We Can’t Breathe

Conversations on Systemic Racism
June 21 & 28, July 12 & 19, 2020
2:00-3:30pm on Zoom

From our colleagues at the ASDIC (Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles) and FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collective) communities:

Join us as we respond to this historical moment.  In light of the murder of George Floyd and countless police killings of Black and Brown people, the world is reassessing the role of both police and society at large in addressing system-wide and structural racism. We wish to look at what this moment is about, how it connects to America’s history of systemic racism, and the forces that continue to sustain racism in Minnesota and the nation.

With the support of Professor Joe R. Feagin of Texas A&M University, along with Minnesota antiracist activists and scholars, we will host four 90-minute conversations with guest panelists over the summer, starting next Sunday.

Join us for one or all of these conversations. They’re free and open to the public. Learn more and register here.

Foundational Context

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

2-3:30PM CST

Introduction to immediate events: the complexities of Minnesota’s history with Native & Black communities, the Minneapolis police (history of reforms without cultural change), and the history of racial injustice in Minnesota. How is Minnesota a reflection of the United States’ history with race and other core issues?

  • Three 15-minute presentations by guests Melvin Giles, Elizabeth Tannen, and Beverly Bushyhead
  • 15-minute dialogue among speakers
  • 10-minute breakout session
  • 20-minute Q&A with speakers

Understanding

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

2-3:30PM CST

Joe Feagin will present with two local antiracist activists. How does the killing of George Floyd manifest the White Racial Frame? What is meant by systemic racism and how it is evidenced in the killing of black Americans? What is some of the relevant history here?

  • Three 15-minute presentations by guests Joe Feagin, Michael McDowell, and Leon Rodriguez
  • 15-minute dialogue among speakers
  • 10-minute breakout session
  • 20-minute Q&A with speakers

Actions Required

SUNDAY, JULY 12

2-3:30PM CST

Joe Feagin will present with two local antiracist activists. What are the political-economic causes and impacts of the Black revolts in Minneapolis? How should we understand the underlying conditions that caused them, as well as the police violence that precipitated the events?

  • Three 15-minute presentations by guests Joe Feagin, Kia Moua, and Sam Grant
  • 15-minute dialogue among speakers
  • 10-minute breakout session
  • 20-minute Q&A with speakers

The Way Forward

SUNDAY, JULY 19

2-3:30PM CST

What does a meaningful response look like? We will discuss police reform, addressing racial injustice and inequity in Minnesota. What would systemic change look like? What should be the community’s response?

  • Three 15-minute presentations by guests Ricardo Levins Morales, Autumn Dillie, and Chauntyll Allen
  • 15-minute dialogue among speakers following each presentation
  • 10-minute breakout session
  • 20-minute Q&A with participants

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