What We Mean by White Supremacy | Perspectives from Joy Donnell and Maleena Lawrence

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In different ways, Joy Donnell and Maleena Lawrence are on the front lines of the cultural and political struggle against “White Supremacy.” The idea of white supremacy holding sway over the dominant institutions and culture of American life strikes many Americans as outrageous whereas for many other Americans this truth is almost self-evident. But what do people actually mean by white supremacy?

Joy Donnell, founder of the Center for Intersectional Media and Entertainment, and Maleena Lawrence, founder of Deeprooted Entertainment, take us deep into their own perspectives and experiences with white supremacy in this special Braver Angels sit-down. With Monica Guzman and John Wood, Jr.

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