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Study Group with Trymaine Lee: Conditional Citizenship

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By Institute of Politics

Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:30pm

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Join us on Thursday, October 14 at 4:30pm ET for a Study Group with IOP Resident Fellow Trymaine Lee

Conditional Citizenship 
Black people in America have yet to enjoy the fullness of American democracy or citizenship. Whether it’s voting rights, the racial wealth gap, access to quality health care or education, the carceral systems or environmental issues, Black people continue to experience inequities that have been baked into American society. Not just baked in but reinforced and maintained by society.

The descendants of enslaved Africans in this country occupy a kind of citizenship that the law, the courts, the police and other systems respect only conditionally. The much-delayed citizenship of Black Americans has been under constant scrutiny, interrogation and attack in the years since it was legally codified in the 14th Amendment. And while freedom and democracy are core to the American story, Black citizenship, in its fullest sense, remains an aspiration, if not a myth. 

The perimeters of American citizenship have been defined by notions of white supremacy, and those boundaries are constantly reinforced. We ask what full Black citizenship looks like and ways to achieve it.

Trymaine will be joined by Jelani Cobb, Author, Journalist and Professor.

You must register through the form and a limited number of seats will be allocated for in-person participation. We will notify you at noon the day of the study group via your Harvard email whether you will be joining in-person or via Zoom. 

*AUDIENCE: These conversations are open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

*OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, all IOP study groups are off-the-record.

*The Institute of Politics is strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols. HKS buildings are closed to the public and attendance will be limited to the room capacity. You will be asked to show a Harvard ID prior to entry and doors to the space will open 10 minutes before the start time. Unvaccinated persons should make every effort to practice social distancing. Everyone must wear a mask indoors. No eating or drinking is permitted at indoor events.

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