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Mass. scholars reflect on how Jan. 6 insurrection has affected democracy, racial justice

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WBUR, January 2022

The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol one year ago has contributed to lasting questions about the state of our democracy, the weight of disinformation in American society and progress on issues surrounding race. On WBUR’s All Things Considered, we asked three Massachusetts scholars—Ted Landsmark, of Northeastern University; Amel Ahmed, of UMass Amherst; and Ibram X. Kendi, of Boston University—to discuss the ramifications of the Capitol attack and where we are a year later.

Ted Landsmark

Landsmark is a distinguished professor and director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern. He’s a researcher with the university’s Institute on Race and Justice and a longtime civil rights activist. He’s also widely known as the Black man photographed as he came under attack by a white teen with an American flag on Boston’s City Hall Plaza in 1976. Landsmark was also punched in the face and injured in the incident, which took place during a protest against court-ordered busing and school desegregation in Boston.

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