Racial Justice Study Group

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Date(s) - 05/14/17
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Emerson UU Church

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ta-nehisiIn 2008, when the United States elected its first black U.S. president, many Americans celebrated the prospect that our country was at last becoming a “post-racial” society. A poll taken soon after that year’s elections found that 70 percent of Americans believed race relations would improve under Barack Obama’s presidency. Today, however, a little more than eight years later, it seems safe to say that few people hold those same views. In many respects, it feels that racial tensions have become much worse and that, especially since the 2016 elections, racism has become acceptable again in some parts of the public sphere.

In January, Emerson Justice Advocates launched a new educational program, the Racial Justice Book Study Group, to examine and discuss some of the issues and problems underlying racism, its history and institutionalization, and racial injustice in America. On April 2, the group will begin discussing its second book selection. Winner of the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction, Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, portrays the plight of the African-American male in contemporary America.

We invite all who are interested to join us in our study and exploration of the books we’ll be discussing in this program. Future titles will be announced soon. The group meets at 10 am in Room 204. No meeting on Easter Sunday, April 16.

Participants are encouraged to read the current selection before the first discussion session on April 2. Orders placed with Amazon.com through a link on the Emerson website will benefit Emerson UU Church. http://emersonhouston.org/giving-overview/donate-while-you-shop/

Racial Justice Study Group

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/14/17
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location
Emerson UU Church

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The Racial Justice Book Study Group meets at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, Room 204. The group will discuss Birth of a White Nation by Jacqueline Battalora, 2013. (Available in paperback or on Kindle from Amazon.com.)

It is often assumed that a category of humans referred to as “white people” has always been recognized and labeled as such. Historical evidence, however, tells us that there was a specific time, identifiable in law, when this label became a common reference. Jacqueline Battalora’s book explains how, when, where, and why this category of humanity was created and examines the meanings assigned to the group through U.S. law and policy.

Battalora presented “Birth of a White Nation” as her keynote address at the 2014 White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. A PDF of the text of her address is available at “Birth of a White Nation“. Click on the PDF link at bottom of page.

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In January, Emerson Justice Advocates launched an educational program, the Racial Justice Book Study Group, to examine and discuss some of the issues and problems underlying racism, its history and institutionalization, and racial injustice in America.

We invite all who are interested to join us in our study and exploration of the books we’ll be discussing in this program. Future titles will be announced soon. The group meets at 10 am in Room 204.

Participants are encouraged to read the current selection before the first discussion session of the month. Orders placed with Amazon.com through a link on the Emerson website will benefit Emerson UU Church. http://emersonhouston.org/giving-overview/donate-while-you-shop/