Fellows' Presentation

Telling Stories: Allegories on “Race,” Racism, and Anti-Racism

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Part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Camara Phyllis Jones RI '20

Free and open to the public.


Racism is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks (which is what we call “race”), which unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources. While at Radcliffe, Camara Phyllis Jones is developing tools to inspire, equip, and engage all Americans in a national campaign against racism. For example, her allegories on “race” and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. Her toolbox will equip both children and adults to name racism, ask “How is racism operating here?” and organize and strategize to act.