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Jason Sokol presents All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn, in conversation with Brent Staples of the New York Times
Jan 5, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
The Northeastern United States, home to abolitionism and a refuge for blacks fleeing the Jim Crow South, has had a long and celebrated history of racial equality, electing black politicians and rallying behind black athletes and cultural leaders after WWII. However, as historian Jason Sokol reveals in All Eyes Are Upon Us, these achievements obscure the harsh reality of a region long riven by segregation and deep-seated racism. Across the Northeast over the last half-century, blacks have encountered housing and employment discrimination as well as racial violence. But the gap between the ideal and the reality left small but meaningful room for racial progress, making the Northeast a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, inwardly conflicted, but always striving to live up to its highest ideals. Sokol talks about issues in Brooklyn and beyond with Brent Staples, who writes about race and politics for the New York Times editorial board.