Panel Discusses Race and Racism in America

Galloway, N.J. – The Stockton University Africana Studies Program hosted a lecture on race and racism as a part of its Black History Month celebration in the Campus Center Theater on Feb. 18.

Patricia Reid-Merrittwendel whiteThe event was moderated by Donnetrice Allison, professor and coordinator of the Africana Studies program, and showcased the chronology of racism throughout history, as well as promoted a recent two-volume book edited by Reid-Merritt, titled “A State-by-State History of Race and Racism in the United States.”

“It is important that we talk about things that are difficult to talk about,” said Patricia Reid-Merritt. “We need to go back to our past … all of our past.”

Distinguished Professor of Art Wendel White displayed and discussed photographic projects focused on race. For one of his collections, “Schools for the Colored,” White traveled to different cities throughout the country and photographed formerly segregated schools, attempting to visualize his notion of “America’s educational apartheid.”

During a panel discussion contributors to the book presented on their research. Allison, a Massachusetts native, discussed racist secrets she uncovered of her home state. DeMond S. Miller, Professor of Sociology at Rowan University, discussed his findings of New Jersey’s racist past. Reid-Merritt discussed her experience with the publication as well, saying that by partaking in its fruition, she learned that “some things have gotten better over the years [in regards to racial issues], but others are still bad and need to change.”

- Reported by Kat H. Wentzell

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Diane D’Amico
Director of News and Media Relations
Stockton University
Galloway, N.J. 08205