MetroFocus: July 9, 2020

Encore: September 04, 2020



Over the last month, America has grappled with its own difficult and painful history as it pertains to issues of race. For white Americans, this has been an opportunity to reckon, in many cases for the first time, with the legacy of slavery and racial injustice. But for black Americans, systemic racism is and has always been a lived experience. The question now, is how do we bridge that difference in understanding? The answer may not be too far from home –

On May 30th an Obama Foundation newsletter featured Long Island’s Anti-Racism Project, saying its website contained “very comprehensive and practical resources that the world should see.” The Obama Foundation’s email also shared a message from President Barack Obama addressing George Floyd’s death and how “for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly ‘normal’” — and shouldn’t be in 2020 America. This is the very same topic the Anti-Racism Project has made it their mission to inform communities about. For three years, this group of diverse members have led workshops discussing how to be “anti-racist” (taking concrete actions to eliminate one’s own racial bias and work to dismantle racist systems) in hopes of educating participants about how institutionalized racism, internalized racism and white privilege feed oppression. Tonight, Bill Walton, one of the project’s early participants turned facilitator and Hedda Marcus, a facilitator who helped develop the Anti-Racism Project’s curriculum, join us for a very candid discussion on social change and creating a society that is truly egalitarian.


MetroFocus is made possible by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, The Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, Bernard and Denise Schwartz, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Janet Prindle Seidler, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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