The Anti-Black Movement will be presenting at Illinois State University’s Culturally Responsive Campus Community conference Tuesday.

Over a month after students took to the Quad to protest diversity at ISU, #AntiBlackISU has shifted from a hashtag to a campus-wide movement that plans to continue advocating diversity and inclusion at ISU. 

According to the recently created Twitter account, the Anti-Black Movement is a group of dedicated black students committed to abolishing anti-black practices overall, specifically at Illinois State University.

The CRCC conference will be held in the Bone Student Center with other sessions throughout the day.

According to its website, the CRCC initiative was created to enlighten, educate, and ignite conversation around creating a more equitable and just campus environment for all students, faculty, and staff at ISU. The first conference was held in 2016. 

Student Government Association Representative for Black Student Union Genesis Robinson along with Black Homecoming Committee President Ashley Dumas, Black Student Union President Isaac Hollis and SGA Association Senator Kianna McClellan will be giving a presentation on the roots of anti-blackness.

In a description of the presentation it states, “Anti-blackness presents itself throughout our society and oppresses black people regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, geographic location and political status.”

It continued to say that no matter how pervasive anti-blackness is, many generally do not know how to identity it.

“In order to address and eradicate the dehumanization that is anti-blackness, we must first define and name it.”

This session is intended to focus on multiple forms of anti-blackness in our society and will expose how anti-blackness manifests itself at ISU.

But the conference touches more than just race. Some of the organization's goals include efforts to inform the campus and community about intersectional issues surrounding marginalization and oppression when it comes to race, the LGBTQA community, religion, ability, ageism, sexism and national origin as well as race. 

Other goals include equipping faculty with Culturally Responsive Strategies to be used in the college classroom, being at the intersection of faculty and student interactions, helping students gain a better understanding of white privilege, being culturally responsive and creating a strategic plan for implementing diverse practices throughout campus. 

GRACE BARBIC is the News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at mgbarbi@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @gracebarbic


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