“Freedom Makes Negroes Crazy” is what John C. Calhoun, 7th Vice President of the United States, said about the free Blacks living in the North. This controversial title was selected to highlight just how deep racist governmental policies and racist propaganda have been ingrained in the society of America since its inception.
Our panelists will explore the ways in which government and media have used these tools to convince the country of the dangers of inclusion and equality and how its effects shape the way our society and the legislative body continue to operate.
Implicit biases are pervasive and often shaped by these racist practices. Everyone possesses them. This intersectional conversation will look at the harmful ways in which these biases continue to fractionalize communities and talk about possibilities for unlearning these behaviors.
Supported by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
Arun Prabhakaran, Chief of Staff, Philadelphia Districts Attorney Office
Andrew Ti, Creator and Producer of Yo, Is this Racist?, Earwolf
Maribel Gonzalez, Program Coordinator, Amplifier
T. Shá Duncan Smith, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development, Swarthmore College
The panel will be moderated by Tayyib Smith, co-founder of Little Giant Creative.