Race and Racism in the 2016 Presidential Election

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:00pm


Jamelle Bouie

Chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine, and a political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, and national affairs. His work has appeared either online or in print including the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and The Nation.


The 2016 Presidential election brought issues of race and racism to the forefront of American politics and forced journalists to confront how to coer these topics without providing a platform for hate groups. Slate chief political correspondent and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie joins Communications Forum Seth Mnookin to explore how race and ethnicity framed the election and how journalists and content creators can improve coverage of these issues moving forward.  Co-sponsored with the Communications Forum.


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