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The Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories (MCRC) Project: Film screening and discussion opportunity
This workshop, on October 16, 2021, is sponsored by the Sacred Conversations group, a Columbus area collaboration of members from Episcopal Churches, St. Philip’s, Saint Mark’s, St. Matthew’s, Westerville, St. John’s, Worthington, and First Unitarian Universalist of Columbus.
Professor Ferrante has been actively passionate about racial justice since 1996. She has taught it, lectured on it, and written a book about it. However, she felt that she was not getting everyone’s attention. Her solution was to tell the story through art. Thus, the Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories was born. Professor Ferrante said that the central thesis of the project is that “Racial categories were created without regard for family ties. We live in a country where biologically related people can be classified as different races. As a nation we have not come to terms with the ways in which family and ancestral ties were severed to create categories called races.”
This film opens with a white-appearing patient struggling to declare “White” as his race on a medical form. He asks, “why do my doctors need to know my race?” and “why am I called “White” anyway?” which begins an exploration of how the labels “White” and “Black” came to be and opens the conversation of how White carries the weight of race.
I AM WHITE LIKE YOU, RIGHT MOM?
In this film, a white-appearing mother must explain to her black-appearing daughter that “you’re not white exactly.” The conversation expands and reveals the story of why, in the U.S., parent and child can be labeled as different races and how race invades the family space.
The showing is Saturday, October 16 via Zoom only
Learn more: www.TheMCRCProject.org
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