October 3, 2018
Doors 6:30 pm
Forum 7:00-9:00 pm
Location / Co-Presenter:
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037
Photo: Stephen Swofford
IF THEY COME FOR ME IN THE MORNING:
Town Hall Forums On the Legacy of State-Sponsored Xenophobia
Curated by Brian Tate
Produced by The Tate Group
DAY 2: What Will Be Different for U.S. Historians?
ABOUT THE CONVERSATION
Some U.S. Historians have become increasingly vocal in response to startling comments about America’s past, particularly on matters of race, from politicians and other prominent figures. These include suggestions that America was great when families were united, even though we had slavery; that Blacks may have been better off during slavery; and that the cause of the Civil War was an insoluble mystery: Why could that one not have been worked out? Historians again spoke out during events that seemed borne from those ideas: the fight over Confederate symbols, the march of White Nationalists, and the tearing apart of immigrant families, which has recalled the decimation of African American families through both slavery and mass incarceration.
What is the ethical role of historians in speaking out on current affairs, when facts are discounted and history itself is called into question?
ABOUT THE SERIES
The recent U.S. policy of separating and jailing immigrant families strikes at America’s image as a champion of diversity, democracy, and human rights. But the practice is not new, and it evokes historic episodes of state-sponsored xenophobia and bigotry. Today, as the deportations continue and the fates of scores of immigrant children remains unknown - and as America braces for a White Nationalist rally to be held across the street from The White House - it is worth asking: What can we learn from past traumas when political leaders used corrosive remarks and the power of government to define entire populations of people as security threats, noncitizens, or less than human?