How Liberals Silence Racial and Class Oppression with Dr. Angie Beeman | Nov 16th

Presented by the Chertok Professorship Lecture Series

November 1, 2023
Angie Beeman

Chertok Professorship Lecture Series Presents:

How Liberals Silence Racial and Class Oppression

with Angie Beeman, PhD
Associate Professor, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College-CUNY.

November 16th | 12:30 – 1:30pm
Showalter 109
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Angie Beeman is an Associate Professor in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and Affiliate Faculty with Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College |  New York, NY 10010. She is also a Director with the Global Listening Centre Academic Board.

Her research examines changing expressions of racism and how this affects interracial organizing, progressive politics, and workplace equity.

Dr. Beeman’s research has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes Magazine, The Wire, Sociological Forum, Social Science Quarterly, the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Violence Against Women and as chapters in several edited volumes. She has been quoted in Nature, Forbes, Huffington Post, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Galveston Daily News, Wallethub, and College Magazine.

Her book, Liberal White Supremacy: How Progressives Silence Racial and Class Oppression examines divides among progressives and the role of liberal ideology in preventing significant change. In this book, and in her earlier works, she conceptualizes racism-evasion as the outcome of color-bind ideology and advances practical applications of what she calls “racism-centered intersectionality.” She argues that white supremacy is maintained not only by right-wing conservatives or racial bigots but also by progressives, who see themselves as allies to people of color.

Liberal White Supremacy | How Progressives Silence Racial and Class Oppression by Dr. Angie BeemanBy distinguishing between liberal and radical approaches to racism, class oppression, capitalism, and social movement tactics, Beeman shows how progressives continue to be limited by liberal ideology and perpetuate rather than dismantle white supremacy. She analyzes case studies that elucidate various aspects of this process as well as her own experiences in diversity workshops and academic discussions. Drawing from Systemic Racism Theory and Black Feminist Thought, Beeman advances racism-centered intersectional approaches as correctives to progressive organizational strategies that either downplay racism in favor of a class-centered approach or take a talk-centered approach to racism without developing explicit actions to challenge it.

Dr. Beeman has shared this work with multiple audiences and is frequently invited by organizations to speak on liberal ideology, racism, social justice, and allyship. She is currently writing a manifold workbook with training and instructor resources to accompany her book. Learn More about Dr. Beeman on her website.

Lecture & Panel Discussion at Liberty Park Library on November 16th at 6:30pmLearn more here
402 S. Pittsburg St. Spokane WA 99202

Panelists: Justice Forral | Operations Director of Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR)
Robert Huitt | Racial Equity and Network Manager of Greater Spokane Progress (GSP)
Liz Moore | Executive Director of Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS)
Facilitated by Kassahun Kebede, PhD & Pui-Yan Lam, PhD | Professor of Sociology at EWU