In the wake of George Floyd's murder, African American & African Studies core and affiliate faculty offer perspectives on the policing crisis and the imperative of racial justice to articulate knowledge for our time.
Peoria, Ill., was a place where marketers and politicians honed their messages. The pandemic and protests have made clear the sharply different realities of its Black and white residents. Associate Professor Terrion Williams is quoted in this New York Times article.
Junior Robel Tedros used his time during distance learning to spend quality time with family and focus on physical and mental health. “What inspires me to keep moving forward is finding ways in which I can activate my own personal happiness.”
Professor Yuichiro Onishi of the Departments of African American & African Studies and Asian American Studies writes about the history and current relationships between Black people and Asian Americans and how relationships must be reworked to come together in Afro-Asian solidarity.
To commemorate Juneteenth, Morning Show host Jill Riley invited Dr. Keith Mayes, a professor in the department of African-American and African studies, to have a conversation about the history of the holiday, as well as the necessity for more extensive Black history to be present in the curriculum taught in K-12 classrooms.
This interview at LitHub on the Podcast Fiction/Non/Fiction features Associate Professor Terrion Williamson of African American & African Studies and Assistant Professor V. V. Ganeshananthan of English.
"Minnesota was known to be a white progressive state, but that doesn't mean that racism was absent from the state," says Keith Mayes, a professor in the department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Though blacks make up only one in five residents in Minneapolis, they account for more than 60 percent of use of force cases. Professor Keith Mayes of the Department of African American & African Studies is interviewed for this KARE11 story.
Ian Hanomansing talks to Keith Mayes, a professor at the department of African American and African studies at the University of Minnesota, about race relations in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area and what it could take to stop the violent protests.