This program originally aired on October 16, 2018.
Author Jabari Asim joins Tom in Studio A today. Asim is a former editor and columnist for The Washington Post and the Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis, the journal of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His 2007 book, The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why was acclaimed for its important and trenchant observations about race in America.
Asim’s latest book, titled We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival, is a collection of personal and political essays that continues his exploration of the complex dynamics of race, in particular around what he calls the “narrative combat” that white and black people engage in as they live and encounter racial inequality from vastly different perspectives.
[Asim spoke about his new book on October 16 at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, as part of their Writers LIVE series. Find out more information about the series here.]