On Tuesday, July 28, 7-9 p.m., join a discussion of chapters 3 and 4 of Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today, a fascinating new book on race in America that begins with an exploration of the moment in time when “white people,” as a separate and distinct group of humanity, were invented through legislation and the enactment of laws. The book provides a thorough examination of the underlying reasons as well as the ways in which “white people” were created. It also explains how the creation of this distinction divided laborers and ultimately served the interests of the elite. The book goes on to examine how foundational law and policy in the U.S. were used to institutionalize the practice of “white people” holding positions of power. Finally, the book demonstrates how the
social construction and legal enactment of “white people” has ultimately compromised the humanity of those so labeled. The evening will also include activities from the book White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training. Free and open to the public.
Location: Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Lounge, 1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor, 48105.