What Does "Racism" Mean Today?

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: A protester holds a sign during a demonstration against the immigration ban that was imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Some critics have called President Trump's "America First" rhetoric "racist." Same with his executive orders to build a wall along the U.S. Mexico border or ban refugees from Muslim-majority countries. At the same time, others have questioned how protectionist policies are actually racist ... prompting us at Forum to ask: what does "racism" really mean today? In this hour, we take a closer look at racism in a politically divided and diverse America.


Nikki Jones , associate professor in African American studies, UC Berkeley

Catherine Orr, professor and chair of Critical Identity studies, Beloit College

Pedro Noguera, professor of education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; executive director, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools