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Jul 16, 2020

Racial and social justice facilitator Christine Saxman discusses the question, “how can white people accelerate racial justice?” 

Christine describes herself as a “white woman fighting for racial justice and anti-racism as long as this social construct of race exists.” She has worked for Courageous Conversations about Race, the National SEED Project (Seeking Education Equity and Diversity) as part of the National Staff, and prior to full time facilitation she was an educator at our own Deerfield High School. 

In our current era of ongoing protests against systemic racism and police brutality, we’ve had many white patrons asking for programs on how they can get involved in furthering racial justice. Christine knows the Deerfield community well and our conversation--recorded live with a virtual audience earlier this week--includes her perspective on how to address Deerfield’s history of segregation, how to talk to young people about race, and how to do “the work” of racial justice as a white person grounded in integrity and accountability. 

You can find out more about Christine Saxman on her website, christinesaxman.com. The Library is committed to continuing education about the world of information and ideas, including issues of racial justice. You can find links here to our Library Director’s statement on inclusion and diversity, as well as our lists of resources on antiracism and Black Lives Matter or our series on the fight over integration in Deerfield.

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