‘Race’ as we use it is not a biological category, not a way in which the forces of biology and evolution have divided up our species. There is no inherently biological reason that most starting running backs in the NFL are black or most CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are white. Nor is there a “natural” explanation for why race relations are often difficult, but there are lots of interesting social, political, psychological, and historical ones. Race and racism are completely intertwined and because of this, race is a tangible reality in our society. But race is not what most think it is. Racism pervades the very structures of daily life in the USA, and most of us are afraid to talk about race or racism in any depth or with any detail. Fear and ignorance surround the concepts and realities of race and racism. In an effort to tackle that this lecture engages what race is, what it is not, and why that matters.
Friday, March 1 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918