After Orlando, it seemed like a really important time to foreground the stories, and the experiences, of the communities that become more vulnerable when this happens. We’re starting with a discussion of what it means to be Muslim in post-September 11th America, then a look at the surprising lineage of racist ideas in America. (Tomorow we’ll get into the history of the spaces the LGBT community carved out for itself, from gay bars bars and nightclubs, to where the trans people that weren’t welcome even there went: a cafeteria in the Tenderloin).
- Moustafa Bayoumi is a professor of english at Brooklyn College; his new book is This Muslim-American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror
- Ibram X. Kendi is a professor of African American history at the University of Florida; his new book is Stamped from the Beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in America