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The Roundtable: Shaping Race and Gender Identity in America

In the development of racial self-awareness, some of the strongest signals have always been social.

A panel of guests from across the political spectrum joined Roundtable for a roundup on this summer's biggest debates, from abortion access to gun violence to transgender issues. In this segment, they discuss gender and racial identity.

Sharon Kyle, publisher of the LA Progressive, discusses her experience of how one's identity is shaped growing up in America. 

"What it means to be black is to receive constant messages from outside of you," she says. "Your sense of race and your racial identity identity is developed, partly because you are socialized to be black. I am informed of my blackness by strangers walking down the street. Partly it [also] comes from my family. Partly it comes from how I choose to self-identify. But I am unambiguously black. 

She continues, "If you took a DNA [sample] of me, you'll see there's a whole lot of other stuff in there, too. But it is the black part that I have been trained as an American that I'm black and I will never lose that imprint." 

Watch the full discussion below:

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Roundtable Guests:

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, LA Progressive

Taylor Ferber, Host, Cancel Me, Baby! Podcast

Conner Moore, Host, Politically Homeless Podcast

Adam Bulger, Host, Cinema Death Cult