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Continuing Conversation on Race and White Privilege: Monday, January 5, 2015

The next Continuing Conversation on Race and White Privilege will take place on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm at the Princeton Public Library.  Facilitated by Joyce Trotman-Jordan and Roberto Schiraldi, it will continue the focus on police attitudes and actions and the communities in which they serve.


No “Coat Check” for Privilege

white girl in cops face

Goldie Taylor wrote, in the Daily Beast, What Would Happen if I Got in a White Cop’s Face?

You can’t earn it and you can’t discard it. There is no “coat check” for privilege. And it often travels so lightly that you can forget you are clothed in its benefits….


Not In Our Town 2014 Activities Highlighted in Town Topics

Some of the 2014 activities of Not In Our Town earned mentioned in the December 31, 2014 issue of the Town Topics.

Freedom Summer

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and many in Princeton recalled their participation in the 1964 campaign to register African-Americans in Mississippi to vote. In  November, civil rights activist Robert Moses came to the John Witherspoon Middle School to launch the traveling exhibition “Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students” and speak to the community. One of the most influential black leaders of the civil rights movement, Mr. Moses initiated and organized voter registration drives, sit-ins, and Freedom Schools for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He led the campaign to bring a thousand volunteers — primarily enthusiastic young white supporters — to Mississippi to encourage African-American voters to register to vote, to provide education via summer schools, and to convene a more representative delegation to attend the Democratic National Convention.

Protests, Discussions, And Demonstrations

Demonstrations by teachers and some 20 placard-carrying protestors highlighting the issue of wage theft on Nassau Street in May, were followed by an August 24 rally protesting the fatal shooting by a white police officer of the unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The organization Not in Our Town (NIOT) offered concerned locals a chance to continue to speak about racism after the rally at the Princeton Public Library. Co-sponsored by NIOT and the Princeton Public Library, the special event, “Continuing Conversation on Race,” aimed to provide a safe and confidential place for frank and meaningful discussion in the wake of the rally that had seen well over a 100 protesters march down Nassau and Witherspoon Streets to Hinds Plaza. Before the end of the year, Princeton residents took to the streets again to protest racial injustice.

Daryl Atkinson: African Americans in the Criminal Justice System

Atkinson, a senior staff attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, speaks with Left of Black host and Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, Mark Anthony Neal, about mass incarceration and experiences of African Americans in the criminal justice system.  Worth watching especially for those planning to attend the Monday, January 5, 2015 Not In Our Town Continuing Conversation on Race and White Privilege (Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 7-9 p.m.) facilitated by Joyce Trotman-Jordan and Roberto Schiraldi.

Chicago Boy Asks Santa for Safety

This one will break your heart.  In response to a Chicago charity’s “Letters to Santa” program, a 13-year-old boy wrote a letter asking for safety.

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