Discussion Series

Understanding the Many Dimensions of White Identity: Politics, Power, and Prejudice

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Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and Critical Connections are co-convening the discussion series “Understanding the Many Dimensions of White Identity: Politics, Power, and Prejudice,” to explore the history, prevalence, and resurgence of political action based in white identity. This series will examine how white identity has the power to shape violent movements, as well as the root causes, fears, and prejudices that allow white supremacist ideology to exist in its less visible dimensions. Speakers will analyze the manifestation of white supremacist ideology in recent elections and voting patterns, and the pervasiveness of hate speech in social mediawhile discussing means to address these trends, including by understanding our communities’ own role in either perpetuating or countering harmful systems and ideologies. People of all racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Each event will also allow ample opportunity for discussion and dialogue with speakers and among attendees. This series is made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Upcoming Events


Date TBA
Northampton, MA 01060

We will discuss how white identity politics is shaping U.S. voting patterns and what this means for the upcoming presidential elections.

Past Events

White Supremacy and Social Media

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Bangs Community Center
​Amherst, MA 01002

Join us this November for a conversation with Dr. Whitney Phillips (Syracuse University), who will discuss how white supremacist groups have used social media platforms to incite violence against communities of color and the challenges inherent in curbing online hate speech. ​

Understanding their Rise, Resurgence, & Radicalization

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019
Edwards Church • 297 Main St.
Northampton, MA 01060

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Pete Simi, author of American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate, to understand the conditions that allow the movement to thrive and ways to counter it.

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