As Slate’s chief political correspondent, Jamelle reports from the front lines of the nation’s most significant news events, from civil unrest to political partisanship, and has emerged as a leading voice on U.S. politics, public policy, elections and race. In 2015, Forbes named him to its “30 Under 30 in Media” list as one of the individuals driving the ever-shifting landscape of news and content.
As a political analyst for CBS News, Jamelle regularly contributes to the weekly roundtable discussion on “Face The Nation,” and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, TIME and The New Yorker.
Jamelle stimulates provocative yet much-needed thinking on critical national affairs issues, helping audiences analyze current events through the lens of human history and in the age of social media. He deftly illustrates how the past reveals itself in the present, and how policy-makers, citizen activists and cultural influencers can seize the power of information to make a difference.
SPEECH TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS
The Civil Rights Movement Today: A Second Redemption?
Fifty years ago, the civil rights movement won its biggest victory—the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Three years later, after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, it won a second major bill—the Fair Housing Act. From the perspective of then, the future looked bright for black Americans. And to an extent, it was. For the first time, America saw a large and vibrant black middle class. Black professionals rose through the ranks and black politicians won office. We elected a black president. But each step for progress brought a backlash, from limits on affirmative action policies to a slow eroding of key civil rights laws, culminating in the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder, gutting a key section of the VRA. The last expansion of civil rights before the 1960s, Reconstruction, also saw a backlash, called Redemption. And the shape of that backlash is similar to the one we have now. Is the present period a second Redemption? And what does that mean for our future?
The Origins of Black Lives Matter
Chronologically, Black Lives Matter begins with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But if we’re thinking broadly—in terms of black Americans’ relationship to their country—then “Black Lives Matter” began with the U.S. government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. With images of profound—and preventable—black suffering in the national eye, black Americans saw a profound loss of faith in their country. Electing Obama changed things, but just for a little while. The story of black public opinion since Katrina is the story of growing pessimism and dismay. What exactly is that story, and how could we change it?
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- Recent article discusses the long and ambivalent relationship history between our country and the African Americans in the military
- Jamelle Bouie contributes his reflection on the violence in Charlottesville
- Recently offered his take on the sexual assault allegations regarding the Alabama Republican candidate for US Senate.