LET'S TALK: Antiracism - Understanding Whiteness

  Dates & times
  • Wed, 07/15/2020 - 7:00pm
  Category Living Well
  Age Groups Adult


Antiracism: Understanding Whiteness, 7-9pm Wednesday July 15, 2020

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Whiteness and white racialized identity refer to the way that white people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the standard by which all other groups of people are compared. Whiteness is also at the core of understanding race in America. Whiteness and the normalization of white racial identity throughout America's history have created a culture where nonwhite persons are seen as inferior or abnormal. This white-dominant culture also operates as a social mechanism that grants advantages to white people, since they can navigate society both by feeling normal and being viewed as normal. Persons who identify as white rarely have to think about their racial identity because they live within a culture where whiteness has been normalized. - From the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian. "Talking about Race"


Why is it important for white people to think about being white? If you are white, you may even find the term “white people” off putting or jarring. What can white people do to support equity and racial justice for African Americans and other minorities?  Join us to talk about it!

Talking about racism can feel uncomfortable, but not talking about it allows injustice to continue. Join Wright Library and SURJ - Ohio (Showing Up for Racial Justice) for ongoing conversations about understanding and addressing racism in America. Everyone is welcome. All participants agree to be open-minded, accepting, curious, discovery-oriented, sincere, and respectful. Presented in partnership with SURJ -Ohio (Showing up for Racial Justice) 

Registration Required. These virtual events are interactive video sessions held on zoom. Registrants will receive an email invitation to the event.


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