Racial Justice Series: Racism in Language

August 16, 2022 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

On Tuesday, August 16, join us for the next conversation in our racial justice series entitled, "Racism in Language" with Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper.

Language not only expresses ideas and concepts, but shapes our thoughts. Linguistic racism finds its obvious expression in racial slurs and discrimination. However, we habitually use less obvious language, imagery, buzzwords, and cultural touchstones to demean and dehumanize Black people. This use of language is so commonplace and accepted that it escapes notice.

Reverend Dr. Harper will address how we can recognize racism in language as a first step to change our thinking and make a conscious effort to use terminology that reflects a progressive, inclusive perspective.

Rev. Dr. Kristen L. Harper is the senior minister of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, Unitarian Universalist where she has served for nearly 20 years. Prior to UCB Rev. Harper served churches in Ormond Beach, FL; New York, NY, Lansing, MI, and Chicago, IL. Educated at Boston University, Meadville Lombard Theological School and the University of Chicago, Rev. recently published a book of poems and essays entitled "The Darkness Divine: A Loving Challenge to My Faith."