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Saturday, October 28 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Racism in America: It's a Crime

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Join the incredibly erudite and engaging MSNBC host and editor-at-large of the Nation, Chris Hayes, for an important conversation about inequality in America. In his book, A Colony in a Nation, Hayes describes how black and brown people (and, increasingly, working-class whites) live in a territory that is not free, but rather is controlled from outside, where the law is a tool for constraint and limitation rather than a foundation for freedom and prosperity. The American criminal justice system, he argues, is not one system applied differently to different people, but two distinct systems. Hayes will be joined by two powerhouse voices whose recent work highlights the structural issues underpinning racial inequality. Yale Law School professor and former public defender James Forman Jr.’s book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, was described by the New York Times as “superb and shattering.” Carol Anderson’s shocking and timely White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, describes the disturbing efforts throughout American history to disadvantage blacks and the shameful failure of the courts, including the Supreme Court, to remedy those efforts. This essential discussion of where we are on race in America will be moderated by Kim McLarin, novelist and frequent guest on WGBH’s Basic Black


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Kim McLarin

Kim McLarin is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun, as well as the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, and Midlife. McLarin is also co-author of the memoir Growing Up X with Ilyasah Shabazz. Jump at the Sun was chosen as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The novel was also nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book. McLarin's nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, the Washington Post, Slate, The Root and other publications. She is a former staff writer for the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Greensboro News... Read More →

Presenters
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Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson has become  an important voice in the American discourse on race with her writing, her work in academia, and, most recently, her award-winning book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. The 2016 book was a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016, and a Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016. She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights... Read More →
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Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes is the award-winning MSNBC news anchor of All in with Chris Hayes and a bestselling author and political writer. He has received an Emmy for his MSNBC show and is a former fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, the New America Foundation, and In These Times. Hayes has been an editor-at-large at The Nation since 2007, and his own writing has been featured in... Read More →
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James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr. comes from a family of civil rights fighters, a torch he has carried on in his work as a public defender, educator, and advocate for the incarcerated and disadvantaged in the African American community. Early in his career, Forman served as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA