We need to talk about power

We have a long way to go when discussing race. And while reporting on sexual harassment allegations in industries across the board has spurred a national conversation and led to accountability, we have not reached that moment with race, according to Mother Jones race and justice reporter Jamilah King.

“I think America is really ill equipped to talk about race with the same candor that we talk about sexism” King told Salon’s Alyona Minkovski on “Salon Talks”.

The New York Times has come under heavy scrutiny for its report about a white nationalist titled, “A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland,” which many felt humanized the subject. In contrast, reporting on sexual harassment allegations has focused on the victims rather than exploring the personal lives and characteristics of the men who behaved wrongly.

So why are we ill equipped to talk about race? “We are not a country that knows how to talk about power,” according to King. To hear more about the need to talk about intersectionality and for America to come to terms with its founding history, watch the full video.

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