Professors Parker & Francis Discuss Race Relations on TheConversation.com

Letter from a Birmingham Jail - 1963
Letter from a Birmingham Jail - 1963

In their article “Why the silence of moderate conservatives is dangerous for race relations,” Political Science Professors Christopher S. Parker and Megan Ming Francis explain why racism continues to haunt us today. Drawing a direct comparison between American race relations in the 1960s and today, Parker and Francis argue that “moderate conservatives [need] to take a bold stand” to combat today’s racial injustices. Otherwise, they embolden vocal white reactionaries. The piece was published on TheConversation.com on August 10, 2015.  

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