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“That’s Called Jim Crow”

Philip Gourevitch on America’s hypocritical interventions in Africa.

Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this fourth installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down Philip Gourevitch, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.

As his acclaimed book on the Rwandan genocide proved, Philip Gourevitch is as uniquely attuned to the complexities of life on the African continent as any American writer living today. In the clip above, Gourevitch recounts the story of a conversation with a Congolese man about American intervention in the region, and he goes on to argue that the U.S government’s hypocritically one-sided stance on international law is akin to a modern Jim Crow.