[act-ma] 5/15, CCI Brown Bag: Is Colorblindness the New Racism? (Tues)

Janet Gillespie janet at communitychangeinc.org
Tue Apr 24 13:20:41 PDT 2007

Community Change Inc.
Brown Bag Anti-Racism Discussion Series 2007
Changing the Public Discourse around Race


May 15, 2007 (Tuesday)
Noon‹1:30 p.m.
Community Change Library on Racism
14 Beacon Street, Room 605
Boston MA 02108

The recent ³Facing Race² conference convened in NYC (3/22-24 2007)
challenged social justice workers to ³name,² ³frame,² and ³explain² the
continuing significance of race in contemporary U.S. society. Ty dePass,
activist, writer, and founding member of Greater Roxbury¹s D7 Roundtable,
will explore the growing contention over colorblindness or social justice.

Suggested readings: Toward a Structural Racism Framework by Andrew
Grant-Thomas and john a. powell

Please bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. $5 contribution
RSVP (617) 523-0555 or ernestine at communitychangeinc.org

The current public discourse around race assumes that we live in a
color-blind society where the American Dream is attainable by all
individuals who work hard enough. This deeply flawed discourse obscures the
racial disparities in employment, education, criminal justice, housing,
health care, etc. and provides a powerful but faulty rationale for leaving
our systems and institutions the way they are. The issues presented at the
Community Change Brown Bag Discussion Series are concrete examples of the
structural racism that affects the lives of all, most acutely communities of
color. The 2007 Series places these issues in their social/historical
context and gives attendees a truthful discourse, as well as ways to put
that discourse into action, in order to challenge institutional and systemic

Community Change, Inc 617-523-0555 www.communitychangeinc.org

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