Solidarity Across Differences Series - Rashawn Ray
Being Color Brave rather than Colorblind: Forming a Racially-inclusive Sociological Imagination
Rashawn Ray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland
This presentation will focus on the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and gender inequality. As institutionalized means for inclusion and exclusion, race and gender sustain status hierarchies, create distinct cultural environments, and enhance social and economic inequalities. Using critical race and Black feminism theories, this presentation will discuss how mainstream narratives about race and gender are meant to be divisive to obstruct social change. Through an interactive, audience-based participatory exercise, we will discuss how to form solidarity and build coalitions across our racial/ethnic and gender identities. Participants will leave with strategies to combat race and gender inequality in a socially-conscious manner.
This event is co-sponsored by the Critical Race Initiative (CRI).