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Friday, April 24 • 7:00pm - 7:50pm
[LEGACY] Anti-Racism for Writers & Others

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I will present an established theory & action of anti-racism aimed at white people -- the dominate culture in the U.S. We'll talk about the history of racism in this country, what it means to be an ally, and how the burden of dismantling racism is on the white community, not marginalized people of color. Current events have spotlighted the racism still inherent in publishing; several professional organizations including the Romance Writers of America and the Society of American Archivists have been dealing with the fallout of institutionalized racism in the past several months. Drawing on current publications such as "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo, we'll explore the difference between "not racist" and "actively anti-racist" and how to avoid unconscious racial bias in our writing & world-building.

This session is aimed at white people willing to explore the inherent racism in American culture, with the understanding that the burden of ending racism is on the white supremacist culture that created it. We'll be calling out examples of racism in current fiction & pop culture, exploring what it means to be anti-racist, and having an open discussion. This session is of course open to everyone, but BIPOC should be aware that there may be discussion of topics painful to those who have experienced racism in the U.S. Open racism will not be tolerated and we reserve the right to eject anyone who is unwilling to learn and grow during this experience.


Friday April 24, 2020 7:00pm - 7:50pm EDT
EMC I Located on the 2nd floor of the Executive Meeting Center

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