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Jesup Library Online Talk
July 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Jesup Memorial Library is sponsoring an online talk titled “Racism: The Scourge Continues” on Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. The speakers are Fred Benson, Seth Singleton and Nat Fenton.
Racism in the United States has existed since the colonial era involving practices that restricted the political, personal, and economic freedoms of African-Americans. Among the current overt efforts to limit the rights and opportunities of Black Americans are found symbols designed to remind and frighten those citizens of the physical and psychic offenses administered to them and their forebears. Benson, Singleton, Fenton will address the points of view surrounding these relics during this talk. Benson will present brief histories of how and why 10 U.S. Army installations were named for Confederate generals, and describe why some oppose removing them on historical grounds. Singleton will look at how others have tried to confront the sins and symbols of their history, and why historical ghosts are never quite laid to rest – tales from Russia, Vietnam, China and South Africa. And Fenton will make the case that these intimidating relics must be removed from public lands. They must be removed not to hide history but to create our own history consistent with our centuries-old self-evident truth “that all Men are created equal.”
For more information, call the library at 288-4245.