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Black History Month Forum

February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Addicted to the Woe: Reimagining the Black Experience through Personal Narrative and Readings to Counteract the Tropes on Being Black in America
The assumptions and stereotypes of being Black in America are often ones of crime, poverty, violence, and failure to achieve. The results of these inaccurate beliefs about Blacks in America may either reinforce bigotry or justify unintentional but self-serving charity, pity, and a “savior complex” from the majority culture in the country. Join parishioner Gene Batiste as he discusses an often unused counter narrative focused on the growth, joys, and struggles of just one Black man growing up differently that counters these images. Through personal narrative, poetry and prose, and audience participation, Gene, a life-long educator, draws us into the tension between one strong upper middle class Black family narrative focused on awakenings, joy, and self-actualization vs. the injurious forces of internalized racism, shame, and racist tropes that are pervasive in the U.S. For more information email the Rev. Diana Gustafson or Gene Batiste.


February 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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