In his talk, “Antiracism: Moving America Toward Democracy,” Bruce A. Jacobs will discuss how the United States will never be a functioning democracy until we overcome white supremacy in our societal structure and within ourselves, and how the our nation’s founding legacy of white supremacy is itself the main reason why America now trails the developed world in citizen rights such as health care, education, and basic economic security. Jacobs will talk personally and politically about both the devastation and the massive opportunity of our current moment as America faces both its lethal dysfunction and a widening demand for remedies, with African-American demands for justice leading the way.
About Bruce A. Jacobs:
As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his blog, Alias Bruce, he was among those who warned early of Donald Trump's explosive appeal to resentful white voters. He has spoken in communities nationwide, has appeared on NPR, C-SPAN and elsewhere, and has published op-eds in Truthout and other online publications. He is a widely-published poet who has been anthologized by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and others. He is also a working jazz drummer. He is a native of Rochester, NY, and he now lives in Washington, DC.