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Talking About Race; Bridging the Partisan Divide

Apr 5, 2016

A few weeks ago we held a conversation about the n-word -- how the word is used by black and white Americans; how it's been used by newspapers over time; and how one professor would like to see it stop being used altogether. 

This hour, we continue our conversation about language and race. This time, it's with UConn Sociologist Noel Cazenave, who says as America continues to grapple with issues surrounding race, we still haven't figured out how to discuss systemic racism.

Cazenave’s new book is called Conceptualizing Racism: Breaking the Chains of Racially Accommodative Language. He joins us to talk about what racially accommodative language is, and why words do matter.

We also talk to Mark Gerzon, president of the Mediators Foundation, on his new book The Reunited States of America -- How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide. 

GUESTS: 

  • Noel Cazenave - Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, author of  Conceptualizing Racism: Breaking the Chains of Racially Accommodative Language
  • Mark Gerzon - president of the Mediators Foundation, author of The Reunited States of America -- How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide

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Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

Mark Gerzon will be in Hartford Friday April 8 to speak as part of Leadership Greater Hartford's 40th Anniversary celebration. More info here