Going Back to Go Forward—Jacqueline Battalora Explores Significance of the term “White People”

Why does a former Chicago cop think it’s important to know that the term “white people” didn’t exist in America as a matter of law until 1681? What social and economic forces in colonial America invented a category of human beings with rights denied to non-whites? And why does it still matter?

Come to the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library on Wednesday, October 17, from 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. and hear attorney, sociology professor, and former police officer Jacqueline Battalora explain in her lecture “Going Back to Go Forward: Where, when, how, and why the human category called ‘white people’ was first utilized.”

Please register here!

Doctor Battalora is the author of the book Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today. She is an editor for the Journal of Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, has written numerous articles and appears in the documentaries “The American L.O.W.S.” by Darnley Hodge Jr. and “HAPI” by Gerard Grant.

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