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Community Conversation:How Not Seeing “Color” Actually Hinders Justice and Equality

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
12:00 AM
Sunward Cohousing Community Common House

Tuesday, January 22, Sunward Cohousing Community Common House

424 Little Lake Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Same agenda: Wednesday, January 23, 11:00 am - 2 pm, Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center  (on the Sheriff’s Department Campus) , 4135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108

Community Conversations are offered as part of the Understanding Race Project, an audience engagement effort launched in support of the RACE: Are we so different? exhibit coming to the U-M Museum of Natural History from February 9-May 27, 2013. Building on the 2012 series, the 2013 Community Conversations series will focus on issues of systemic racism, complexities of racial justice, and moving ahead of the “new racism.” January’s community conversation is entitled: Colorblind: How not seeing “color” actually hinders justice and equality. We often hear people adopt an approach of “colorblindness” and try to minimize or ignore “racial” differences.  “I don’t even see color.  We’re all just human and I treat everybody the same.”   This month, we’ll explore this approach of ignoring race.  Is it possible to truly be “colorblind?”  How has this played out historically in the U.S., and how does “colorblindness” currently affect systems of education, employment, criminal justice?   Could it possibly do more harm than good? We invite community members to share their thoughts through a facilitated conversation.  Please bring teens, a friend, your voice, and an open mind. Refreshments will be served. RSVPs are not required, but appreciated for planning appropriately.  RSVP to