Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Sharon Kyle
Friday, 7 p.m.
Let’s put Russia on the shelf for a moment and consider that a majority of white people voting in the 2016 presidential election cast their votes for Donald J. Trump. Let that sink in. Sharon did. As she read Kelly Lytle Hernandez’ book, City of Inmates – Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965, she saw that the punchline of the book “mass elimination” was somehow connected to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Join Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Sharon Kyle as they discuss the ways in which targeted populations have historically been marginalized, removed, contained, disappeared, and caged and the impact that has had on the progressive movement. The centrality of race in the progressive movement is the topic of this conversation. (Here’s a recent interview Sharon and her husband, Dick, conducted with Kelly.)
Kelly Lytle Hernandez is a Professor of History and African American Studies at UCLA. She is also the Interim Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. One of the nation’s leading experts on race, immigration, and mass incarceration, she is the author of the award-winning book, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (University of California Press, 2010), and City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Currently, Professor Lytle Hernandez is the research lead for the Million Dollar Hoods project, which maps how much is spent on incarceration per neighborhood in Los Angeles County.
Sharon Kyle is a former president of the Guild Law School and is the publisher and co-founder of the LA Progressive. For years before immersing herself in the law and social justice, Ms. Kyle was a member of several space flight teams at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she managed resources for projects like Magellan, Genesis, and Mars Pathfinder. Sharon also sits on several boards including the Board of Directors of the ACLU and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com.