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Racism 101 Asked And Answered: Combating Systemic Racism In Higher Education

Demonstrators rally for the removal of a Confederate statue, coined "Silent Sam," on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on Aug. 22, 2017. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

We’ve solicited questions from our audience — awkward, tough-to-ask, even silly questions — that they’ve perhaps wanted to ask people unlike themselves but have been too shy, embarrassed or afraid to ask.

We created Racism 101 to help our audience facilitate their own thought-provoking talks around race, with a conversation “starter kit,” and extensive anti-racism resource guides to inform and educate.

To field these questions, we assembled a panel of Angelenos willing to answer so folks didn’t have to ask their friends, or even strangers.

Here’s what several of our panelists had to say in response to the question: “What are some actionable steps professors can take to combat systemic racism in the classroom and on campus in higher education settings?”

HOW OUR RACISM 101 PANELISTS RESPONDED

Matthew is a multi-ethnic Afro-Indigenous educator, poet and rapper. He co-founded the Spoken Literature Art Movement, an L.A.-based writing and performance workshop series, and currently teaches writing to incarcerated youth.

He says of white educators, even those who have done the work […]

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