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US Podcast: Getting Serious about Race and Crime

US Podcast: Getting Serious about Race and Crime
January 07
09:23 2017

I took on a challenge on Friday, joining the “shock jock” Jon Gaunt on a new British channel, Talk2Me Radio.

Gaunt was highlighting Wednesday’s beating and abuse of a man with special by four African-American youth in Chicago. Could I turn this towards a serious discussion beyond superficial and inflammatory labels around race and “political correctness”? Could I get across these points?

1. Hate crime — which is not confined to a single group as attacker and another as victim — should be confronted as a challenge to be met by all people, not by turning a single case into a stigma of race or religious belief.

2. Reality should not be swept away by the sensational: murder and violent crime in the US have fallen since the early 1990s and are now at the level of the 1960s.

3. But the continuing economic and social challenges, 50 years after the civil rights movement, should not be avoided by using a single case to divert attention to racial caricatures.

Gaunt took on these points, and I think the outcome was an engaging discussion — one which also took in questions about the effectiveness of Barack Obama as President, the campaign of Hillary Clinton, and the prospects of a President Trump for crime and the economy.

The discussion starts at the 38:55 mark:

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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