Are younger generations less racist than older ones?

The Embrace Race Podcast

19-02-2024 • 35 mins

On this episode, hosts Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas speak with Candis Watts Smith, Professor of Political Science at Duke University, about the widespread belief that “racism will die off as older generations do.” Candis has studied this question and lays out why it’s untrue, lasting and harmful. Like other enduring myths about race, this one confuses people and is a real block to understanding and acting in ways that promote racial justice.

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