ERASE Racism Hosts Three Public Sessions to Talk about Racial Bias in the US

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On July 12th, ERASE Racism will host three Brown Bag Sessions to discuss a very timely topic—the connection between racial bias and structural racism. While the myth that we have achieved a post-racist society is becoming more wide-spread, ERASE Racism's Race and Racism Dialogues raise awareness about the many ways that racial disparities still deeply affect people of color.

Participants from a past Race and Racism Dialogue hosted by ERASE Racism

Some have compared the beating of Rodney King to the recent killing of Trayvon Martin, in the sense that both tragic events revealed continuing racial bias in this country that is often ignored and at worst denied.

While the myth that we have achieved a post-racist society is becoming more wide-spread, ERASE Racism's Race and Racism Dialogues raise awareness about the many ways that racial disparities still deeply affect people of color.

On July 12th, ERASE Racism will host three Brown Bag Sessions to discuss a very timely topic—the connection between racial bias and structural racism. With the recent death of Rodney King, Americans have asked if progress has been made since 1991 when Mr. King was beaten by four Los Angeles police officers. The videotaped beating brought public attention to racial tensions in the U.S. Some have compared the beating of Rodney King to the recent killing of Trayvon Martin, in the sense that both tragic events revealed continuing racial bias in this country that is often ignored and at worst denied. The July 12th Brown Bag Sessions will help to facilitate a conversation about how individual incidences of racial bias relate to structural racism on Long Island and in the nation at large.

There will be three discussion sessions held on July 12th, so that participants can choose the time that is most convenient for them. The first session will be at 8a.m., another will be at 12p.m. and the final session will take place at 4p.m. Each session will last an hour and a half. ERASE Racism will supply coffee, tea, cookies and muffins for the morning session. These are “brown bag” events, so please remember to bring your lunch and any other food you might want. All sessions will be held in Syosset at the ERASE Racism office.

To learn more about the July 12th Brown Bag Sessions, please visit http://www.eraseracismny.org.

About the ERASE Racism Race and Racism Dialogues: The organization’s Race and Racism Dialogues are working to create an environment where talking about racism is no longer taboo and individuals feel empowered to create racial equity. Through trainings, forums, online communication and social networking, the organization keeps its supporters informed about issues related to racial disparities and solutions to create change.

About the organization: ERASE Racism is a regional organization that leads public policy advocacy campaigns and related programmatic initiatives to promote racial equity in areas such as housing, public school education and public health. It engages in a variety of research, education and consulting activities to identify and address structural racism, primarily on Long Island. In housing, it analyzes the practices and policies of both public and private institutions whose work affects fair housing and it advocates for changes in those practices and policies that are impediments to racial equity.

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