Racism, and many forms of prejudice, are said to stem from ignorance and fear. We would like to think that we have moved past such notions, but the roots of prejudice run deep. Race can be an incredibly divisive issue for some, and some may even take advantage of those divisions for monetary and political gain. In any case, it is very important that we seek to understand our own prejudices, where they're coming from, and how we can move forward.
1. Define our terms. What is a prejudice? What is racism in that context?
2. Determining cause. What are the underlying social, psychological, political, and philosophical roots of racism? Why are people racist?
3. How is it used? For racism to be so persistent, it must be useful to some extent. That is, some must be using racism and the division it breeds to their advantage. How is this accomplished?
4. Knowing all of the above, where do we go from here? Is there any hope of abolishing racism? What steps can we personally take to reduce prejudice and bridge the gaps sewn by those who benefit from our division?
Location and Price:
Upstairs there are many tables and chairs where people can gather and eat. If it's a nice day out, we may sit out on the covered balcony. As always there is a suggested, but by no means necessary, $2 donation which goes towards helping cover the costs of the meetup.