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Race and Equity

  A few years ago, poet Claudia Rankine gave a reading of “Citizen: An American Lyric,’’ her 2014 award-winning collection of poems exploring racism and aggression. During the question-and-answer period, a white man stood up. “He said he had been moved by ‘Citizen” and he wanted to know what he could do for me,” Rankine recalls. “I said that I was doing very well, thank you. The real question he should have asked was ‘What…

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  “You cannot live thirty years with something in your closet, which you know is there, and pretend it is not there without something terrible happening to you. If I know that any one of you has murdered your brother or your mother, and the corpse is in this room under the table, and I know it and you know it, and you know I know it, and we cannot talk about it, it takes…

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  “You’re not going to change anybody’s mind shutting them down” – Rankine to the The Paris Review “In America, the killing of black people is an unending spectacle.” – Rankine in the New York Times  “Was there ever a moment when the persecution of nonwhite Americans wasn’t the norm?” – Was Charlottesville the Exception or the Rule? “We need to stop not calling it out….We can stop housing it. So that it stays where it…

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