Nov 8 Race Relations Book Discussion
Race Relations Explored in Book Event at RCC
Nov. 8 talk by book author David Billings is free and open to public
Ramapo, NY – Author David Billings examines the historical context of racism in America and strategies to combat its scourge in society today during a talk about his new book, Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life, set for Tuesday, November 8, at Rockland Community College.
The event, co-sponsored by RCC, VCS counseling services of Rockland and the African American Historical Society of Rockland, runs 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Technology Center Ellipse (Room 8180), and is free and open to the public.
Billings is to read excerpts from the book, discuss its salient issues, and conclude with a Q&A. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.
Deep Denial, published by Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books, documents the 400-year “racialization” of the United States and how people of European descent came to be called “white.” Billings focuses mainly on the deeply embedded notion of white supremacy and explains why, despite the Civil Rights Movement and an African-American president, the United States remains, in his words, “a nation hard-wired by race.” He argues that white supremacy continues to profoundly shape the country’s laws and its collective psyche.
Billings draws on his own experience in weaving vignettes from his personal life, starting with his white, working-class upbringing in Mississippi and Arkansas. An ordained United Methodist minister, he serves as workshop leader for the anti-racism training organization People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, based in New Orleans.