CNN Quotes Wasow in How 'good White people' derail racial progress

Monday, Aug 3, 2020

In a piece discussing how white people can advocate for real racial justice as opposed to symbolic efforts, CNN interviewed Omar Wasow, who focused on how housing policy is "ground zero" for racial equality. Professor Wasow's comments included reflections on local examples:

There are people in the town of Princeton who will have a Black Lives Matter sign on their front lawn and a sign saying 'We love our Muslim neighbors,' but oppose changing zoning policies that say you have to have an acre and a half per house. That means, 'We love our Muslim neighbors, as long as they're millionaires.'

Omar Wasow is an assistant professor in the politics department at Princeton University, and CSDP faculty associate. He also co-founded BlackPlanet.com and the Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School.