Video after video showing black men, women, and sometimes children being assaulted, shot, and killed by police goes viral. Poverty, failing schools, unemployment, and incarceration continue to disproportionately affect black communities. Black Lives Matter becomes a movement and is quickly met with the dismissive counter that Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter.
Is this progress?
As President Barack Obama’s time in the White House draws to a close, host Keli Goff examines how his historic presidency has made an impact on national conversations about race, justice, and inequality from policy matters to pop culture. She also discusses how Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are poised to impact race relations in the future with reporter Jonathan Alter, CNN’s Don Lemon, GOP political strategist Ron Christie and musician and author Daryl Davis.
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Jonathan Alter, reporter and author of “The Promise: President Obama, Year One” (2010) and “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies” (2013)
Don Lemon, CNN correspondent and anchor of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon
Daryl Davis, blues musician and author of “Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan.” The book chronicles his experience working to improve race relations by seeking out and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan, several of whom he convinced to leave the organization.
Ron Christie, former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney. He is also author of three books on race and politics in America.
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