June 05, 2020

Article at Michael on Authory

Idaho Public Television hosts discussion on race in Idaho amid nationwide protests

Here is an excerpt from an article about some of my work in community relations:

Idaho Public Television hosted a conversation on Idaho Reports Thursday about the role race and racism plays in Idaho.

In “Race and the Gem State,” host Melissa Davlin spoke to Boise State University professor Michael Strickland, former Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, who was the state’s first elected African-American legislator, her son, Idaho Black History Museum Director Philip Thompson, and Boise City Councilwoman Lisa Sanchez.

I added:

“It is a classic misconception — people are confusing racism with acts of hostility and newsworthy stories,” Strickland said.
“Racism is a feeling of superiority, and then there are acts of discrimination,” he added. “Those are the acts that take place, they are not always in the paper and are almost more insidious. It takes something that is visual sometimes like a murder for people to see that this is a symptom of underlying issues.”
See: https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoreports/

Source: Idaho Press Tribune, June 5, 2020.