Mini-Workshop in preparation for conversation with Professor Jackie Murray
Please take the first 5 minutes to check-in. You will not need a notetaker or scribe today, but, at then end of your small-group time, you may wish to appoint one or two group members to report out or ask questions for the group.
Before reconvening to the main room at 1:20 for a 10-minute break, please utilize the remaining 15-20 minutes to prepare for Professor Murray’s visit today
Please consider the following questions:
In her presentation, Professor Murray utilized the concept of Racecraft (Fields and Fields 2014) to describe how racism constructs race. Prof. Murray stated (more or less — this is from my notes, so not a direct quote) that racism is ontologically prior to racial categories and the concept of race. Racial categories are imposed by the dominant group on the oppressed group. Race itself is an illusion — a lie — made to seem true through the deployment of false logic and fictive rationalizations. Racecraft imagines an inalienable humanity inherent in those with power by alienating and dehumanizing others, who are racialized to justify their subjugation. Professor Murray showed this as a continuum (which, perhaps, we might ask her to show us again.)