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Saturday, February 3 • 10:15am - 11:00am
Righting the wrongs of racism

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How do we make amends for crimes of the past? How do we reconcile the divisions they’ve caused? The idea of reparations, long debated and seldom enacted, has regained currency in American public life, especially since the publication of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2015 essay in The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations.” To discuss the issue, we bring together a journalist who has extensive experience covering Indian country, a leader in the Japanese-American community, a writer and conceptual artist, and a professor whose research has taken her deep inside the question of state apologies for sins of the past.

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Marcus Harrison Green (Moderator)

Marcus Harrison Green is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the South Seattle Emerald. He regularly writes about South Seattle personalities, social movements, juvenile justice and American society. He is also a columnist for the Seattle Weekly, former scholar-in-residence at... Read More →
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Angelique Davis

Angelique M. Davis is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global African Studies Program at Seattle University.  Her research concentrates on Black motherhood, apologies and reparations, the socio-legal construction of race, political representation of nonwhite Americans, and the reinvention of White Supremacy in the 21st century. She is currently working on a book project titled, "From Mamie Till to Maria Hamilton: Black Mothers' Quest for... Read More →
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Tom Ikeda

Tom is the founding Executive Director of Densho. During the past 21 years, he has conducted over 230 video oral history interviews with Japanese American elders, created online and classroom curriculum, trained over 1,000 teachers, and helped design Densho’s award winning website. Prior to Densho, Tom was a Microsoft General Manager in the Multimedia Publishing Group. He has received numerous awards for his historical contributions, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award for Education, and the Microsoft Alumni Integral Fellows Award.Densho is a Japanese term meaning “to pass on to the next generation,” or to leave a legacy. Densho uses digital technology to preserve and share the stories of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Densho presents these materials and related resources for their historic value and as a means of exploring issues of democracy, intolerance, wartime hysteria, civil rights and the responsibilities of citizenship in our increasingly global... Read More →
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Natasha Marin

Natasha Marin is a conceptual artist and independent consultant primarily focused on digital engagement and community building. Natasha uses social media to find, connect, and build alliances among individuals, communities, and organizations. Her work has been written about in Th... Read More →
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Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant, the former editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. He is an independent journalist and a member of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Trahant was recently elected... Read More →