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Listening and learning: systemic racism explained

Journalist and author, Eric Deggans joined us to discuss these matters more closely.

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — There is a renewed desire to learn about systemic racism and American history in totality. Journalist and author, Eric Deggans joined us to discuss these matters more closely. You may be hearing about Jim Crow laws and redlining in conversations about systemic racism, but Deggans explained why it pops up in other areas of society. Deggans also recommended several books that will help readers understand how we got to this moment in time, and where we go from here.

Here is a list of books he recommends:

“Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation” by Eric Deggans

“We Were Eight Years in Power” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngleo

Streaming websites like Netflix and Prime Video also feature lists with movies and documentaries to educate viewers on history and the African American experience.

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