Race, Guns, and Gerrymandering: Youth Push for Multiculturalism in Tennessee, Mississippi
- Carol Anderson is an Emory University professor and author whose work focuses on race, guns, voter suppression and racial divides
- Justin Jones and Gloria Johnson, two of the youngest black lawmakers in the Tennessee House of Representatives, were reinstated after a protest against guns on the floor of the house following a school massacre
- Gerrymandering creates legislatures that are not representative of the people and limits their ability to address their needs
- The power of youth is pushing for a society that celebrates multiculturalism which scares those in gerrymandered districts
- Charlie Kirk argued last week that gun deaths are necessary for access to Second Amendment rights
- Nathan Bedford Forrest is being celebrated in Tennessee despite his involvement in slave trading, leading a Ku Klux Klan chapter and commanding at Fort Pillow Massacre
- Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has declared Confederate History Month while Jackson works to remove police control from its judicial system.
Widespread Attacks on History, Knowledge and Democracy: Young People Pushing Back
- The clip from the trailer of Professor Anderson’s documentary, I Too, discusses the Hamburg Massacre in which two white men demanded the disbandment and guns of a black state militia
- It links to the January 6th Insurrection and the coup in Wilmington North Carolina where a multi-racial government was overthrown by white supremacists
- Rhonda Santis is running for president on an anti-blackness, anti-LGBTQ and anti-women platform, pushing for a six week abortion ban, abolishing an African American Studies AP course and attacking Disney for its acceptance of LGBTQ folk
- These all demonstrate a pattern of attack on history, knowledge and democracy, as well as access to reproductive care and voting rights by raising barriers with the subtext of blackness. Young people are pushing back against this authoritarian recipe with a vision of what America could be.
Tennessees White Rural Counties: Disproportionate Power and the Ignoring of Major Legislation
- Professor Carol Anderson discussed the issue of gerrymandering in the United States
- She pointed to Tennessee being an example of a state where white rural counties have disproportionate power due to gerrymandering
- She also shed light on how this has resulted in gun safety legislation, reproductive rights, and the right to vote being ignored despite majority support for them
- Anderson highlighted the need for response from legislatures when young people are calling for gun safety legislation, noting that their responses were instead concerned with maintaining order and decorum.