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Jun 5, 2020
So You Want to Talk About Race (rebroadcast)
Ijeoma Oluo with Charles Mudede

Across the past two weeks, we have seen a country crying out in pain and anger, in grief for the lives violently taken by the systemic racism that pervades our society. As with any traumatic event, that grief has yielded to work. More and more, we see people realizing that being ‘not racist’ can no longer be the goal – we must constantly work to be anti-racist. This weekend, Town Hall is re-broadcasting three programs from our archives to help foster understanding on the road to practicing anti-racism. We know that anti-racist work is never done; it is a constant process. We offer these as a resource to start or continue that work.
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Friday, June 5, 2020, 7:30PM

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Originally presented December 2017.

Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of African Americans–have made it impossible to ignore the issue of race. To guide us in discussing this difficult subject, Seattle-based writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo steps up with perspectives from her book So You Want to Talk About Race.

Joined in conversation by Associate Editor of The Stranger Charles Mudede, Oluo delves into subjects ranging from intersectionality to affirmative action to “model minorities.” Together, Oluo and Mudede navigate questions of race that arise in our daily lives. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? Join Oluo and Mudede for an honest conversation about race and racism, and how they affect almost every aspect of American life.

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in The Guardian, New York magazine, xoJane, Jezebel, and others. She is also an editor-at-large at The Establishment, and Seattle magazine named her “one of the most influential people” in Seattle.

Charles Mudede is a Zimbabwean writer, filmmaker, and Associate Editor for The Stranger. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, C Theory, and others.


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