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The American Mythology of Racial Progress

Apr 6, 2021 |
Zoom Videoconferencing
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The New Haven Program Committee invites you to join Academy member Jennifer Richeson for a conversation on the enduring—and misleading—mythology that America has made steady, linear progress toward racial equality since its founding. Following up on her piece in The Atlantic last September, Richeson will lead a discussion on the ways this narrative absolves Americans of the responsibly to actively combat inequality. The conversation will focus on the widespread misperceptions about racial disparities, the psychological instincts that reinforce these overly optimistic views, and how we can capitalize on the recent national reckoning to produce real and lasting change.

You can find Richeson's "Americans Are Determined to Believe in Black Progress" by clicking here.