author of Colorblind, suggests we might have actually retreated from racial equity.


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The National Black Prosecutors Association recently had its 27th annual conference in San Francisco and over the last decade there has been a rise of the black district attorneys and prosecutors across the United States. But if justice is colorblind does it make a difference if the prosecutor is black or white? Carmen Lineberger, President of the NBPA, discusses.


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Arab-Israeli author Sayed Kashua has unleashed a satire sitcom called Arab Labor, which follows the adventures of the Alian family—an Arab family trying to assimilate into Israeli society. Arab Labor, Season 2 is screening at the SF Jewish Film Festival.


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