SouthBound: Mitch Landrieu On The South's Racial Divide, And How To Bridge It

Oct 30, 2019

Mitch Landrieu comes from one of the South’s most storied political families.

His dad, Moon Landrieu, was mayor of New Orleans for 28 years. His sister, Mary, was a U.S. Senator. Mitch was lieutenant governor of Louisiana and then mayor of New Orleans from 2010 to 2018. After leaving office he founded the E Pluribus Unum Fund to study issues involving race in the South.

He spent the past year traveling around the South as part of conversations in 28 communities involving segregation, equity, violence and other issues. The report that came out of that work is called “Divided By Design.” I talked with Landrieu about his report, and also about President Donald Trump’s recent comments comparing the impeachment process against him to a lynching.

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