Candis Watts Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science & African American Studies. She is the author of three books and co-editor of another together. The most recent publications are Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter (NYU Press, 2019) and Racial Stasis: The Millennial Generation and the Stagnation of Racial Attitudes in American Politics (U of Chicago Press, 2020). Taken together, Smith is an expert in American politics, racial & ethnic politics, and social policy & inequality. She has written in academic scholarly journals as well as for outlets such as the Washington Post, and has presented at TEDx.
"We have no choice but to take direct action to put our bodies on the line because petitions, sign-waving, and chanting—we tried that for the past 50 years and it hasn't worked, and we're out of time," said one arrested activist.