Conversations on Race: What is Racism?
March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cosponsored by the Abbot Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team
This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – see access details below
Access the Zoom event at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 15th by clicking tinyurl.com/Conversations-on-Race-APL or by dialing +1-929-205-6099 from the New York Time Zone (if you’re in a different time zone, find out what number to call at https://zoom.us/u/acjnB2vf8W) and entering the following information:
Meeting ID: 463 613 7679
On July 24th, 2019, The Atlantic Magazine published an article called “Racist is a Tough Little Word. The definition has grown and shifted over time.”
This is even truer today. There are several competing definitions of “racist” and “racism,” many from respected antiracism activists. This causes confusion and sometimes conflict among those of us who are working to be effective antiracists. Ibram X. Kendi recognized this as a problem:
“Definitions anchor us in principles. This is not a light point: If we don’t do the basic work of defining the kind of people we want to be in language that is stable and consistent, we can’t work toward stable, consistent goals. Some of my most consequential steps toward being an antiracist have been the moments when I arrived at basic definitions.” – How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi (One World, 2019).
To that end, we will look at some accepted definitions of “racism” and “racist.” Then we will move into breakout zoom rooms to discuss:
- What each of the definitions means to you.
- What definition (or another you are familiar with) you choose to define “the kind of people we want to be.”
- Why you chose that definition to guide your antiracism work.
We welcome people of all races and backgrounds to come together, to converse, listen, and engage. Our hope is that this will be an opportunity to learn and grow, by hearing, and reflecting upon, each other’s stories and perspectives.