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Panel of Therapists Discuss the Nuanced Questions Surrounding Racism

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By John Wharton

Racism is ugly. It divides people into “us” and “them” based on where we come from or the color of our skin. Use of the term has become so popular that it’s spun off related terms such as reverse racism, horizontal racism, and internalized racism. But could it be this highly charged word that is effective at inciting emotions is largely undefined in our public discourse? Racism is a word that lies dormant until pricked by some event, leading to severe overuse without the burden of providing a clear definition. This week, Azza Manukova and a panel of Jungian therapists will discuss and debate this emotionally loaded topic.

According to the American Heritage College Dictionary, racism has two meanings. This resource first defines racism as “The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others” and secondly as “discrimination or prejudice based on race.”

During the Philadelphia Convention, it was agreed that slaves were to be considered only three-fifths of a person for purposes of taxation and representation. In 1994, a book called The Bell Curve posited that genetics were to blame for African Americans’ traditionally lower scoring than whites on intelligence tests. The book was attacked by New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, who argued that social factors were responsible for the differential.

In the modern world, we must question our preconceptions: What is internalized racism? Can minorities be racist? What is horizontal racism? Does reverse racism such as anti-white discrimination exist? How does racism affect our soul? What does hate have to teach us? Periodic discussions about race continue to be the country’s preferred modus operandi—it’s emotional, caustic, and can be newsworthy. Let’s delve deeper in an open-forum discussion with noted Jungian therapist Azzah Manukova and her panel of experts!

Saturday, Aug 24 at 5pm: Hero or Villain: The Prosecution of Julian Assange. Is Julian Assange a free-speech martyr or a narcissist with a thirst for chaos? Few figures in the twenty-first century have inspired more fury or worship in equal measure. Join us for a discussion of who may be the next man to commit “suicide” while under the supervision of federal authorities!

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El Compadre Mendoza

Fri, Aug 23, 5pm

100 pesos


Documentary and Discussion

Hero or Villain: The Prosecution of Julian Assange

Sat, Aug 24, 5pm

70 pesos


Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Aug 27, 7pm

80 pesos (includes drink)


Live Conference

“Conference: What Is Racism?”

Fri, Aug 30, 5pm

150 pesos


All events are in Shelter Theater


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