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Everyday White Supremacy with John Henry Smith


Is White Supremacy AN Issue In Our State, Or THE Issue?

In January, Joseph Biden became the first President of the United States to expressly mention “white supremacy” in his inaugural address as a primary problem America must face. And it’s no wonder — not after the racial reckoning that exploded onto the streets of America — including Connecticut — in 2020.

In light of this critical moment in our history, Connecticut Public has produced an hour-long program called Cutline: Everyday White Supremacy. Why “everyday”? That’s because it seems fairly common to think of “white supremacy” in terms of the type of white-hooded or Swastika’d thuggery that we see “every now and then.” But racist jokes, systematic racism, and racist language coded to sound less threatening — these things are much more “everyday” than “every-now-and-then.”

As these two forms of white supremacy are interconnected, host John Henry Smith will discuss them both with a diverse group of voices who can speak about conditions and experiences both here in Connecticut and around the country. Join us for Cutline: Everyday White Supremacy. The discussions won’t be comfortable, but they will make you think.

This program premieres as part of the CUTLINE series on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8 p.m. on CPTV and will be available to watch on-demand on this page.

It will encore on CPTV on Sunday, February 21 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, February 23 at 11 p.m., and on CPTV Spirit on Sunday, February 21 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 27 at 1 p.m.

Panelists include:

Jane Elliott
Race and diversity educator

Scott Ernest
Reformed white supremacist

Shannon Foley Martinez
Reformed white supremacist

Dr. William Horne
Villanova University professor and founder of The Activist History Review

Matthew Hughey
UConn associate professor

Drew John Ladd
Blogger, activist, and author of Wolfsong, Beloved 

Mark Overmyer-Valazquez
UConn professor and author

Leah Ralls
Head of the Willimantic NAACP

Julia Wang
The Immigrant History Initiative


New episodes of CUTLINE premiere each month on CPTV. Each episode is available for on-demand viewing concurrent with its television premiere. Episodes will be available on ctpublic.org, as well as at video.cptv.org; on YouTube; and on the free Connecticut Public mobile app. (Visit Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the app.)

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