Capital READ: Let's Talk: Dealing Honestly with Racism

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Lectures, Special Events

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Adults, New Adults
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Program Description


A major theme of Nothing More Dangerous is racism and what it means to be prejudiced. Author Allen Eskens started the book in 1991 as a way to examine his own feelings about the prevalence of "subconscious racism," the quiet racism that comes out in sentences that begin, "I'm not prejudiced, it's just that..." The enduring reality of racism, both casual and overt, underlies the inability of many citizens to deal with our history in an honest way and to have productive relationships with fellow citizens.

In this program, Dr. Darius Watson and Delora Scaggs will engage in a conversation about what it means to be prejudiced and asking "the right questions" of ourselves--even when they're tough. Both are educational leaders: Watson is a political scientist and interim dean of admissions and enrollment at Lincoln University and author of numerous articles in political and popular publications. Scaggs has served for 23 years in the Jefferson City Public Schools, in the classroom, as a behavior interventionist, as assistant principal at Lewis and Clark Middle School, and now as the new principal of Thorpe Gordon Elementary School.