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AU Newsmakers 3.30-4.6, 2018
Top Story
Black, White, and Asian: Three Reflections on the 1968 D.C. Riots
For the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, Michael Bader, assistant professor of sociology, spoke to WAMU-FM about the aftermath of the 1968 D.C. riots. Bader said, “There were very obvious patterns of white flight, where you would see a neighborhood that was nearly all white at the beginning of the decade be all black by the end of it.” Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center Ibram X. Kendi spoke to Deutsche Welle about King's legacy. Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to BBC about the anniversary. (4/4, 4/3)

Additional Features
The Press and the Trump Presidency
School of Communication Associate Professor Jane Hall moderated a panel that featured two AU alumni who are journalists on news media in the time of fake news and Donald Trump. The panel discussion aired live on C-SPAN 2. “We have in the president, somebody who has labeled all the media fake news and more ominously ‘an enemy of the people ,'” Hall said in her introductory remarks. (4/4)
How to Close the Income Gap
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, appeared on WNYC-AM's “The Brian Lehrer Show” to discuss race and the income gap in America. Kendi said, “Intention allows people who intend to discriminate to hide it, because it's easy to hide intention; it's not easy to hide outcome. It also, for those people who are unconsciously supporting policies that discriminate against people, it doesn't force them to come to grips with how their policies are leading to those outcomes.” (4/3)

Faculty Author
Cuba's New President: What to Expect
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, wrote an article for The Conversation about what to expect from Cuba's new president. LeoGrande wrote, “80 percent of Cubans have always had a Castro as their president. So the anticipatory mood is leavened by trepidation. People fear that change at the top could bring instability.” The article ran in 23 outlets, including Newsweek Online, WTOP-FM Online, and The International Business Times. (3/30)

Trump Muddles DACA Program in Anti-Immigrant Twitter Comments
Matthew Wright, associate professor of public affairs, spoke with Reuters about President Trump's tweets about DACA and migrants. Wright said that Trump's tweets were “not connected to reality,” noting that Trump had previously rejected Democratic offers to address DACA. The article ran in 19 outlets including The Voice of America. (4/2)
Pompeo Braces for Brutal Confirmation Fight
Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Foreign Policy magazine about Mike Pompeo's confirmation as Secretary of State, and the opposition to him. Tama said, “It's striking, because secretaries of state have historically tended to have strong bipartisan support.” (4/3)
Au Pairs, an International Class of Domestic Workers, Are Suing for Labor Protections
Washington College of Law Professor Janie Chuang spoke to Jezebel about her research into labor migration and the class-action lawsuit representing au pairs. Chuang said, “It's not that labor laws don't apply [for au pairs], it's that there's an impression created by the label of cultural exchange that they're not workers.” (3/30)
Power of Ad Money Weighs on Laura Ingraham
Scott Talan, assistant professor of communication, spoke with the Boston Herald about the advertiser and consumer boycott of Fox News host Laura Ingraham's show. “This hyper-politicalization of TV hosts, brands and advertisers — where everything is political and nothing seems safe anymore,” Talan said. (4/4)
The Alt-Right Is a Subculture Without a Culture
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, associate professor of sociology, spoke to Vice Magazine about how alt-right groups use fashion and symbols. Miller-Idriss said, “I think it's a way of blending in, of evading notice, of not being obvious, and that allows you to not have stigma at a workplace or wherever in a public setting.” (4/2)
Netanyahu Cancels Israel-UN Deal on African Migrants
School of International Service Professor Guy Ziv spoke to Voice of America about Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to suspend a deal to relocate African migrants to Western countries. Ziv said, “They're saying it would just encourage others to take advantage of Israel's hospitality and come there illegally and stay there indefinitely.” (4/3)

''Online, consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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