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JUFJ Anti-Racism Reading Group Sparked by Racism in DC
Ever walked by something that made you feel uncomfortable and wondered, "Is it just me or is this racist?"
You may have felt this way passing by the Fojol Brothers food trucks. Serving Indian, Ethiopian, and Thai food, these trucks bill themselves as a traveling culinary carnival, with fun tutus and hula hoops and carnival tricks in addition to hot meals. Their staff, who are predominately white, dress up as caricatures from the cultures whose food they're selling: workers in the Indian truck wear turbans and fake mustaches, and Thai truck workers sport costumes that look like they came from the original production of The King and I.
But what's the real problem with the Fojol Brothers's style? We are delighted to announce a new program which will help us talk about these thorny issues.
JUFJ's Anti-Racism Initiative invites you to our first ever Anti-Racism Reading Group! This intimate study and discussion group, made up of participants from across our city, will meet for four Mondays, from July 9th to August 20th. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the causes and effects of racism. During each session, the group will read a few short articles and gather for a lively, salon-style discussion.
The course will feature sessions on...
- July 9th: Historical Context of Racism and the Study of Structural Racism
- July 23rd: White Privilege
- August 6th: Jews and Race
- August 20th: Anti-Racist Organizing