May 7 2010

Gabriel Arana on immigration, Ron Daniels on Henry Louis Gates


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This week on CounterSpin: Arizona’s new immigration law has sparked national protests and a renewed political discussion about something usually called “comprehensive reform.” What that means is unclear, but the discussion about immigration seems to have moved to the right in some fundamental ways. Gabriel Arana from the American Prospect will join us to talk about that shift, and also how media depictions of border crime and violence are related to this political shift.

Also on CounterSpin today, when Harvard African Studies professor Henry Louis Gates published a New York Times op-ed arguing against reparations for slavery, because some Africans were involved in the slave trade, many—including some right-wing radio talkshow hosts—stood up and applauded. But what do other African American scholars and activists have to say about Gates’ column? We’ll talk to Dr. Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, and founder of the Haiti Support Project, about the Times anti-reparations op-ed.


—”The Immigration Enforcement Trap,” by Gabriel Aranas (American Prospect, 4/30/10)

—”Repudiating an Apologist,” by Ron Daniels (NorthStarNews, 4/30/10)