Our next meeting is in 3 weeks on Tuesday December 8th at 7 PM at the Park Hill United Methodist Church at Montview Blvd and Glencoe St. in Denver. We will be meeting in the Santuary Parlor this month, on the left just inside the door from the parking lot.
Won't you please join us!.
Review of Ideas from “Between the World and Me”
Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a memoir directed to his teenage son with the title, Between the World and Me. It has become a best-seller and lots of people are reading and talking about it. In our December conversation we will explore several themes from his book.
Coates frequently uses the phrase “people who believe they are white,” highlighting the invention of race and whiteness and the impact it has on society. He also explores the significance of the Dream held so dearly by Americans, how it was built on the backs of Black bodies, genocide, and conquered land, and how this Dream has become toxic to everyone.
I hope you will be able to read some or all of Between the World and Me and notice which parts you have to wrestle with. I read it in a single weekend. (the Tattered Cover has 53 copies in stock at the Colfax Store as I write)
There are numerous online interviews and talks with Coates. You will find a March 2015 video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbT6s8OX_EQ
Our next meeting is coming up next week on Tuesday November 10th at 7 PM at the Park Hill United Methodist Church at Montview Blvd and Glencoe St. in Denver. We will be meeting downstairs (basement) in the Youth Lounge this month. In case you are not familiar, take the stairs just to the right inside the door from the parking lot.
Won't you please join us!.
Creating the World We Want
History has demonstrated that the racial disparities and separation we experience today are all the result of deliberate decisions made over and over again, resulting in institutions and structures that reinforce the domination/subordination paradigm. Different decisions can create a new set of outcomes. The November meeting will be the first in a series of discussions to explore new visions of how we can create the world we want instead of defaulting to how things are.
We will begin with a look at the Deep Values that shape the current age and the Emerging Values that are becoming increasingly evident. Then we will get encouragement from the words of activist Grace Lee Boggs. And finally, using small groups, we will explore our own personal visions of transformation.
The Spiritual and Psychological Impacts of Racism
On September 16th a panel discussion on “The Spiritual and Psychological Impacts of Racism” was held in Boulder. Three of the five panelists are regular members of the Second Tuesday Race Forum discussions: Dr. Bob Atwell, Norma Johnson, and Holly Fulton. The other panelists were Kenny Wiley and Dr. Deb Piranian. Several days before the panelists talked about this topic on a KGNU radio interview.
To listen to this thoughtful and insightful interview go to http://news.kgnu.org/2015/09/the-spiritual-and-psychological-impacts-of-racism/
You can find more information about this panel event, and other events in the series by clicking on the link below:
Radio panel flyer