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Professor Louis Chude-Sokei on Race and Diversity in Seattle

Submitted by Brian Reed on June 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
Professor Louis Chude-Sokei
Professor Louis Chude-Sokei

Professor Louis Chude-Sokei of the UW English Department recently participated in a Seattle Times video project titled Under Our Skin.

This project grew out of conversations at The Seattle Times concerning their coverage of race, especially their reporting on such topics as police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and antiracist protests on college campuses across the United States.

Professor Chude-Sokei was one of eighteen people that the newspaper chose to interview for Under Our Skin. Each person was asked how he or she would define a series of key terms that politicians, academics, journalists, and activists frequently use when discussing race; examples include "institutional racism," "microagression," "political correctness," and "white privilege."

The participants' responses have been edited into short videos, one per term, that can be seen over on the Seattle Times website. Viewers are invited to contribute respones.