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Recap: Can we talk about Obama and Race?


By admin - Posted on 16 March 2012

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"A strong crowd of attendess arrived early to hear from the knowledgable panel members, anticipating a thought-provoking discussion on Monday evening at Suffolk University's Law School. If you were unable to attend the very informative “Obama and race” event presented by Community Change, be sure visit their website to learn about this initial discussion.

Articles written by the panelists offered valuable perspectives to help us create a political analysis. It is up to all of us to ensure that our point of view incorporates a racial lens. Even among many anti-racist white allies and progressives, this have been absent. Unrealistic expectations that would never have been inflicted on others in the highest office, are being used to cast judgment.  Likewise, selective forgetfulness about what has been accomplished during this presidential term, and the frightening Republican alternatives.

Our futures are at stake, and it is imperative that we continue the dialogue and work together toward a common goal."

-Karla Nicholson, Executive Director of the Haymarket People's Fund

Below you will find the powerpoint slides as well as videos of the evening.  You can find the panelists' articles and additional resources at Community Change 's Resource Guide on Obama & Race.

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