On October 17, 2018, the New School for Social Science Research’s Heilbroner Center on Capitalism Studies hosted Michael Dawson and Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science, for a public conversation about their work on racial capitalism. The podcast New Dawn broadcast the discussion live on Facebook and has released the audio as an episode. Watch the debate here.
In the latest essay in our “Reading Racial Conflict” series, Megan Ming Francis draws attention to the extraordinary work of Ida B. Wells. In the late nineteenth century, Wells exposed the extent of racial violence in the United States by documenting lynching and then disseminating her findings through her books, journalism, and activism. Ming Francis emphasizes a further innovation by Wells—i.e., how she connected lynchings to the economic interests and status anxieties of white southerners, as well as the relevance of this connection to understanding contemporary racial conflicts.
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