Typically, if you want to know if, say, racism is dead or not, you ask the victims of the oppression and not, say, the perpetrators. African Americans tend to have a better idea of whether they're still getting screwed by the man on a daily basis than the white folks doing the screwing. But it's nice to hear the dominant power structure give props, and tonight's lecture sounds like wish fulfillment: White men will convene purely for the purpose of dismantling the myth that we live in a post-racial society. These aren't a bunch of roustabout honkies! These are brothers in arms who will present new evidence to argue that racism is, in fact, alive and well. Sure, it's easy to call this yet another No Shit study, but good activists are always prepared with the latest stats and talking points to shoot down nay-sayers. One quibble: The event description says they'll candidly discuss the real issues behind racism with information gathered from college students, white men and African Americans. So, uh, what will white women be doing? Massaging their feet and performing interpretive dance?
Fri., Feb. 5, 7 p.m., 2010