Mar 15, 2013 12:30pm - Mar 15, 2013 03:45pm
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Event Type: CLE
Uncovering the Myths that Keep Racism in Place
Racism is not a thing of the past. Discrimination is still a fact of life for many people of color and immigrants, especially in housing, employment and education. Being aware of and able to talk about race and racism openly is a first step to being able to address it. Join us for an interactive program with small and large group dialogue. View taped dramatic scenarios designed to help explore and understand perspectives and behaviors on the issue of white privilege.
More details below.
Presenter: Rowzat Shipchandler, Project Manager of the Anti-Racism Initiative at the Saint Paul Foundation
Time: 12:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Registration (& lunch): 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Building Training Room, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul
Credit: 3 Elimination of Bias Credits approved; # 176190
Cost (includes lunch): $70 RCBA members; $100 non-members
Racism is not a thing of the past. Discrimination is still a fact of life for many people of color and immigrants, especially in housing, employment and education. Disparities in income, education achievement and representation in the criminal justice system have been created and are maintained by the complex set of conditions and relationships that result in institutional and systematical racism. Being aware of and able to talk about race and racism openly is a first step to being able to address it during the practice of law and administration of justice.
This is an interactive CLE program that utilizes small and large group dialogue. Participants will view taped dramatic scenarios designed to help them explore and understand their perspectives and behaviors on the issue of white privilege.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
• Does the media mirror increase our resistance to facing race?
• What are white people’s stakes in facing race?
• Resistance in organizations and institutions.
• What are the myths?
• Myth of Meritocracy: Whatever a person ends up with must be what he or she has earned or deserved.
• Myth of Manifest Destiny: Whites have the right to the lands of indigenous people.
• Myth of White Racelessness: White people do not have a race, they are just “normal.”
• Myth of Monoculture: There is one American culture and we all experience it the same way.
• Myth of moral elevation: Whites assume it is natural for them to be in charge of the world and have an internalized superiority.
• How can we overcome resistance and create a new understanding that sustains rather than destroys the social fabric?
Featuring: Rowzat Shipchandler, Project Manager of the Anti-Racism Initiative at the Saint Paul Foundation. Rowzat has several years of experience working on diversity issues and anti-racism issues. She has been recently appointed to a three year term on the Minnesota Judiciary Racial Fairness Committee. Rowzat has also worked in the areas of affordable housing, evaluations and youth development. She has an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A.J. in Journalism and Political Science.