In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the apparent crisis at scholar Ibram X. Kendi’s Center for Antiracist Research.
Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- After amassing tens of millions of dollars in funding, Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research abruptly laid off a third of its staff last week. Natalia referred to historian Holly Brewer’s scholarly critique of Kendi’s work in this Liberties essay, and Niki referred to extensive right-wing coverage of the issue, like this Fox News piece.
In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:
- Natalia recommended Aymann Ismail’s Slate essay, “Closed Book.”
- Neil shared about historian Benjamin E. Park’s Slate essay, “Sound of Freedom’s Tim Ballard Is a Star on the Right. Why Would His Church Denounce Him?”
- Niki discussed her column for CNN Opinion, “Maren Morris’ Powerful Farewell to Country Music.”