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Can We Ever Move Past Racism?

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“How does it feel to be a problem?,” W.E.B. Dubois rhetorically asked in 1903—framing America’s approach to its black citizens. A century later we're still grappling with race, culture and equality as a nation —too often treating difference as a  ‘problem’ of American society. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri (Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College and author of A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order) explores the challenge of racial equality and pluralism in the U.S., from the vantage point of American Muslims. 

Join us for a discussion that considers, in light of recent events like Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, child migrants, and a rhetoric of extremism (both pro- and anti-Islamic), whether as part of a national consensus around American values and identity — e pluribus unum, after all — we might better manage and negotiate diversity in the public realm. In a society where social, political and economic interests have long been closely tied to race, is it possible to not only to envision a post-racist America but to make manifest that promise?



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