The violence in Charlottesville Virginia and subsequent reactions from President Donald Trump are creating a firestorm of debate about free speech, history and racism. The racist organizers of the Charlottesville event continue to hold public rallies and promise to expand their efforts. In one sense, Native Americans are all too familiar with racist attacks and battles over hurtful statues and offensive mascots. At the same time, the renewed vigor among white supremacy organizations and the absence of unequivocal condemnation from the top requires thoughtful preparation for those who encounter it. We’ll unpack this latest racist eruption from an Indigenous perspective.
Dr. James Riding In (Pawnee) – Interim Director of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and Associate Professor
Julian Brave Noisecat (Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen/ Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie) – Writer
Jenni Monet (Laguna Pueblo) – freelance journalist
Break Music: Chant (song) Robert Mirabal + Ethel (artist) The River (album)