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Media Mention June 10, 2020

NASCAR does the right thing on Confederate flag ban

On June 10, after issuing an earlier statement in support of racial justice that did not address the flag, NASCAR said it is banning the flying of Confederate flags at its races. "Banning Confederate flags at all NASCAR events is both symbolically and substantively important. It's of a piece with a movement nationwide to take a new stand about Confederate monuments and statues celebrating the legacy of racists," writes LBJ's Peniel Joseph.

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Media Mention June 10, 2020

Peniel Joseph on Black Power and the struggle for America's soul

On The National Podcast of Texas, recorded June 9 by phone, LBJ's Peniel Joseph weighs in on what he believes are the next steps for the movement, the difficult conversations that will have to happen first, and what role the young white crowds he’s seeing at protests might play in the movement. He also outlines what we can learn from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. and evaluates Texas’s historical role in previous civil rights struggles.

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The LBJ School's Dr. Peniel Joseph during the Kerner Commission event on March 5, 2018
Media Mention June 10, 2020

Unmasking the 'outside agitator'

Whenever a protest boils up, it's a safe bet that soon after, some public official will blame any violence, disruption or looting on "outside agitators" — mysterious outsiders who swoop in from out of town to stir up trouble. LBJ's Peniel Joseph

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Illustration of protests for NPR's "Code Switch" by LA Johnson
News June 8, 2020

Sadikshya Nepal (MGPS '20) named first BPC immigration policy fellow

The LBJ School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), announced today that Sadikshya Nepal (MGPS '20) has been named the first immigration policy fellow on the organization's immigration and cross-border policy team. The LBJ School and the BPC select an LBJ alum to work at BPC for one to two years on research and writing projects in the area of immigration.

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Sadikshya Nepal (MGPS '20)
Media Mention June 8, 2020

What you need to know about protesting in times of civil unrest

Recent protests in honor of George Floyd have drawn ire from some who oppose the destruction of property, calling participants "un-American," but the performance of protest and rebellion is historically patriotic. What is America's history with collective uprisings against racial injustice? Is there a difference in how white protestors are treated versus protestors of color? How have rebellions influenced real change? LBJ's Peniel Joseph joins Texas Public Radio's "The Source" to talk about how national and local governments and law enforcement bodies responded to these demonstrations, and what legal rights protestors have if they are arrested.

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Media Mention June 8, 2020

Race, resistance and community

LBJ's Peniel Joseph and Jay Williams of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving talk about on the roots of racism and inequality in our nation, the history of resistance movements, and specifically how inequality manifests in our Greater Hartford community today.

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Media Mention June 7, 2020

Not so black & white? Peniel Joseph, professor of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin

Malcolm X, the hero of many protesters and rioters taking to the American streets these days, once said that, if you aren't careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. Is it even possible to make that distinction in today's America? LBJ's Peniel Joseph, author of "The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.," joins Oksana Boyko, host of RT's podcast "Worlds Apart," to talk about it.

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Media Mention June 6, 2020

'These bullets do kill people' — why some in Austin want police to stop using less lethal ammo

LBJ's Peniel Joseph said the use of less lethal weapons that cause massive external and internal injury is "excessive force against groups of protesters who have been largely peaceful."

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Media Mention June 5, 2020

How the death of George Floyd reignited a protest movement

"The protests are about more than policing. They expose the historic and contemporary fact that criminal justice in America represents a gateway to panoramic systems of racial and economic oppression," LBJ's Dr. Peniel Joseph, founding director of Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin, told Euronews.

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Media Mention June 5, 2020

Conspiracy theories and racist memes: How a dozen Texas GOP county chairs caused turmoil within the party

Texas's top Republican officials, including Gov. Greg Abbott, had condemned four GOP chairs for proliferating conspiracy theories on Facebook. The posts, from chairs of some of the largest counties in Texas, suggested George Floyd's death was staged to erode black support for President Donald Trump. LBJ's Peniel Joseph said Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick don't set the agenda as much as they reflect the beliefs and feelings of constituents who voted them into office.

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