Is Biden wrong to say this is NOT America?


Is Biden wrong to say this is NOT America?

Race & Class Blog

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Nancy Murray and Avery Gordon on the future of America

 

With the inauguration of president Biden, the mainstream media are anxious to convince us that it’s business as usual in the US. The assault on the capitol building on 6 January does not necessarily expose the faultlines running through a deeply divided country, but Nancy Murray and Avery Gordon, two prominent political analysts of the US scene, question the narrative of ‘healing’ that Biden promises. QAnon conspiracy theorists and more worryingly, military-trained armed militia have made it clear that, like Trump, they do not accept the legitimacy of last year’s election. The chaos convulsing the United States looks set to continue.

This conversation was recorded on Monday 18 January, two days before the inauguration of US president Joe Biden.

Nancy Murray is an Editorial Committee member of Race & Class and for 25 years was director of education at the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Avery Gordon is an Editorial Committee member of Race & Class. Her most recent book is The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins (Fordham University Press)


The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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