Since the United States was founded, race has played a crucial role in our history and lives. Much of the wealth of our country was built by African- American slaves. It took a Civil War to end legal slavery and a bloody struggle in the 20th century to end racial segregation and most legal institutionalized racism.
Jews, historically, have played a unique role in the history of ending racial segregation and supporting efforts by the Black community to achieve greater opportunity.
So how do we Jews today, most of us of European ancestry, face race? How do we face racial injustice and the continuing inequality that the Black community faces today? How do we deal with the privilege that we retain as white people? How is “modern racism” different from “old fashioned racism?” How is racism manifested in our social, political, economic and financial institutions?
Come with your questions, ready to explore.
Recommended reading prior to first session, if possible:
Reading these during the course will also be effective
§ Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Download article at: https://goo.gl/Asg8aa
§ Valerie Batts, PhD (Visions-Inc.), Is Reconciliation Possible? Lessons from Combatting Modern Racism
Download article at: https://goo.gl/RDOiYh
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