Political experts see change on horizon amid pandemic

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 19:10 in Psychology & Sociology

This year has been a shocking, “catastrophic” one for the country, filled with pandemic suffering, racial division, and death. But it has also produced moments of hope, inspired protests for racial justice powered by crowds of unprecedented diversity and size, and forced many Americans to face their prejudice head-on, experts said Wednesday during an online talk hosted by Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and PBS. The discussion was opened by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center, who invoked the memory of Civil Rights icon John Lewis and read from a letter by him published in The New York Times after his death last month. “We do not want to be driven back to the place that we were, a place that John Lewis, the conscience not only of Congress, but the conscience of our country, described so aptly...

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