Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies and Associated Faculty in the History Department, was recently quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article “A moment became a movement as Georgians answered the calls for justice.” Anderson sheds light on how the COVID-19 pandemic has helped garner a broader base of popular support for the movement for racial justice. Read the excerpt quoting Anderson below along with the full piece here.
“More protests are happening in cities and towns where few Black people live, observers note. This is no coincidence, said Emory University historian Carol Anderson, an expert on the roles of race, justice and equality in domestic and international policy. More people are more willing to consider the toll policing has taken on Black lives amid a pandemic, widespread unemployment and deep political divisions, she said.
“White Americans are also suffering, Anderson said. Mom-and-pop businesses are losing out on federal emergency loans to large corporations. Essential workers are returning to their workplaces without adequate protections against COVID-19. It can take more than a month to get unemployment benefits. And while they’re stuck in their homes during the pandemic, they’re watching videos of the killings of Arbery and Floyd.
“‘The kind of disproportionate violence people are facing in all areas of their lives — that is what’s driving this moment. That’s what causing people to re-think America,’ Anderson said. ‘And we could be amazing.’
Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies and Associated Faculty in the History Department, was recently quoted in a New York Times op-ed by Roger Cohen. The piece, “‘Let Freedom Ring’ From Georgia,” discusses recent racial violence and manifestations of systemic racism – along with the campaigns against them – in the state of Georgia. In examining factors that seem to have contributed to an expanding and exceptional wave of popular support for those campaigns, Cohen quotes Anderson: “‘Like Emmett Till in the casket, the Floyd image made clear no black person is safe,’ Carol Anderson, a professor here at Emory University and author of ‘White Rage,’ told me.” Read the full piece here.
Assistant Professor of History Carl Suddler was quoted in Jerry Brewer’s recent Washington Post story, “It’s time for bold moves. The NBA should put victims’ names on jersey fronts.” Brewer argues that the NBA should, if the season resumes, advance the Black Lives Matter movement by replacing the team brands on the front of jerseys with the names of victims of police violence. Read the excerpt from the story that quotes Suddler below, along with the full piece here.
“I think sports connects to two things that are very difficult to overcome in this moment: capitalism and the following of behavioral rules,” Suddler said. “Big business and the pursuit of riches limit how radical you can be. And even the NBA, which has been labeled progressive, essentially ran Craig Hodges and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf out of the league for the stances they took. The NBA can’t get rid of LeBron [James], but there is only one LeBron. For the average player, disposability is a possibility. Can a sports league, with all its conflicts, really make a meaningful impact when they’re not inclined to sacrifice much?”
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Chris Suh, who has won the Dorothy Ross Article Prize from the Society for U. S. Intellectual History for “‘America’s Gunpowder Women’: Pearl S. Buck and the Struggle for American Feminism, 1937-1941,” published in Pacific Historical Review last year. Outlining their decision, the award committee wrote: “In this article, Suh sheds new light on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Pearl Buck and her role in international feminist politics in the 1930s. He draws on archival research at Princeton, the Library of Congress, and Buck’s personal papers to interweave the history of American literature with race, gender and politics in the New Deal era, all in a global context.” Earlier this year the same piece won the W. Turrentine Jackson (Article) Prize of the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association.
Dr. Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, was recently cited in an article about the Korean War. Recognizing the 70-year anniversary of the start of the conflict this week, the article presents five key points about what the U.S. Army terms “The Forgotten War.” Read the citation of Dudziak in the excerpt below along with the full piece: “The US Army once ruled Pyongyang and 5 other things you might not know about the Korean War.” Dudziak is Associated Faculty in the History Department.
“The war was the first large overseas US conflict without a declaration of war, setting a precedent for the unilateral presidential power exercised today,” Emory University law professor Mary Dudziak wrote in a 2019 opinion column for the Washington Post.
“‘The Korean War has helped to enable this century’s forever wars,’ Dudziak wrote.”
Dr. Polly J. Price, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Professor of Global Health, recently weighed in on the constitutionality of mandatory quarantines for travelers from out of state for NBC News. Price is Associated Faculty in the Emory History Department. Read an excerpt featuring her contribution below, along with the full article: “Demanding a 14-day coronavirus quarantine is one thing, enforcing it is another, experts say.”
“Polly Price, a professor of law and public health at Emory University in Atlanta, said the problem with such pronouncements is that they bump up against U.S. citizens’ constitutional right to travel from one state to another.
“‘No state can prevent you from coming in,’ Price said. ‘What these states are doing is imposing conditions on that travel. When it goes from ‘we’re going to request that you self-quarantine for a period of time’ to ‘we’re going to arrest you or fine you if you don’t,’ that’s when constitutional issues become tricky.'”
Dr. Carl Suddler, Assistant Professor of History, recently published an article on The Brookings Institution’s blog. The piece is titled “There’s truth in numbers in policing – until there isn’t” and is part of Brookings’ “How We Rise” series. Suddler is also the author of Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York (NYU Press, 2019). Read an excerpt from his Brookings piece below, along with the full article here.
“At the heart of many police reform arguments is accountability. But to hold the police accountable for misconduct, data related to police violence must not only become more accessible, it must also become more reliable. But what if this is just not possible? What if we cannot ever rely on this data to be true?”
Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies and Associated Faculty in the History Department, was recently quoted in a New York Times article headlined “White Americans Say They Are Waking Up to Racism. What Will It Add Up To?” The article discusses white responses to anti-racism activists’ calls for systemic changes in U.S. society that go beyond dismantling racist symbols and language alone. Read the full piece here.
Dr. Alison Collis Greene, Associate Professor of American Religious History, was recently quote in an Arkansas Democratic Gazette article about debates around the removal of Confederate memorials in that state. Dr. Collis Greene is Associated Faculty in the Department of History. Read the excerpt that quotes Dr. Collis Greene below, along with the full article: “Arkansas statues fall, raising fresh debate: Some see now as starting point to tell all of South’s story.”
“History shouldn’t be an exclusively white space,” said Alison Greene, a religious-history professor at Emory University. “If you want to have your Confederate monument, that is fine, but tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
Dr. Walter C. Rucker, Professor of History, was recently featured in the virtual discussion “Observing Juneteenth: The Conversation Continues,” with Dr. Carol E. Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Emory’s Chief Diversity Officer, and Adviser to the President. Held on June 25, 2020, the event was sponsored by the Emory Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. In the conversation Rucker and Henderson discuss Juneteenth through the lens of slavery and slave resistance as well as freedom and liberation. Rucker’s works include The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America (LSU Press, 2005) and Gold Coast Diasporas: Identity, Culture, and Power (Indiana University Press, 2015). Watch the full conversation above or on YouTube: “Observing Juneteenth: The Conversation Continues.”