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America is in trouble, asserts UW Professor Christopher Sebastian Parker. In the midst of a global pandemic, continuing racial injustice, and near economic collapse, he believes the country is led by a chief executive who only makes matters worse.
Parker joins us for a livestreamed conversation with media and communications expert Kenan Block to dive deeper into Parker’s analysis of the current moment. A political scientist and acclaimed author, Parker draws on his expertise in public opinion and social science to explore the current and future of race and race relations, social justice, and racial inequality writ large, post-election. With support from his upcoming book, The Great White Hope: Donald Trump, Race, and the Crisis of America, he lays out the dire situation—and elaborates upon a possible solution.
Christopher Sebastian Parker, PhD., is the Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. He is the author of several books, including Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South, Change They Can Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America, written with Matt Barreto. His work has appeared or been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN.com, and more. He has also appeared on MSNBC, PBS, C-SPAN, and the History Channel.
After a long career in journalism, Kenan Block currently heads up Kenan Block Media and Communications, a firm that helps a variety of clients tell their stories. A fifth generation Seattleite, Block’s award-winning journalism career spanned over a dozen years in Washington, D.C. covering politics and national affairs for the PBS NewsHour and later MSNBC. He covered four presidential campaigns, the Congress, White House, and Pentagon during his career. He was a founding member of MSNBC, serving as the Chief Washington Producer for The News with Brian Williams. Block was a founding board member of Town Hall. He lives in Seattle and is active in civic and political affairs.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and the Northwest African American Museum.