‘White Like Me:’ Race, racism , white privilege in America

| April 6, 2014

Free community film screening, conversation on landmark film

FORT WAYNE—It Is Well With My Soul is scheduled to present the film “White Like Me,” during a special viewing and discussion session, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 12 at the Pontiac Branch Library, 2115 S. Hanna St.

“White Like Me,” based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we’ve entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today. For years, Tim Wise’s bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. “White Like Me” is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen—to show how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about.

The film features Tim Wise, Michelle Alexander, Charles Ogletree, Imani Perry, Martin Gilens, John H. Bracey Jr. and Nilanjana Dasgupta.

Light refreshments will be served.

Ball State University (BSU) Teachers College awarded an Immersive Learning Grant to Dr. Ruby Cain, assistant professor and director of two master degree programs in the Department of Educational Studies. Ball State University graduate students in the course EDAC 698, Seminar in Adult and Community Education (Cultural Identities & Community Engagement) in partnership with It Is Well With My Soul Program team, have developed a community event to increase awareness of historical inequalities and mobilize engagement for social action, targeted at multi‐cultural community members. This film viewing and discussion is being held simultaneously in Indianapolis, Muncie, South Bend and Fort Wayne.

Attendance is free and open to the public although registration is suggested. To register for the event, visit http://698filmreview.eventbrite.com.

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