By Veena Dubal, Staff Attorney, National Security and Civil Rights Program
Yesterday, was a difficult day for me.
I spent the morning “dialoguing” with a former Republican Senator, a conservative law professor, and the director of a non-profit that works against “big government” (among others) on issues of race in America. We debated everything for an educational television program: from the use of race in law enforcement to affirmative action.
During the course of this two hour program, I tried to maintain a countenance of civility while listening to a white man deploy narratives of “personal responsibility” while talking about black men and violence. After abstractly opining on “racism in America” for the taping, I walked back to our offices in Chinatown in the drizzly San Francisco rain and thought about my clients whose lives were plagued by the complexities and intersections of racism and imperialism. Read the rest of this entry »