Defending Black Progress from the Right

October 22nd

Agenda - October 22, 2020

Morning Plenary 

Defending Black Progress from the Right

HOW DO WE SUPPORT BLACK GAINS, while safely defending ourselves from the social wedges that prevent us from tapping into the empowering diversity of our community?

Sessions 

Addressing Immigrants and Refugees in America 

During the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, Black Americans won the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 abolishing the race-based immigration quota system. Ever since, white nationalists have worked to wedge Black Americans and immigrant and refugee communities against one another, even though Black immigrants and refugees face disproportionate bias within the immigrant and refugee system. This session will explore the origins of the anti-immigrant movement, the impact of unconscious racism on Black immigrants and refugees and how the anti-immigrant movement attempts to wedge communities against one another.

Gender, Misogyny, Transphobia, Homophobia

Homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism have adverse effects on all members of our society.  Homophobia and heterosexism come in various forms from overt discrimination to more subtle forms, which include denial that they exist and when that marginalization is based both on race and sexual orientation, the effects may bedevastating. This presentation explores how far right organizing of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism shapes and molds the views of Cisgendered Blacks and drives self-hatred and intra-communal bigotry within the African-American community.

Closing Plenary Keynote 

What Do We Do Now?

What does it mean to make a commitment to Black America? How can we have healthy and proactive conversations with the Black community to counter authoritarianism and hate violence? What can we do to make this dialogue a priority especially now leading up to the election? Together, we need to strengthen and understand authoritarian and anti-democratic movements happening in our own communities and explore concrete ways to be leaders in these conversations.

 

This convening will not be recorded and is free to attend.

LINKS 

Brooks and Ward recently wrote an opinion piece addressing the issues being raised during this three part SPLC virtual convening.

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