Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Contemporary Kansas
The YWCA is on a Mission
Mission of the YWCA of Northeast Kansas and the YWCA of the USA is the
elimination of racism and the empowerment of women. The YWCA is concerned about growing racist and
prejudicial attitudes on display in recent months as seen in news articles and
reports and even remarks by candidates for public office. This project will explore racism and its
insidious and divisive nature in society as well as other attitudes such as
sexism, Islamophobia, discrimination and violence against one group or another.
The project proposes to examine questions such as:
What is racism?
What societal conditions are giving rise to the
acceptance of racist, sexist public statements?
Is the resurgence of violence in Topeka and other
cities towards minorities acceptable?
Can America actually eliminate racism or can we only
drive it below the surface for a time?
What are our individual responsibilities toward
reducing or eliminating racism
institutional racism perpetuate these attitudes?
How important are values such as Trust, Love toward
One Another in combatting fear and hate?
What is White Privilege?
Evening community forums during October are being planned now:
Oct. 4, 7:00 PMForum at Washburn Law School –with Jim McCullough, moderator. Sponsored by the Center for Peace &Justice
Oct. 11 5:30 PMFree Dinner, Avondale East Net-Reach Center – with Barry Feaker, moderator. Sponsored by the Topeka Rescue Mission, NIA’s
Oct. 13, 6:30 PMForum at YWCA, 225 W 12th
Oct 17 6:30 PMHighland Park High School – Pastor Delmar White moderating
Continue to check back for more dates of forums and events.