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Responding to racism: Ladson-Billings appears on WISC-TV’s 'For the Record'

November 18, 2016

UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings was one of host Neil Heinen’s guests on the most recent airing of WISC-TV/Ch. 3’s “For the Record” program.

Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and InstructionEducational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

For the RecordThis most recent episode was called, “Responding to Racism.”  The program centered on UW-Madison’s response to controversy over a fan who wore a mask of President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck at an Oct. 29 football game at Camp Randall Stadium. Outrage over the costume and how the university handled the incident followed.

Joining Heinen, who is WISC-TV’s editorial director, and Ladson-Billings on the program was Rev. Alex Gee, a pastor at Madison's Fountain of Life Covenant Church and founder of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership and a part of the Justified Anger Coalition.

“The university has in some ways been in denial about the experiences of students of color,” Ladson-Billings told Heinen. “It’s almost as if it’s shocked that these things are happening. But they have been happening. They’ve been happening for some time.”

“This is endemic of a larger campus issue that makes something like that possible,” said Gee. “ … This is an atmosphere issue. This has impact on our city and on our community and on our economy.”

To learn much more, check out the entire “For the Record” program for free on this Channel3000.com web page.

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