Racism: Dismantling the System

The LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, in partnership with Southern University's Nelson Mandela College of Government & Social Sciences, Louisiana Budget Project, NAACP Louisiana State Conference and LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is pleased to present Racism: Dismantling the System, an ongoing series of conversations about structural racism and solution-oriented action toward equal opportunity and justice in our communities. The series amplifies the voices of community advocates, academics, journalists and more working for social justice in our nation and beyond. 

Narrative Shifting: Centering the Humanity of the Enslaved on Plantations | September 13 | 3:30 p.m. CT | Whitney Plantation

Louisiana is home to some of the grandest and most notable plantation homes in the United States. But these estates have long been misrepresented and their histories whitewashed to gloss over the horrific legacy of slavery. So how can we begin to unravel the histories of these places and understand the atrocities committed and their impact on today’s society? Join us as we host a conversation on understanding and telling the true story of plantations, the responsibility of plantations to change the narrative to accurately honor the millions of enslaved peoples whose lives and legacies are irrevocably tied to these places.

  • Morgan Harris, Southern University Political Science Senior, Moderator
  • Joy Banner, Ph.D., The Descendants Project
  • Christopher E. Cottrell, Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Political Science, Geography and History, Southern University Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences
  • Yvonne Holden, Director of Visitor Experience & Operations

Looking in a Mirror: How Black Horror Film Pathology Supports Racist Tropes | October 25 | 3:30 p.m. CT | Zoom

In season five, episode two of the Racism: Dismantling the System series, a panel of experts will investigate the popularity of Black horror films and discuss the danger of plots and scripts that still perpetuate harmful stereotypes of BIPOC people as disadvantaged or oppressed. Led by new series partner Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Media, panelists will share ways we can be entertained while still being advocates.

  • Ty Lawson, Moderator, Marion M. and John S. Stokes Visiting Professor in Race and Culture in Media, Loyola University’s School of Communication and Design
  • Geretta Geretta, Writer | Director | Actress
  • Dagmawi Abebe (Dag), Director
  • Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Writer | Director

How to Talk to Elected Officials Workshop | November 15 | 5:30 p.m. CT | McKinley Alumni Center

Ever wondered about the best ways to have your voice heard aside from voting? Join the Racism: Dismantling the System coalition for a workshop that breaks down how to remain engaged with elected officials beyond election season.