White Fragility-Beyond The White Echo Chamber
Topic 1/17: “The News In ‘Black And White'”
I’ve been “sandbagging” this guest speaker for just the right time. Last week I was too choked up to address the chaos at our nation’s Capitol given the obviously disparate response from law enforcement compared with #BlackLivesMatter uprisings. So I got you someone who can talk about it, and with A LOT more insight. Sylvester Monroe is a Sr. Fellow at USC and was at one time V.P. of the National Association of Black Journalists. A ’73 Harvard grad, he went on to write/report/serve as editor/bureau chief at Time Magazine, Newsweek, Washington Post, and was senior editor at Ebony Magazine. Sylvester covered the O.J. Simpson trial (and appears in the subsequent 2016 Academy Award winning documentary), the Rodney King trial and riots in L.A., accompanied both the Rev. Jessie Jackson and Barack Obama on their press junkets during their respective runs for president, and has sat down to dinner with South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. All this from his humble beginnings in the projects of South Chicago.
I encourage you to do as much Googling on Mr. Monroe as you can so we don’t burn up the 90 minutes asking for info that is easily available. Having his years of perspective, particularly at this time, is too big a gift squander.
- Monroe’s 1988 book Brothers Black And Poor
- YouTube video, George Floyd Legislation
- An essay from NanetteDMassey.com