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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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Media Mention June 5, 2020

Author interview: Peniel E. Joseph on 'The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.'

LBJ's Peniel Joseph published The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (Basic Books) in March. In it, he writes, “Conventional depictions of Malcolm wielding a sword in pursuit of black dignity while King carried a shield for the defense of black humanity tells only part of the story … This neat juxtaposition…eras[es] the profound ways in which their politics and activism overlapped and intersected….”

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News June 4, 2020

CSRD presents a community conversation on justice and equity in a time of national racial crisis

On June 3, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy presented "Justice and Equity in a Time of National Crisis" — a community conversation featuring Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin City Council Member Alison Alter and Austin City Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, and moderated by LBJ Professors Peniel Joseph and Jeremi Suri. Nearly 1,000 people attended the online session discussing racial injustice in America, the protests in 75 cities sparked by the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 26, and the history of race in the United States that is the root cause of the civil unrest. WATCH THE SESSION.

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Justice and Equity in a Time of National Racial Crisis — a community conversation presented by CSRD
Media Mention June 4, 2020

Melina Abdullah: It’s a mistake to equate what happens to property with what happens to black lives

America is experiencing the largest civil unrest in decades as countless people protest the police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd. Peaceful demonstrations have spread across dozens of cities, and especially in upscale white neighborhoods. In some cases, looting and property destruction have followed, with mixed responses from law enforcement. LBJ's Peniel Joseph joins a panel to discuss what this all says about confronting racism in America.

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Media Mention June 4, 2020

It really is different this time

America was jolted out of its pandemic stupor this week by a dramatic cycle of police violence, protests, looting and retaliation—one that quickly jumped from city to city and crashed, literally, against the gates of the White House. In some ways, this wave seems familiar. It’s also hard not to feel like we’re living through something disorienting and new." LBJ's Peniel Joseph is one of two dozen experts who talk to POLITICO about why.  

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Media Mention June 2, 2020

Interview: Peniel Joseph on the racial issues in America

A conversation with with Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at University of Texas at Austin, about policy change, curfews, white privilege, economic exploitation and the Justice System.

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Media Mention June 2, 2020

What black children will learn from George Floyd's death

"George Floyd's death is already affecting millions of precocious black boys and girls in America today, many of whom have taken to the streets to demonstrate both the values of their own lives and to honor those taken from us too soon," writes LBJ's Peniel Joseph.

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A sign depicting George Floyd is held up by a demonstrator protesting his killing. Credit: Logan Weaver, Unsplash
News June 1, 2020

LBJ Dean Angela Evans: 'We have to open our eyes and hearts to stand together.'

"America's failures and flaws are undeniably being laid bare," writes LBJ School Dean Angela Evans. "There is no excuse for the loss of over 100,000 Americans to a virus. There is no excuse for another unarmed black man dying on our streets at the hand of a police officer. There is no excuse for millions of our fellow Americans having to struggle to eat and secure shelter. We must step up. Righteous indignation is not enough. Only when we get into the game — into the arena — when we stop blame and commit to working on these problems with open minds and hearts can things get better."

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LBJ School Dean Angela Evans
Media Mention June 1, 2020

From the 1960s to 2020: Civil unrest in the face of systematic injustice

LBJ's Peniel Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, says these protests also signal a "generational opportunity" — to acknowledge and address racism and white supremacy within the country's institutions.

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Media Mention June 1, 2020

UT Austin professor says protests signal 'generational opportunity' to address racism

A leading voice on race relations says George Floyd's death represents a national tragedy that should be turned into an opportunity for change. "What I hope happens here, is that we turn this national crisis into a generational opportunity. And that opportunity is to really build what Martin Luther King Jr. called a beloved community that was free of not just racism but was also free of racial segregation," said Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin.

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