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Jabari Asim celebrates the strength of black history & culture


  On this edition of Your Call, Jabari Asim discusses his new book We Can’t Breathe, which calls out racist “white lies” and replaces it with a story of black survival.

The collection of essays offers a portrait of a community that is resisting, surviving and flourishing despite centuries of racism, violence and trauma. He says love can’t conquer injustice, but strategy has a fighting chance.


Jabari Asim, associate professor of writing at Emerson College in Boston, former editor for the Washington Post, and the author of We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

Web Resources:

Madison 365: “We Can’t Breathe” Author Jabari Asim to Read from New Book in Madison Friday

ColorLines: The Race-Focused Books We're Reading This Fall

WBUR: Boston Author Jabari Asim Reimagines Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion On Stage


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.