Monday, December 7, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM MST
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Missy Shackelford, Office Administrator 
Arizona Humanities/Glendale Public Library 

Have You Ever Been Called Racist, Sexist, Ageist? How to Respond to 'ist' Mistakes with Michelle Dew 

FRANK Talks - Community Conversations

Please join us for a Virtual Community Conversation hosted by Glendale Public Library and sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Have you ever been called a racist? The first response when others call attention to our actions or statements may be defensive. “I am not that kind of person. I did not mean to cause harm.” Merriam-Webster defines an ism as “an oppressive and especially discriminatory attitude or belief.” Many of us feel that we don’t perpetuate ”isms.” But in truth, the insidious complexities of isms – racism, classism, and sexism to name a few – mean we may all play a part in the perpetuation of systems and behaviors that can harm others. What is the difference between being a racist and engaging in racist behavior? How do the unintended slights that arise out of ignorance or fears of different cultures, impact the people that we interact with every day? Defensive reactions over our mistakes can rob us of the opportunity for true and deep learning. Join us for an interactive dialogue on how to respond to “ist” mistakes. We will learn how to reduce defensiveness, and instead pivot to accountability, healing, and understanding. If we wish to be strong allies against isms, we must start the work within ourselves.

Is there a difference between being a racist and engaging in racist behavior?

Please be advised that FRANK Talks are private and may not be recorded or broadcast in any form. You understand these conditions for participation, and agree to hold harmless Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library.