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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 media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.