Members of the Racial Justice Initiative will meet on Saturday, August 14, under the Big Tent for its annual planning retreat. For more information, contact RJI co-chairs Ann Manning at 612-802-8513 or Barb Iverson at 612-309-3941.
#10 Citizen Thind. The story of Bhagat Singh Thind, and also of Takao Ozawa—Asian immigrants who, in the 1920s, sought to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that they were white in order to gain American citizenship. Thind’s “bargain with white supremacy,” and the deeply revealing results. Zoom discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
#11 Danger. For hundreds of years, the white-dominated American culture has raised the specter of the dangerous, violent Black man. Host John Biewen tells the story of a confrontation with an African American teenager. Then he and recurring guest Chenjerai Kumanyika discuss that longstanding image—and its neglected flipside: white-on-Black violence. Zoom discussion on Tuesday, […]
#12 My White Friends. For years, Myra Greene had explored Blackness through her photography, often in self-portraits. She wondered, what would it mean to take pictures of whiteness? For her friends, what was it like to be photographed because you’re white? Zoom discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
#13 White Affirmative Action. When it comes to U.S. government programs and support earmarked for the benefit of particular racial groups, history is clear. White folks have received most of the goodies. Zoom discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021
#14 Transformation. Seeing White. The concluding episode in our series, Seeing White, is an exploration of solutions and responses to America’s deep history of white supremacy. Zoom discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021
#9 A Racial Cleansing in America. In 1919, a white mob forced the entire Black population of Corbin, Kentucky, to leave, at gunpoint. It was one of many racial expulsions in the United States. What happened, and how such racial cleansings became “America’s family secret.” Zoom discussion on Tuesday, July 27, 2021