Portland Press Herald

For the most recent installation in its series “Ask Me,” the Portland Press Herald reached out to Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, for her thoughts on the question: When will life get back to normal? Gilkes believes that “Normal, as we once knew it, will never be the same.” Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the racial unrest spurred from the George Floyd murder, there’s a new level of consciousness. “The new normal, I think, will be a higher level of self-education, and a higher level of consciousness about race and racism, especially among white people in America.”

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