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Dismantling Racism | Racial Justice Events (September 20-25)

Randi Turkin 4 years ago

Dismantle Racism: Get Involved!

As we approach the presidential election, it’s more important now than ever that we continue the fight for racial justice. This means we have to learn, unlearn, act, support, donate, protest, listen. Whether you show up online or in person, you are doing the work necessary to make the change we so desperately need in this country and around the world.

Below is a list of online events taking place between Sunday, September 20 – Friday, September 25. If we have missed something, please email us at randi@artprofiler.com so we can add it to this list. You can find additional resources on our website as well.

ArtProfiler Resources
Black Lives Matter: A Resource Guide
Black-Owned Businesses in Austin
Black Artists in Austin
How the Protests Have Changed the World…So Far
Anti-Racism Education: A Resource Guide
The US Prison System – How the 13th Amendment Failed to End Slavery
Blackface – Is it Really Racist?
The Minstrel Show: Evolution of American Entertainment


Sunday, September 20 at 2:00-4:00PM
Online event
Join Zoom event here | Meeting ID: 722 5642 3877 | Passcode: 6aEcT5

Black Lives Matter NBTX invites you to a talk in an effort to build bridges by looking at these topics in one conversation.

Sept. Book Club – “Race for Profit” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Sunday, September 20 at 5:00-6:00PM
Online event
See event page for Zoom link

Book Description:
By the late 1960s and early 1970s, reeling from a wave of urban uprisings, politicians finally worked to end the practice of redlining. Reasoning that the turbulence could be calmed by turning Black city-dwellers into homeowners, they passed the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and set about establishing policies to induce mortgage lenders and the real estate industry to treat Black homebuyers equally. The disaster that ensued revealed that racist exclusion had not been eradicated, but rather transmuted into a new phenomenon of predatory inclusion.

Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The same racist structures and individuals remained intact after redlining’s end, and close relationships between regulators and the industry created incentives to ignore improprieties. Meanwhile, new policies meant to encourage low-income homeownership created new methods to exploit Black homeowners. The federal government guaranteed urban mortgages in an attempt to overcome resistance to lending to Black buyers – as if unprofitability, rather than racism, was the cause of housing segregation. Bankers, investors, and real estate agents took advantage of the perverse incentives, targeting the Black women most likely to fail to keep up their home payments and slip into foreclosure, multiplying their profits. As a result, by the end of the 1970s, the nation’s first programs to encourage Black homeownership ended with tens of thousands of foreclosures in Black communities across the country. The push to uplift Black homeownership had descended into a goldmine for realtors and mortgage lenders, and a ready-made cudgel for the champions of deregulation to wield against government intervention of any kind.

Narrating the story of a sea-change in housing policy and its dire impact on African Americans, Race for Profit reveals how the urban core was transformed into a new frontier of cynical extraction.

John Lewis: Good Trouble
Monday, September 21 at 6:00-7:30PM
Online event
Tickets $12 here

This is a nationwide event to watch the new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble which will be followed by a live virtual panel featuring the film’s director and civil rights advocates as they talk about Representative Lewis’s legacy of fearless protest and how we can all keep his campaign for justice alive.

Segregation by Design – Screening and Panel
Monday, September 21 at 6:00-7:30PM
Online event
Join here

This event will show the film, Segregation by Design, and will be followed by a panel discussion.

About the film: Segregated By Design examines the forgotten history of how the United States’s federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.

Webinar: Dismantling Systemic Racism
Wednesday, September 23 – 5:00-6:30PM
Online event
More information & registration here

Calling all educators! Join the LBJ Presidential Library for their 10-week webinar series tackling systemic racism in education and empowering stakeholders with information and tools to affect change in their schools and communities.

This action-oriented series will scratch the surface answering the questions:

🔹 How did we get here?
🔹 Where are we now?
🔹 What can we do about it?

Racism or Patriotism: Which came first? – September Monthly Dialogue – YWCA
Friday, September 25 at 12:00-1:30PM
Online event
Register here

Racism or Patriotism: Which came first?

“The return of National sports has given us another glimpse into how people mask racism with cries of Patriotism. From public booing towards social justice presentations to boycotting sports all together for bringing awareness to racism, people’s commentary seems to be less about the flag, national anthem, or patriotism. The dismissal of players and other entertainers through statements such as “shut up and play” or “I don’t care what you have to say, just act/play/sing” underscores the entitlement people have over others. Join us to discuss: How do you combat the belief that you are Unpatriotic if you are anti-racist? Should actors/players/singers/sports leagues be involved in social movements? Considering boycotting sports or taking medals away from Olympians for expressing outrage, how do people in the U.S. continue denying the existence of racism?

We’ll post an updated event list on Friday, September 25.

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