Race, racism and the race to the White House: Cedric Johnson in conversation with Thomas Adams

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25 October 2016


The University of Sydney


Public forum

Crime, immigration, poverty, disenfranchisement, police brutality, inequality: no matter the proxy, race has been the undercurrent of almost every major campaign issue in the 2016 US election. Anti-immigration forces and white supremacists have become more visible at a time when the voting power of the Latino and African-American communities has never been stronger. But where does this political polarity lead? What are the long-term implications for how race, racism, and inequality have been mobilised in American political culture?

Cedric Johnson joined Thomas Adams to discuss the leading role race has played in the presidential election campaign and broader US politics this year. This event was jointly sponsored by the US Studies Centre and the Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme Support American Cultures Workshop.


  • Associate Professor Cedric Johnson
    Associate Professor of African American Studies and Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Associate Professor Cedric Johnson visited the US Studies Centre in 2016. He is author of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics.

  • Dr Thomas Adams
    Dr Thomas Adams
    Senior Lecturer in History and American Studies, University of Sydney

    Dr Thomas Jessen Adams was previously a lecturer at the United States Studies Centre. He continues to be a Lecturer in American Studies and History at the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. His research and writing focuses on political economy, labour, social movements, urban history, and race, gender, and American politics.


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