This week marks the two-year anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville where anti-racist activist Heather Heyer was murdered. In this episode of Gaslit Nation, Sarah speaks briefly about the legacy of Charlottesville before Andrea continues our Get Un-Gaslit Summer Reading Series with an interview with sociologist Dr. Crystal Fleming, the author of How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide. Dr. Fleming is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University with affiliations in the Department of Africana Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
In this interview, recorded in May 2019, Dr. Fleming discusses white supremacy, systemic racism and collective memory in the U.S., and ponders what an anti-racist future might look like. She and Andrea discuss race and media representation in the U.S., and what happens to our political discourse when journalism is overwhelmingly dominated by white men. Dr. Fleming debunks the myth of “political correctness” along with the myth of Trump’s authenticity, and explains why he appealed to some of his supporters. Finally, they discuss 2020, the stances of some candidates on racial and economic injustice, and what steps voters should take to improve their media literacy going into the election.