Melting under conditions of extreme heat is only undertaken with considerable suffering and loss, but generations of white Americans have felt the loss of forgetting to be worth it, if not a little bit because they would rather be what is melted than the pot.
Jason Purnell is an associate professor and director of Health Equity Works in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. He led collaborations that produced For the Sake of All: A Report on the Health and Well-Being of African Americans in St. Louis and Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide, both of which have guided the post-Ferguson conversation on racial equity and informed policy and practice. He is leading the COVID-19 Regional Response Team, a group of stakeholders addressing the needs of vulnerable populations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Posts by Jason Purnell
The story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.