A Panel Discussion on Racecraft

For centuries, racist or casteist ideologies have overlapped in the oppression of African Americans, Dalits, Romani people and others. The racecraft of inferiority continues to be a powerful ideological weapon that ruling elites and dominant majorities have been using—intentionally and unintentionally, overtly or covertly—against historically oppressed groups.

The “Dismantling Racism, Casteism. Similar struggles for justice, equality, and dignity of the historically oppressed groups” seminar series aims to create a space for solidarity and partnership among activists, scholars, community leaders involved in similar struggles across the world. Voices belonging to various minority and marginalized groups will discuss opportunities and tactics to connect, share, and stand together in solidarity against oppression.

The seminar series will kick off on April 24, 2019, with a panel discussion entitled “Racecraft. A Transnational Weapon to Criminalize and Dehumanize African American, Dalit, and Romani People” involving African American, Dalit, and Romani scholars.

Cornel West- Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University
Suraj Yengde- Postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability, Shorenstein Center on Media
Magda Matache – Instructor at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and the Director of the Roma Program at Harvard
Khalil Gibran Muhammad – Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

This seminar series is hosted by the Initiative for Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

We will be live streaming the panel discussion, so check this Facebook event for additional information, if you cannot attend in person.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Venue: Belfer B-200 Starr Auditorium, Harvard Kennedy School