LIVE STREAM: Confronting Systemic Racism and Inequity

Helene Gayle, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Chicago Community Trust; Jonathan Metzl, Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University; Andrea Zopp, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Business Chicago. Moderated by Ertharin Cousin.

Confronting Systemic Racism and Inequity

Out of respect for George Floyd's funeral service, today's panel discussion "Confronting Systemic Racism and Inequity" has been postponed from its original time today, June 9, at 12:00 p.m. CDT. The program will resume tomorrow, June 10, at 330 p.m. CDT. We intend to honor his life, along with the countless others affected by inequity and injustice. 

You do not need to re-register for the program. The existing Zoom links in your confirmation notes are still valid and can be used for the new date and time. If you can no longer tune in to the discussion, it will be archived on our website and YouTube channel shortly following the conclusion. As always, it will be free to view.

Protests have erupted nationwide over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police. For many Americans, his murder is the tipping point in an especially difficult year, amidst a pandemic and economic crisis that has disproportionately affected the black community. In most cases, the uprisings are the result of generations of frustration, despair, and indignity imposed by pervasive injustice and systemic inequity. Join the Council for a panel discussion that will explore the racial disparities within health care, education, the economy, and the criminal justice system. Is our country listening and willing to make changes?

Copies of Jonathan Metzl's book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland (2019), are available for purchase by the Book Cellar at this link.

Speaker Bio


George Floyd Protests and Public Opinion, "Running Numbers," Chicago Council on Global Afffairs, Dina Smeltz & Brendan Helm, June 2020
Talking About Race, National Museum of African American History & Culture
[Video] Systemic Racism Explained, Act.TV
An Antiracist Reading List, New York Times, Ibram X. Kendi, May  2019
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, The National SEED Project 


3:30 p.m. CDT
Live Stream Begins

4:10 p.m. CDT
Q&A (Submit your questions to CCGA.LIVE)

4:30 p.m. CDT
Live Stream Adjourns