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"The Racial Reality" Column Seeks to Move Readers to Act Boldly in the Service of Racial Justice

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Brian Tietz
Dr. Ted Thornhill, Photographed by Brian Tietz

A new column debuted on Monday in the Naples Daily News and the News-Press called "The Racial Reality." The columnist is Florida Gulf Coast University associate professor of sociology, and Director of FGCU’s Center for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Dr. Ted Thornhill. The preface to the debut, titled “George Floyd murder anniversary chance to do something meaningful,” says Dr. Thornhill's mission is to provide insightful and provocative analysis about racial matters of local and national importance. And that ultimately, he hopes to stir the hearts and minds of readers and move them to act boldly in the service of racial justice in Southwest Florida and beyond.

Dr. Thornhill has been a professor at FGCU since 2015, where he’s taught classes on Sociology, Social Stratification, The African American Experience, White Racism, and Racism and Law Enforcement.