NIOT Princeton

Next Continuing Conversation is 4/2/18



As many of you know, NOT IN OUR TOWN PRINCETON is a multi-racial, multi-faith group of individuals who stand together for racial justice and inclusive communities. Our focus is to promote the equitable treatment of all, and to uncover and confront white supremacy — a system which manipulates and pits all races and ethnicities against each other.

Our goal is to identify and expose the political, economic, and cultural systems which have enabled white supremacy to flourish, and to create new structures and policies which will ensure equity and inclusion for all. In our commitment to uncovering the blight of white supremacy on our humanity, we take responsibility to address it and eliminate it in all its forms through intentional action, starting with ourselves and our communities.

Our next general meeting, one in a long monthly series entitled “Continuing Conversations on Race & White Privilege” – is slated to take place in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library (65 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542) at 7pm on Monday, April 2nd. (These meetings typically take place on the first Monday of every month.)

In Crowns, a play written and directed by Regina Taylor at McCarter Theater, women weave faith and fashion together into an inspirational coming-of-age celebration of resilient, triumphant African American women, and their church hats.  Join us for Continuing Conversations to hear firsthand about the powerful journeys of African American women in our community, view their crowns and reflect on our own journeys. Please save the date (that’s Monday, April 2nd, 7pm), and think about who you might want to bring with you… these meetings are open to anyone who is interested in furthering the cause of racial justice.



The New Orleans’ Black Masking Indian Tradition, April 3, 2018


4:30 PM — Reception, 5-6:30 PM — Panel discussion
Forum, Lewis Arts complex, Princeton University

An exhibition of ceremonial suits and aprons made by Chiefs of New Orleans Black Masking Indian Tribes. This unique tradition maps intersections between African and Indigenous cultural practices. These intricately crafted suits take up to year to complete and represent some of the most exuberant costumes being made today. A panel discussion and artist reception on April 3 will feature Chief Demond Melancon of the Young Seminole Hunters and Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas Hunters.

Organized by Visual arts professor Jeff Whetstone, the exhibition is free and open to the public and will be available from March 25 – April 7, 2018, Hours: daily 12 noon – 8:00 PM



Implicit Bias and American History

illustrates how applying the social psychology concept of implicit bias to “historical studies of race, human bondage, and post-slavery, might . . . open new revelations and pose new remedies for the issue of race in the United States.”  In response to the comment on his essay that “a term like ‘white supremacy’ might be more useful as an analytical category for historians and social scientists (Yvonne Chireau), Sesay wrote, “I suggest that the science of implicit bias (rather than its unspecific public use) together with historical study could further help identify and explain how conscious and unconscious racialist formations help to perpetuate white supremacy.”  To read the complete essay, click here.

Immigration Panel with Rosa Clemente & Dr. Shirley P. Leyro, March 26, 2018


Julie Washington’s Quest to Get Schools to Respect African-American English

In his article in the Atlantic, William Brennan describes the efforts of speech pathologist Julie Washington to have schools implement code-switching between the dialect of African American English and standard English in teaching reading and in closing the black-white literacy gap.  She hopes to avoid the opposition faced by earlier proponents of Ebonics. “In presenting code-switching lessons as a way to ward off catastrophic reading failure, she says, advocates have failed to convey the upsides of speaking African-American English. In a recent paper, Washington points to research showing that fluent speakers of two dialects might benefit from some of the cognitive advantages that accrue to speakers of two languages.”  Read the complete article by clicking here.

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Panel Discussion on Youth Incarceration March 29, 2018

When: Thursday, March 29, 2018, 7 pm

Where: Princeton Public Library, Community Room

In the wake of the closing of two antiquated juvenile corrections facilities, a panel examines the future of New Jersey’s juvenile justice system. Panelists include social justice activist Rev. Charles F. Boyer, James Williams IV of New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) and Laura Cohen, director of the Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic and law professor at Rutgers in Newark.

Co-sponsored by the library and Students for Prison Education and Reform and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

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