Crime, immigration, poverty, disenfranchisement, police brutality, inequality: no matter the proxy, race has been the undercurrent of almost every major campaign issue in the 2016 US election. Anti-immigration forces and white supremacists have become more visible at a time when the voting power of the Latino and African-American communities has never been stronger. But where does this political polarity lead? What are the long-term implications for how race, racism, and inequality have been mobilised in American political culture?
Cedric Johnson is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics, a frequent contributor to Jacobin magazine, and a founder of the new section of the academic journal Nonsite entitled "On the End(s) of Black Politics." He will join Thomas Adams, lecturer in American Studies and history at the United States Studies Centre and in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, to discuss the leading role race has played in the presidential election campaign and broader US politics this year. This event is jointly sponsored by the US Studies Centre and the Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme Support American Cultures Workshop.