Despite the long history of racism, white supremacy, and racial violence in this country–and despite the progress that has been made in combating the worst and most glaring examples of it–Americans still have a very difficult time speaking candidly about the contemporary realities of race in our society. However, In the wake of events such as the recent not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin case, it becomes urgently clear that we need to have real, substantive conversations about the undeniable effects of inequality in the United States.
Charles W. Mills is John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University.
Heidi R. Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Feminist and Gender Studies department at Colorado College.
Rosemary Harris Lytle is the president of the NAACP Colorado-Wyoming-Montana State Conference.
Claire Garcia is a Professor of English at Colorado College.
Roger Bonair-Agard is a Chicago-based poet and performance artist.
Special thanks to Colorado College Special Collections for allowing us to air material from the Colorado College Oral History Project. To hear the rest of the interview with Effie Stroud Frazier click HERE.