How does racial inequality continue in our post-racial society?

April 3, 2013

The origin of the term post-racial is still a mystery, though it apparently emerged in the wake of the election of President Barack Obama in 2008.

Though some suggest that the election of an African American president has ushered society into an era where we interact beyond racial differences and disparities, topics in the news — from immigration to affirmative action — suggest that we still grapple as a nation with institutionalized racism.

On Saturday, April 20th, Texas Health and Human Service Commission staff, in a partnership with St. James and St. David’s Episcopal churches and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, will lead a workshop on race called “Courageous Conversation” on Institutional Racism. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. 8th St., Austin.

Joyce James and staff from the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (CEDD) will lead the informal, interactive discussion. Lunch will be provided, and participants are asked to commit to the whole session. The event is limited to 50 people. To register, contact Doug Bell at or (512) 331-5201.


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