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The Interview: Race and Reconciliation

When we reduce racism to a matter of individual morality, we fail to reckon with its institutional legacy.

Last week, Oklahoma State University assistant football coach Cale Gundy resigned after an incident in which he read the N-word aloud from a student's iPad. The backlash has become part of the wider ongoing debate around race, language and cancel culture. Sharon Kyle of the LA Progressive tells Roundtable that the coach's resignation raises "deeper issues" about dialogue and reconciliation.

Kyle says she does not believe Gundy's resignation contributed to what might have been a teachable moment. 

"It leaves us in a situation where we shut down the conversation, and the country still does not move any further along," she says.

Kyle recalls that such incidents tend to end in consequences for individuals, but they rarely bring about a wider reckoning.  

"Paula Dean said some things that she shouldn't have said, so she lost her show," Kyle adds.  

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"Instead of shutting people up, firing them, making them retire, we should use these opportunities to bring the country closer to where we say we are."

Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, LA Progressive