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Cover, An Impossible Dream? Racial Integration in the United States by Sharon Stanley.

Lecture: Sharon Stanley

November 16, 2017
6:30p
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

Sharon Stanley, professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Memphis, will deliver a public lecture titled An Impossible Dream? Racial Integration in the United States in conjunction with the course Segregation by Design, taught by assistant professor Catalina Freixas and professor Mark Abbott (Harris-Stowe State University). The lecture is supported by The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Is racial integration still a viable dream for black Americans in 2017? Stanley argues that we need to rethink what racial integration actually means before we can answer this question. Mere spatial mixing is not sufficient to dismantle the legacy of Jim Crow segregation. Any worthwhile model of integration must also entail a radical transformation of whiteness and its attendant privileges. Until clear indications exist that such a transformation could plausibly be achieved, black integration pessimism is a reasonable and defensible response to our political present.

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