On January 27. 2017, the District of Columbia Sociological Society (DCSS) hosted a scholarly talk at the ASA Executive Office by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology at Duke University, and the ASA President-elect. The talk was titled “Racism In TrumpAmerica.” His work in the last 20 years has been in the area of race, and he has published on racial theory, race and methodology, color-blind racism, the idea that race stratification in the USA is becoming Latin America-like, racial grammar, race and human rights, race and citizenship, whiteness, and the Obama phenomenon among other things. In his work, he contends that racism is fundamentally about “racial domination,” hence, racism is a collective and structural phenomenon in society.
Nancy Kidd, ASA’s Executive Director, welcomed the audience of more than 50 attendees to Bonilla-Silva’s talk and expressed her appreciation for the long-standing ties between ASA and DCSS. “DCSS is a key organization in keeping sociologists in the local area connected to one another,” Kidd said. “And ASA is honored to host what is now the traditional talk by our president-elect and we look forward to cultivating our partnership further in the years ahead.”
The ASA President-Elect addresses the DCSS membership each winter before their term begins the following August. DCSS attendees braved cold temperatures in downtown Washington to chat with Bonilla-Silva at a brief reception immediately preceding the talk and then engaged with him and each other in discussion afterward. The attendees included undergraduate students; to read their perspectives, see speak4sociology.org/2017/02/15/inspiring-the-next-generation-undergraduate-students-observations-from-dr-bonilla-silvas-talk-at-dcss/.