Tim Wise, Atyia Martin, Michael Patrick Macdonald, Michael Skolnik

The Responsibility and Role of White People in Responding to Racism

Tim Wise, Atyia Martin, Michael Patrick Macdonald, Michael Skolnik

Talk: The Responsibility and Role of White People in Responding to Racism

When it comes to conversations on race and racism, white racial identity and experiences are rarely centered. Instead, it is treated as “normal,” “universal,” and “or un-discussable”. With the ever changing racial makeup of this country and the recent election, conversations around race, racism and allyhood are becoming more important. This conversation explores white racial identity, whether one’s experience is centered around ally-ship, colorblindness, or the belief that race is not a significant factor in people’s lives.

Tim Wise

Tim Wise is an American anti-racism activist and writer. Since 1995, he has given speeches at over 600 college campuses across the U.S.

Atyia Martin

Dr. S. Atyia Martin was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller foundation. She is also adjunct faculty at Northeastern University in the Master of Homeland Security program.

Michael Patrick Macdonald

Michael Patrick MacDonald (born March 9, 1966) is an Irish-American activist against crime and violence and author of his memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie. He helped to start Boston's gun-buyback program, founded the South Boston Vigil group, which works with survivor families and young people in Boston’s anti-violence movement.

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik (born August 15, 1978) is an American business executive, entrepreneur, film producer, television personality, news commentator, civil rights activist and motivational speaker. Skolnik is president of Def Jam founder Russell Simmons' GlobalGrind.com and has the title of "political director". Prior to this, Skolnik spent twelve years a film director and producer.