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The Roundtable: Is Racial Progress Real?

Different indicators tell disparate stories about the persistence of racism in the United States. Which ones tell the truth—or do they simply tell different truths?

Joy Villa, Sharon Kyle, Taylor Ferber and Nick Hamilton joined Roundtable to discuss recent controversies around gender and race in media. In this segment they talk about whether racism in the United States is getting better or worse.

Nick Hamilton maintains that "systemic racism continues to persist" in the U.S.

"Some people really thought that it was actually over during the Obama administration because we had a black president," he says. "Racism subsequently got worse over those eight years and it continues to get worse."    

Acclaimed musician and producer Joy Villa disagrees, noting that her own success exemplifies the expanded opportunity for Black people in America.

"I am a Black woman and I own my own media company," she says. "I'm not saying that racism doesn't exist and that life is perfect, but it's getting better, not getting worse." 

"The fact that I have more opportunities than my black mom, my black grandma, and my black great-grandma shows that things are getting better."

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Joy Villa, Billboard Top 200 Artist, Producer

Taylor Ferber, Host, Cancel Me Baby Podcast

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, LA Progressive

Nick Hamilton, Founder, Nitecast Media