Intercultural Development Office hosted “Reverse Racism” event on MLK Day

Trinity CommunicationsJanuary 13, 2017

On Monday, January 16, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Trinity’s Intercultural Development Office (IDO) invited students, staff and faculty to participate in its “Reverse Racism” discussion about racial reconciliation and the Christian’s part in working toward a unified and restorative community.

A Faith and Intercultural Rhetoric Exchange (FIRE) event, “Reverse Racism” (or Reversing Racism) lasted two-hours time, starting at 10 a.m. in Melton Hall. During this time, participants conversed with and heard from a panel of Trinity staff and graduate students, moderated by Intercultural Development Office Director Steven Weathers.

This was the IDO’s first event for FIRE, which provides opportunities to discuss difficult issues while integrating perspectives from the Christian faith and different ethnicities. The event functions as a practical follow-up to Weathers’ sermons in the MLK chapels held last week on January 12 and 13.

This was not the first time that IDO has hosted an event revolving around race relations in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Last year, Weathers opened up to the Trinity community a similar two-hour, informal event during his Race and Ethnic Relations class. During the event, titled “Race and Ethnicity: Using My Privilege to Advance Others,” Weathers helped take participants on a journey of understanding privilege and racial inequality.

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