How race shaped our politics and culture in 2011

December 19, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Supporters of the DREAM Act, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., center, were arrested in July at a pro-immigration rally.

Eight Forty-Eight's Richard Steele kicks off a week of encore specials featuring past stories and conversations from the show.

Journalists Alden Loury and Sue Ontiveros join Steele for a conversation about the biggest stories involving race during 2011. They discuss the DREAM Act, how the media missed the mark in covering Flash Mobs and what calls for a "consensus" black candidate during February's Mayoral election meant as a political strategy.

Also, Steele looks back at the racial turmoil at Chicago's Rainbow Beach during the 1960s.

A correction has been made to this story.

An earlier broadcast of this conversation stated that Rep. Luis Gutierrez was arrested in May. He was arrested in July at a pro-immigration rally.