July was a busy month for the Black History Studies family.
On Monday 14th July 2014, our esteem elder and colleague Dr Lez Henry delivered his lecture on ‘Whiteness Made Simple’. In this interactive and thought provoking presentation, Dr Lez Henry explored and discussed white supremacy / whiteness, a subject on which Dr Lez Henry has written a book ‘Whiteness Made Simple: Stepping into the Grey Zone’.
For several years a global white power structure, through government policies, the church, the media and the ‘entertainment’ industry etc., have been dividing and ruling the human family by promoting the idea that anything that is not ‘white’, especially Afrikan/Black people is inferior. This mindset is being challenged by an increased interest in studying whiteness / white supremacy by many activists and in radical-minded circles.
The presentation was well attended and the lecture provoked an interesting discussion with the attendees. I would like to thank Deonte Harris who is a PhD student of Ethnomusicology from UCLA who attended the event and took the photographs above.