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Mass. Scholars Reflect on how Jan. 6 Insurrection Has Affected Democracy & Racial Justice

Amhel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion, along with two other scholars asked to discuss the ramifications of the Capitol attack and where we are as a society one year later. “There are always forces within the political system that would be fine taking power by force rather than through the electoral process,” she says. “Where I would focus my attention is on the much greater number of individuals who aren't necessarily stuck in that position but have that doubt planted in their head — because that’s where you get numbers giving air to these conspiracy theories and giving air to a narrative that really delegitimizes the mechanisms [of democracy and elections].” (WBUR All Things Considered, 1/6/22)

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