I also found the Labbe-DeBose article interesting and relevant to our (PPL drop-in) discussion last week. In fact, I thought the whole PAW issue was worth reading.
Regarding our discussion last week, I felt that everyone there wanted to learn how to be a better agent of change and was looking for insights into how to be more effective in confronting racism.
In our next get-together, it might be useful to share our own experiences – in our schools, work places, faith communities, families – where we have seen aspects of racism and talk about how we responded – whether successfully or unsuccessfully.
In “Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege” on January 4 at the Princeton Public Library, some of the discussion focused on racial dialogue, or the lack of it, at Princeton University. Here is a Princeton Alumni Weekly article, written by Theola Labbe, on how a white student struggled to find interracial experiences and succeeded, in Melissa Harris Lacewell’s class. Excerpts below and for the complete article click here.
“But once she moved to campus, Hutton was disappointed to find that Princeton didn’t hold the key to forging friendships across racial and ethnic lines. Instead, she says, she found students in her dorm sticking together by their shared associations, and one of the factors that determined friendships was race. She found an opening on the academic side when her adviser suggested that Hutton take a course, “Disaster, Race and American Politics,” taught last fall by a new professor, Melissa Harris-Lacewell.“
“Hutton, the sophomore who wanted a diverse group of friends when she came to Princeton, says that the class has changed both her course of study and her perspective. She has decided to focus on issues of race and is taking a class on race and public policy. She finally has the more diverse group of friends that she sought when she came to Princeton, and she’s able to have more honest conversations with them about race. And recently, Hutton joined the board of the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding — as a “little activist in a pearl-wearing package,” she says.”
Not in Our Town will host the next “Continuing Conversations” is February 2, when the discussion will focus on Jennifer Baszile’s book “The Black Girl Next Door.”
Thanks to Carole and Joyce for emceeing such a good, indepth, probing session, “Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege” at the Princeton Public Library.
We were especially happy to welcome these participants: Dan, Elizabeth, Chrystal, Lisa, LeRhonda, Paula, Amy, and Roberto.
Just for the record, the regular NIOT board members who attended were: Carole, Joyce, Fern, Larry, Jim, Wilma, Kate, Linda, Marietta, and Barbara.
It would be terrific if we could continue the conversation on line. Anybody can put a comment on this post. Perhaps you have some additional thoughts about the problem Roberto posed.
To write longer, to put up your own post, just email me what you want to say and I’ll put it up. That works for now and I can “sign you in” to be a co-author later. Perhaps you have some additional thoughts about the problem Roberto posed.
Try to get hold of the Jennifer Baszile’s book “The Black Girl Next Door.” It will be the topic for our February Conversation on Monday, February 4, and Jennifer Baszile will speak at the library on Sunday, February 7. Our “Conversations” will continue on first Mondays at 7:30 through June.
Warm wishes for a cold January!
Larry sent this video to me and we thought this would be a good video to view for NIOTers. See everyone Monday, Fern.