BBC special: America Beyond Black and White

Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith, former poet laureate of the United States who won the Pulitzer Prize, and author of “Ordinary Light," joins BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan to discuss racism in the U.S. and how Americans might come together to heal the wounds of racism.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths

With America engulfed again by protests against police brutality and racial discrimination, in this BBC special, “America Beyond Black and White,” Rajini Vaidyanathan brings together a group of African American writers to discuss how America might move beyond its current racial turmoil.

In 2016, Vaidyanathan traveled the United States to report on America’s problem with racism. She studied the history, had deep and powerful conversations about racism and its effects, and sought out people with possible solutions — meeting everyone from police chiefs to artists.

In this discussion, Vaidyanathan brings together some of those people, to find out how much has changed, and how little; and to ask how Americans might come together to heal the wounds of racism.

Vaidyanathan is joined by:

  • Dr. Christina Greer, associate professor at Fordham University and author of “Black Ethnics.”

  • Ron Christie, a political consultant and former adviser to President George W. Bush, and author of “Blackwards.”

  • Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard University and author of “The Condemnation of Blackness.”

  • Tracy K. Smith, former poet laureate of the United States who won the Pulitzer Prize, and author of “Ordinary Light.”

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