105: Latino Sounds of Anti-Blackness with Fordham Law Professor Tanya Hernández



Racism is deeply complex and multifaceted, especially when a historically marginalized group can experience discrimination while simultaneously be discriminatory. Take for instance, the gunman (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mauricio-garcia-allen-texas-mall-shooting-suspect-what-know-rcna83242) who committed the 2023 mass shooting at an outlet mall some 25 miles north of Dallas; the arsonist (https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-sentenced-almost-25-years-hate-crime-burning-down-mosque-victoria-texas) who set fire to a mosque in Victoria, Texas; or the former national chairman (https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/05/politics/enrique-tarrio-sentencing-proud-boys-seditious-conspiracy/index.html) of the right-wing extremist group, known as the Proud Boys (https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/proud-boys) , and his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The perpetrators who carried out these tragic events were all Latino. What do U think would draw Latinos to harbor white supremacist views and why do U think extremist groups are, in turn, embracing them? Join us as I SEE U (https://iseeushow.org/)  host Eddie Robinson (https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/staff/eddie-robinson/) sits down with acclaimed author, Tanya Katerí Hernández (https://www.fordham.edu/school-of-law/faculty/directory/full-time/tanya-k-hernandez/) , for a provocative conversation that examines racial beliefs in the Latino community. Her latest book, Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality (https://penguinrandomhouse.com/books/706254/racial-innocence-by-tanya-kateri-hernandez/) , explores the challenges and complexities associated with race, skin color, stereotypes and cultural symbols that inform the interactions and prejudices of Latinos in the United States. The Fordham University (https://www.fordham.edu/school-of-law/) Professor of Law unpacks a misconception that Latinos could be exempt from experiencing racism or discrimination because of their background or ethnicity. Plus, she shares her vulnerabilities in how colorism plays out in her own family. As a Latino, and a Black woman with a leadership role in academia, Hernández also touches on the recent controversies at major universities, where Black women accused of being ‘diversity hires’ with radical race agendas are being pushed out of the workforce. Does she fear for her own job given her focus on race and the law?

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