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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, May 4

May 4, 2021

First hour: Heather McGhee on her book, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together"

Second hour: An update on how the pandemic has affected rates of domestic violence and sexual assault

In her new book, Heather McGhee argues that America will not reach its potential until white people understand that racism hurts everybody. McGhee uses historical examples to make her case -- from the subprime mortgage crisis to the filling and closing of formerly all-white public swimming pools. Her book is called "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together." She'll be a keynote speaker at Monroe Community College on May 19, but first, she joins us on Connections. Our guest:

  • Heather McGhee, author of "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together"

Then in our second hour, according to a new report for the Council on Criminal Justice, during lockdowns, rates of domestic violence rose by an average of about eight percent in the U.S. and across the globe. The data represents people who were able to seek help. In October, we were joined by representatives from RESOLVE of Greater Rochester and Willow Domestic Violence Center to discuss how social isolation, unemployment, and stay at home orders were impacting victims of violence and assault. We reexamine the issue now, more than a year into the pandemic. We also discuss how to help people who may be seeking help. Our guests:

  • Mary Whittier, interim CEO of RESOLVE of Greater Rochester
  • Meaghan de Chateauvieux, president and CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center
  • "Marie", intimate partner abuse survivor