Episode 236

How White Millennials Really Think About Race

May 3, 2022

Millennials are often seen as a progressive-minded generation – as 80’s and 90’s kids, they grew up in a digital landscape that exposed them to a diversity of perspectives. But while expectations were high that this generation would be on the frontlines in the fight for racial equality, recent research by  Associate Professor of Political Science Candis Watts Smith paints a different picture. During our conversation, Professor Smith discussed how white millennials really think about race and the ways in which their views and beliefs have largely halted progress for Black Americans and other racial minorities in the United States. 


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