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Then & Now: The Complicity of White Women in the South – Conversations for an Equitable South


When we think of the leaders of white supremacist movements, we often picture white men. But what about the role of white women, both historically and today? How do we truthfully talk about the role white women played throughout the period of American slavery, the Jim Crow era, and the activities of white nationalist groups today? How does the incomplete telling of our history and the role white women have played in it impact our expectations of white women today? What would our country look like if white women deployed their social status, spending power, political influence, and collective energy to actively become a part of the solution to dismantle white supremacy?

This conversation takes a look at our history and challenge our understandings of the power of white women throughout our history and now. Learn more about the series at https://www.unumfund.org/narrative-change/conversations-for-an-equitable-south/

Seyward Darby
Editor In Chief, The Atavist Magazine
Author, Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley
Author, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
Creighton Sossoman Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University
Author, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy

Erin Greenwald, Ph.D. (Moderator)
Vice President of Public Programs, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Editor-in-Chief, 64 Parishes

Mitch Landrieu
Founder and President, E Pluribus Unum
Former Mayor of New Orleans


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