Elijah Anderson: Black in White Space

Thursday, January 20, 2022
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Elijah Anderson: Black in White Space

Powerful stereotypes of the ghetto, long-entrenched in generations of Americans psyche, continue to permeate. Today, routine activities, like birdwatching in Central Park or jogging in a Brunswick neighborhood, elicit jarring and sometimes even fatal responses that involve police and citizens. With increased attention from the national media on these incidents, we must ask ourselves, what about these events stands out, and why? For Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology at Yale, the answer couldnt be more evident.

In what Publishers Weekly calls a penetrating ethnographic study, Andersons new book, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life, argues that symbolic racism connects people of color to crime and poverty in the American psyche, regardless of social status or economic position. The Hauenstein Center, together with Grand Valley State Universitys Division of Equity and Inclusion, is proud to welcome Anderson to the stage during Grand Valleys week of events in commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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