(Carson, Ca.) Eddie Glaude Jr., a New York Times bestselling author and NBC “Meet the Press” political commentator, will be the Dymally Distinguished Speaker during its Black History Month Anti-racism webinar “White People Only (and other practitioners of unconscious race bias): An Anti-Racism Workshop for Racial Reconciliation,” on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The webinar will be hosted on Zoom by the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute (Dymally Institute) at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), and the Dymally Institute advisory board.
It comes out of a campuswide charge by CSUDH President, Thomas A. Parham to move California State University, Dominguez Hills toward being a safe and fully inclusive environment in the aftermath of racially motivated police killings in 2020. The workshop is designed to facilitate authentic conversations where white people engage in solutions to deconstructing racist, anti-black and unconscious bias behaviors.
The webinar will include a workshop led by Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racist experts and writers in the United States. The workshop was created to help bridge the CSUDH campus community to the larger societal conversations around the subjects of race, racism, and racial reconciliation.
Dr. Anthony Samad, director of the Dymally Institute, said the workshop will examine why it can be difficult for many white people to talk about race. More specifically, racism that was “created out of a desire to discriminate, create a social pecking order, and confer privilege.”
“In terms of eliminating racism as a societal dilemma and reconciling the past, everybody needs to take a step forward and lean in on racism. We need to put as much energy in anti-racism as society puts on racism,” Samad added. “Nobody gets a pass for being an apologist for racism anymore. Passive resistance to racism is why it has lasted 400 years. The workshop seeks to help people become active anti-racists.”
About the Speakers:
Eddie Glaude Jr. is a professor and chair of the African American Studies Department at Princeton University. His most well-known books, “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul,” and “In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America,” take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face. Glaude’s most recent book, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own,” was released in June 2020.
Tim Wise has written several books on the topic of race in America, including “Dispatches from the Race War,” “Under the Affluence,” “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority,” “Colorblind,” and “Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama.” Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues.
To register for “White People Only (and other practitioners of unconscious race bias)” visit https://dymally-institute.csudh.edu/.
Contact: For more information, please call the Dymally Institute at (310) 243-2204.