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Coronavirus and the Politics of Pandemic: What Does Race Have to Do With It?
SpeakOut Ed Talks - Webinar Series presents

"Coronavirus and the Politics of Pandemic: What Does Race Have to Do With It?"

Tuesday, March 31 at 1pm PST // 4pm EST
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Presented by Tim Wise, Anti-Racism Activist, Media Commentator, and Author of "Dear White America."

Webinar Description:
In this webinar, antiracism educator Tim Wise explores how race and racism have contributed to the COVID-19 crisis in the United States. First, racial and ethnic scapegoating of Asians limits our ability to deal forthrightly with the crisis, by shifting blame to national and cultural “others,” rather than addressing the unique systemic failures of the American response to the pandemic.

Second, even the initial response to the pandemic in the U.S. —nonchalance, and a sense of invincibility far more common among privileged and dominant social groups (white men in particular)—led to deadly delays in moving to stem the transmission of this novel coronavirus.

And finally, unless we understand the role that racial bias plays in preventing the U.S. from having a more comprehensive and universal health care delivery system, we may never develop the kind of health care infrastructure needed to prevent future tragedies of this kind. While the spread of COVID-19 provides an opportunity to appreciate the interconnectedness of humanity across lines of race and nation, as this vital webinar makes clear, such an outcome will depend on our willingness to take aim at the biases and inequities that continue to divide us.

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Mar 31, 2020 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Tim Wise
Anti-Racism Activist, Media Commentator, and Author of "Dear White America." @SpeakOut Speaker
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences across the country, on college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups. He has provided anti-racism training to educators, administrators, trained corporate, government, entertainment, military, and medical industry professionals. He is the author of seven books including Under the Affluence, Dear White America, and White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has been contributed to Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, The Root, and Z Magazine. He appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues, and is the host of Speak Out with Tim Wise Podcast.