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White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea

Dr. Tyler Stovall's White Freedom explores the intertwined histories of racism and freedom in France and the Unites States, the two leading nations that have claimed liberty as the heart of their national identities.

Stovall examines how French and American thinkers defined freedom in racial terms and conceived of liberty as an aspect and privilege of whiteness. He also discusses how the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States and perhaps the most famous symbol of freedom on earth, promised both freedom and whiteness to European immigrants. The era of the Enlightment, which gave rise to our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, was also the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. America, founded on the principal of liberty, was also built on American slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic race discrimination.

Stovall traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the Age of Revolution to today, challenging the notion that racism is somehow a paradox or contradiction within the democratic tradition, and demonstrating how white identity is intrinsic to Western ideas about liberty. Throughout the history of modern Western liberal democracy, freedom has long been white freedom. Stovall provides an important perspective on the inherit racism behind our most cherished beliefs about freedom, liberty, and human rights.

Dr. Stovall is in conversation with George Hammonds.

 

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Black History Month 2021: What American History Looks Like

Former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and now a member of the California State Board of Equalization, Malia Cohen is what American leadership looks like. Tune in!

 

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How Racism Erodes Mind, Body and Spirit, and How to Heal and Learn

Mary-Frances Winters' new book, Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes Mind, Body and Spirit, will be published by BK Publishing in the fall of 2020. The book describes a phenomenon Black people know well: the multifaceted physical and psychological damage brought on by simply living day to day in a racist society. The book, and this broadcast, is a vital resource for Black and non-Black people looking for ways to heal, learn, and have productive and supportive conversations about racial injustice and trauma.

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Affirmative Action for All

Activist, book author, and engineer extraordinaire Frederick E. Jordan urges all to vote YES on Proposition 16, a 2020 California ballot proposition that will end the ban on affirmative action, leveling the playing field for Blacks, women, and other ethnicities in securing work/labor government contracts and entrance to higher educational institutions of learning.

If Prop 16 is defeated, Fred states that "the fight for establishing a level playing field for all will continue."

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Frederick E. Jordan


We Covered You Then, We're Covering You Now!

Photos by Johnnie Burrell

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Kevin Williams Discusses Housing's Section 3

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Last Black Man in San Francisco

Joe Talbot is a fifth-generation San Franciscan who began developing The Last Black Man in San Francisco with his childhood friend and star Jimmie Fails after leaving high school early to pursue film. Talbot, a Sundance Institute fellow, wrote and directed the short American Paradise, which was shown at Sundance and SXSW. His feature-length debut was The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a movie that captures the past and present of this fast-changing city through the tale of Jimmie and his best friend Mont who set out to reclaim the house Jimmie grew up in. Tune in!

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L-R: Jimmie Fails, Joe Talbot


UCSF Black Caucus 2020 Gala!

Titled "Ancestry, Identity, Legacy," the UCSF Black Caucus held its Black Heritage Month Annual Gala on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel located on San Francisco's historic Union Square. It featured a silent auction, performances, acknowledgements, awards, dinner, raffle, and dancing for the 500+ attendees. Attire was black-tie or African/Ancestral. Keynote speaker was Rick Kittles, Ph.D. The Gala was captured in pictures. Tune in!

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Third from left: Genentech Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer Quita Highsmith

L-R: Myleka Johnson; Rick Kittles, Ph.D.; LaMisha Hill

Member of the year Laura Camp with her daughter Danyce Camp

Laura Camp, Member of the Year

L-R: Myleka Johnson, Vice Chair, Black Caucus Gala Planning Committee; Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD, Vice Chancellor, Office of Diversity & Outreach; Levi Garraway, MD, Ph.D., Executive President, Head of Product Development and Chief Medical Officer; Sam Hawgood, MBBS, Chancellor and the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor; LaMisha Hill, Ph.D., Chair, Black Caucus

Keynote speaker: Rick Kittles, Ph.D., Professor and founding director of the Division of Health Equities within the Department of Population Sciences at City of Hope. Co-Founder, African Ancestry.


Stephen & Ayesha Curry! Eat. Learn. Play

Three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP Stephen Curry and entrepreneur, host and best-selling author Ayesha Curry want to make sure that everyone has a chance to succeed. That's the mission of their new Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, which focuses on youth in underserved communities and works to ensure every child has access to nutritious food, a quality education, and a healthy and active lifestyle. Tune in!

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