This November Racial Justice NOW! was invited by the Cincinnati Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations to take part in a dialogue on systemic and institutional racism in the US. The Cincinnati Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations advocates for religious freedoms, but has decided that the history of racial violence and racism in America must also be addressed and discussed before advocating for any civil liberties can be truly effective.
The event was a part of an ongoing film series, called “Film. Discussion. Action.” for the Muslim community and allies. The film shown was Ava DuVernay’s “13th” and was shown on two separate days, at the University of Cincinnati Main street Cinema and at the Clifton Mosque. The film viewing was followed by a panelist discussion.
RJN! Parent Organizer Cameron Walker joined John C.K Fisher of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights on the panel in an effort to build bridges and foster healthy dialogue. The goal was to not only to debrief and discuss the film, but also to discuss actionable steps the community can take to recognize privilege and dismantle systemic racism.