Racial Injustice Dialogues
February 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RACIAL INJUSTICE DIALOGUES to be offered at PCW starting January 2022.
DID YOU KNOW: Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies, like the Greeks, did not divide people according to physical distinctions, but according to religion, status, gender, class, even language. The English language didn’t even have the word ‘race’ until it turned up in 1508 in a poem by William Dunbar referring to a line of kings. Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait or even one gene distinguishes the members of one so-called race from the members of another so-called race. Skin color is only skin deep. The genes influencing skin color have nothing to do with the genes influencing hair form, height, blood type, musical talent, athletic ability, or levels of intelligence. The U.S. was founded on the radical new principle that “All men are created equal.” But America’s early economy was based largely on slavery. How could this anomaly be rationalized? The new idea of race helped explain why some people could be denied the rights and freedoms that others took for granted.
JOIN Susan Dougherty (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Carolyn Fleder (email@example.com) in dialogues on Racial Injustice every 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings beginning at 8pm for about 1 hour from January 5th to March 16th via Zoom to discuss these issues and many more.
Send either one an email to SIGN UP or to ask questions about the course.