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Confronting Racism in Modern America

How to talk about race and racism [video]

When Americans elected their first black president more than a decade ago, some questioned whether the country had transitioned into a post-racial era. But today race is a more prominent and intransigent problem than ever.

As the U.S. grapples with issues like identity politics, the travel ban, a wall on the southern border and Black Lives Matter, writers Jelani Cobb and Wajahat Ali question the likelihood of a post-racial America.

Cobb, a staff writer at The New Yorker and journalism professor at Columbia, says America needs to closely examine its imperfections and reflect on its history of slavery. He speaks with Ali, who is a New York Times op-ed contributor.

Please select this link to view the video from Aspen Ideas.

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