Based on Dr. Karen Gaffney’s book Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox, this workshop will debunk 3 false racial myths that continue to perpetuate racism today. These myths include the false beliefs that race is biological, that race, including whiteness, has always existed, and that systemic racism is no longer a serious problem. The systems that surround us, from the media and popular culture to education to the criminal justice system, all contribute to perpetuating these myths through explicit and implicit messages. How can we discredit these myths and apply an anti-racist mindset to work toward racial justice? The presentation will include time for discussion.
About the Presenter: Dr. Karen Gaffney is Professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. She serves on the steering committee for the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition in NJ, cofacilitates the Community Course on Racism, based in Somerville, NJ, and shares resources on her blog Divided No Longer (available at www.dividednolonger.com). Her book, Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox (published by Routledge), is an accessible and interdisciplinary introduction to race and racism with tools for action.
This event is in celebration of Black History Month and is part of the Roxbury Library’s ongoing Common Grounds series presented by the Library and the Common Grounds Team, which explores and facilitates civil conversations on race, political beliefs, gender, creed and more, celebrating diversity in Roxbury.
Register online or by calling the library at (973) 584-2400.