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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

'Race' Helps History Colorado Start A Hard Conversation

By Carrie Saldo

why talk about race

One of many questions posed by the exhibit 'Race: Are We So Different?'

Carrie Saldo Arts District

 

Fuzzy Logic is a subset of quantum physics that dismisses binaries – black or white – and instead places a premium on the shades in between. Having devoted much of the past two decades to improving race relations that reasoning speaks to Harold Fields, host of the Second Tuesday Race Forum.

"There are social differences that become invisible and unknown to those who don't have to deal with it," Fields said.

Since 1997, the Second Tuesday Race Forum has been a place for people of all races to share their experiences and discuss the fuzzy logic that surrounds the concept of race. That experience will guide Fields as he moderates What Does the Science Say? for History Colorado, the first in a series of events tied to the museum's hosting of the nationally travelling exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?

 

"We are, as a species, much more similar than members of other species," Kathryn Hill, History Colorado Chief Operation Officer observed. "We come from a common ancestor."

The exhibit uses biological, cultural and historical evidence to explore race – one of the most divisive facets of American society – and presents facts often glossed over by revisionist history.

"I believe that [museums] are trusted gathering places for people to look at … the successful parts, but also the really difficult parts of human history," Hill said. "And to think about those stories, and to think about our stories relative to theirs and to imagine ways that we're going to, as individuals, and as communities, build a better world."

Questions posed within the exhibit encourage patrons to consider and share their beliefs on a number of race-related issues.

One interactive display plays a variety of male and female voices on a loop. It challenges patrons to match those voices to faces displayed screen.

A three-ringed binder with note cards rests on another display.

"If you want a Native American 'mascot' to represent your school, base the mascot on the real history of the tribe in your area," wrote one patron anonymously responding to the use of "Indians" as sports mascots.

As a white woman, Hill said she has the privilege of living her daily life differently than a person of color - without considering her race.

"How wealth has been accumulated, how people have been educated in this country, how we congregate socially, all of those things are profoundly rooted in race," Hill said.

It is her hope that the exhibit becomes an entry point for broader community discussion about race. That's why the museum is hosting several events, such as the discussion forum Harold Fields' is slated to moderate.

Taking stock of history, Fields said it could seem only small steps have been made toward a more equal America.

150 years after slavery and 60 years beyond the civil rights movement, race-related violence persists. One African-American and no women have been elected to the highest offices in the land.

Fields said he embraces those facts as a key to moving forward.

"We need to challenge ourselves to see those things, learning more about things hidden in plain sight," Fields said. "I like to take the word impossible – the letters right in front of you – change that to 'I'm possible.' It's the same letters but a whole other way of looking at it."

Arts District is a collaboration of KUNC, RMPBS, and KUVO.

Here is a link to the webpage for this Arts District radio Promotion. In includes an audio recording of the Arts Dirstrict promotion:

 http://www.kunc.org/post/race-helps-history-colorado-start-hard-conversation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Noj2nGx2jNg&feature=youtu.be

 

FILM

Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Vincent Harding

 

Sunday, August 24 - 2:00 pm           Mercury Café, 2199 California St.

Spirit of Struggle -- Our Work for Liberation Continues

A videotape of a dialogue between these two celebrated civil rights activists. This event occurred in Denver to commemorate the Loretto Community's 200th year Jubilee.

Moderator: Brother Jeff

$5 suggested donation

Dr. Angela Davis: Scholar, political activist, educator. In the late 1960s Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, tried to have her banned from teaching anywhere in the state of California. He failed. Recently Davis retired from the University of California at San Diego. Committed to the prison rights movement and calls for the abolition of the prison-industrial complex.

The late Dr. Vincent Harding: Historian, political activist, educator. Close ally of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wrote the first draft of King's renowned speech opposing the Vietnam War at Riverside Church, New York City. Harding was the first Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Central for Social Change, and was the Founding Director of the Institute of the Black World, both based in Atlanta. Retired from the Iliff School of Theology, based at the University of Denver.

This event is sponsored by the Colorado Committee on Africa and the Caribbean, Critical Social Issues and the Service Learning Center at Regis University.

Contact: (303) 329-5881

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