SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Racism and white supremacy in America will be the topic of an Election Day author talk at Rockland Community College in Suffern.
In his new book, "Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life," author David Billings argues that white supremacy continues to profoundly shape the country's laws and its collective psyche.
He will examine the historical context of racism in America and strategies to combat its scourge in society today in the free talk Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Billings will read excerpts from his book, discuss its salient issues and conclude with a Q&A format.
"Deep Denial" (Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books) documents the 400-year “racialization” of the United States and how people of European descent came to be called “white.”
Billings focuses mainly on the deeply embedded notion of white supremacy and explains why, despite the civil rights movement and an African-American president, the United States remains, in his words, “a nation hard-wired by race.”
Billings draws on his own experience in weaving vignettes from his personal life, starting with his white, working-class upbringing in Mississippi and Arkansas.
An ordained United Methodist minister, he serves as workshop leader for the anti-racism training organization People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, based in New Orleans.
This event, co-sponsored by RCC, VCS counseling services of Rockland and the African-American Historical Society of Rockland, runs 12:30-2 p.m. in the Technology Center Ellipse (Room 8180), at the college, 145 College Road, Suffern.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public.