Series Archive

The LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, in partnership with Southern University's Nelson Mandela College of Government & Social Sciences, Louisiana Budget Project, NAACP Louisiana State Conference and LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is pleased to present Racism: Dismantling the System, an ongoing series of conversations about structural racism and solution-oriented action toward equal opportunity and justice in our communities. The series will amplify the voices of community advocates, academics, journalists and more working for social justice in our nation and beyond.

Season One: Fall 2020

What is Race? Unpacking Racism in Our Structures & Institutions

In the inaugural episode of Racism: Dismantling the System, NAACP Louisiana State Conference President Michael McClanahan will moderate a conversation tracing the construction of structures and institutions built on racism in society from the earliest days of the United States. Local and national experts will explore the history of how racism has been built into the fabric of the United States from colonization to slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

Blackness and the Media Miniseries

In partnership with Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists and LSU National Association of Black Journalists

The Black Press: Advocating from the Beginning to Today

The first installment of “Blackness and the Media” will feature a conversation about the genesis of the Black Press, its advocacy role, the twists and turns of its existence, and ongoing fight to remain relevant during a time of increased media competition.


Justice For Us All: Black Journalists and Their Continued Fight for Accuracy, Representation and a Seat at the Table

This second conversation in the Blackness and the Media Miniseries will focus on Black representation in mainstream media outlets as journalists and decision-makers are paramount in the continued fight for racial equity and social justice.

New Media, New Rules: How Social Media and Digital Media Outlets Help Expand the Black Narrative and March Toward Real Systemic Change

The final installment in the Blackness and the Media Miniseries, Manship School of Mass Communication Assistant Professor Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, Ph.D., APR, will moderate a conversation about how social media influencers are leveraging their followers to champion social justice and equality for Black communities near and far.



Liberty and Justice for All: Fighting Voting Suppression Then & Now 

As we close out an unprecedented election cycle in the midst of a global pandemic and nationwide racial tension, the stark reality of voter suppression cannot be ignored. From states attempting to limit the number of ballot drop-boxes to hours long early voting lines, the 2020 Presidential Election brought into clear focus the inequities that have long-existed to keep people of color away from the ballot box. We will explore the past and current voter suppression methods and how these methods have disenfranchised minority voters throughout history as well as what we can do to begin dismantling voter suppression for all.

Season Two: Spring 2021

HBCUs and PWIs: The Importance of Both

In the spring premiere of Racism: Dismantling the System, join us for a conversation about the significance and continued importance of HBCUs in academia and our society. Local and national scholars will explore the relationships between HBCUs and PWIs and how both play important roles in educating students of color.

Race, Religion and the Moment We're In: The Religion of White Rage

The second episode in the Spring 2021 Semester which will feature an in-depth conversation focused on “The Religion of White Rage: Religious Fervor, White Workers and the Myth of Black Racial Progress.” This book, co-edited by Drs. Stephen C. Finley, Biko Mandela Gray and Lori Latrice Martin, sheds light on the phenomenon of white rage, and maps out the uneasy relationship between white anxiety, religious fervor, American identity, and perceived black racial progress. 


The Opportunity Gap: A Discussion About Healthcare, Economic and Housing Disparities in Communities of Color Part I

In Part I of The Opportunity Gap, we will explore the historical aspects of the economic, housing and healthcare policies that have led to enormous disparities among communities of color. From tax policies and banking practices that target Black and Brown communities, to housing discrimination and healthcare inequities, join us as we host economists and public health experts to explore the historical roots of policy decisions intended to keep communities of color from progressing in society.


The Opportunity Gap: A Discussion About Healthcare, Economic and Housing Disparities in Communities of Color Part II

New research shows that low-income families - particularly people of color - pay state and local taxes at a higher rate than wealthy, white families. This is not an accident. As the Louisiana Legislature convenes for a two-month session focused on tax policy, experts will detail the racist origins of the revenue structure in Louisiana and the South, and how this history manifests in the present day in the economic outcomes of Black Louisianans, including healthcare disparities and residential patterns. Scholars from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center and Louisiana Public Health Insitute will also explain how states can make their tax systems more equitable.