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Elwood Watson is Professor of History and African American Studies at East Tennessee State University. His latest co-authored book is Violence Against Black Bodies:An Intersectional Analysis of How Black Lives Continue to Matter (Routledge Press, 2017). He is the author of Outsiders Within: Black Women In The Legal Academy After Brown V. Board (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008). He is the editor and co-editor of several volumes including Generation Speaks: Voices from Academia (Scarecrow Press, 2013), Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color (Routledge, 2015), The Oprah Phenomenon (University of Kentucky Press, 2007), Performing American Masculinity: The Twenty First Century Man in Popular Culture (Indiana University Press, 2011). His most recent co-authored book is HBO Girls: The Awkward Politics of Gender, Race and Privilege (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015). He was the special guest editor for a special issue of the journal Intellect entitled Masculinity in the 21st Century. He is currnetly working on two books , one that looks at race in the present day and the other that looks at masculitny in the present.

Mr. Watson was live on our show talking about his latest book Violence Against Black Bodies:An Intersectional Analysis of How Black Lives Continue to Matter.

During our conversation, he talked about:

– Some of his background
– The story behind the book
– Have Black bodies ever mattered in American history?
– The different forms of violence against Black bodies and the impact that the media has on violence against Black bodies
– His thoughts on the current status of Black lives and the American criminal justice system and #BlackLivesMatter
– Are racial tensions higher in America greater today than anytime in its history?
– What should be done to help Black America
– The relationship between economics and the value of Black lives
– The state of Black leadership in America today andthe effect that integration on Black lives

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