Poet Samuel Carroll was a 17-year-old junior at Lincoln Park High School when he competed in the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival in the Spring of 2011 as a member of team Youmedia Chicago. In his piece, Forgotten, Samuel addresses the stereotypes solidified in people’s minds about Native Americans and speaks directly to those assuming incorectly about his heritage.
Barbara Ransby, professor of African American studies, history, gender, and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaks about W. J. T. Mitchell's new book, Seeing Through Race, and issues of race, "post-race," and racism.
Elgin, like many other Chicago suburbs, saw huge demographic changes the last twenty years. But you would never be able to tell that nearly half of the city is now Latino if you look at who's working in the local government.
Each week we're following up with another character from Studs Terkel's 1992 oral history, "Race." This week we feature Salim Muwakkil, journalist and author, talking about Black Nationalism, Louis Farrakhan and why he has had to temper his expectations of President Obama.
Poet Kush Thompson was a 17-year-old senior at Orr Academy High School when she competed in the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival in the Spring of 2012, representing her high school. For Colored Girls Who Considered Yaky she says is "a declaration of black beauty in definance to any practice that asks us to be anything but what we are."