Forum: Racism in America

April 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

All are welcome to attend the SUSO-sponsored Forum “Racism in America: Things We Did Not Learn in School.”

With this forum, SUSO is embarking on a deeper dive into the history of racism in the US as a means of identifying new and more effective ways to positively impact our community.

Our facilitator, Martey Rhine, a white woman, will provide us with a brief overview of colonial European treatment of the Indigenous people, as well as the history of slavery, Black Codes, convict leasing, and Jim Crow. Martey, who brings a passion for racial justice along with 30 years of management and transformative mediation experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors to this presentation, will then guide us through some enlightening interactive exercises.

We are looking forward to learning how our racist systems were created and perpetuated. If we want to become allies in the pursuit of equity, inclusion, and racial justice, we need to become aware of how white people may consciously and unconsciously contribute to the continuation of racism.

This is challenging and critically important work that is long overdue, since it is exactly 400 years ago (1619) that the first slaves arrived in the colonies.

Even if you haven’t attended our other forums on racism, we invite and encourage you to attend. Bring your curiosity and your courage.

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