Dr. Laura to Leave Radio: Can We Ever Address Racism?

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John L. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D.

Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology

Author of Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Basic Books, 2010)

 Research interests:

- The impact of media on urban life.

- How does the subject of race affect everyday life in America?

- Race and paranoia in America.


"America is awash in race-based paranoia, but racists are never just racists. Racism is not a mysterious island somewhere in the middle of the ocean.  Eighteenth- and 19th-century slavemasters were racists, but they weren't only racist. They were also revolutionaries and humanitarians, adventurers and religionists. To call someone racist isn't about explanatory exclusivity. Racism is one important ingredient in the recipe for American apple pie, but there are still other details to be worked out about how much it adds, about when in the process it gets added, and about what else goes into the mixing bowl.”