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Watch: Linguistic Anthropologist Jonathan Rosa '03 Discusses Immigration and Race on MSNBC

Melissa Harris-Perry: Evaluating the notion of a “war on whites”

Jonathan Rosa '03 appears on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC to discuss an alleged “war on whites” that U.S. Representative Mo Brooks claims Democrats are waging. Rosa places Brooks’ comments in the framework of the broader depoliticalization of race and racism.

“To understand these comments," he says, "you have to enter this alternate racial reality where there is this war on whites where talking about race is what divides people rather than racial inequality.” Rosa, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is joined in conversation by Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of “Democracy Now!”; Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science at the University of Michigan; and Kai Wright, editor-at-large at

Jonathan Rosa '03 graduated from Swarthmore with majors in linguistics and educational studies. He is featured in a July 2013 Bulletin profile

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