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Jacqueline Battalora is one of the nations best advocates for issues of equity and social justice. Her keynote presentation at the White Privilege Conference, “The Invention of White People” brought the audience to their feet. Her ability to honestly address issues of white privilege, white supremacy, power, privilege and oppression head-on through factual analysis makes her training unique and vital. Her talks/workshops are challenging, informative and engaging, allowing for critical introspection, personal reflection and leaving people ready to move forward instead of feeling mired in frustration. Her work is essential to the field and her passion is contagious.

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., America & MOORE, LLC

Professor Battalora’s presentation on how American colonial elites deliberately constructed racial definitions to “divide and conquer” whole classes of people – creating a black underclass – answers many questions as to why our nation’s institutions and systems are inherently prejudiced and racist today. Battalora’s groundbreaking research and insights remind us to study history when trying to understand and unpack the present.

Jacqueline Battalora’s presentation was engaging and very enlightening. The work can only benefit those in the quest for racial equity and our doctoral students benefited immensely from talking with such an experienced professional. Additionally, community members were surprised and excited to have so many preconceptions about racial history unpacked. Professor Battalora’s book and lecture have sparked discussion throughout our community.

Going Back to Go Forward

This lecture covers where, when, how, and why the human category called “white people” was first utilized in law. This legal history begins in the 1600s in the British colonies of North America and concludes with evidence of “white people” being asserted and imposed as a matter of foundational U.S. law.

The Institutionalization of white superiority in U.S. law and Policy

This lecture begins with a consideration of law created by the nations’ founders that gave unearned advantage to those viewed as white and worked to construct a white = American equation. Immigration policy, marriage law, and naturalization are considered through the 19th and 20th Centuries for what they reveal about the range of experience in the U.S. for those seen as white and for various groups seen as not.

White Awareness Training

Training begins by laying down a historical record of the invention of “white people” and the investment of that invention within the United States. Through interactions, small group work and individual and collective processing, contemporary manifestations of this foundational history are explored and analyzed. Drawing upon institutional mission and the broader U.S. promises of equal opportunity and liberty, participants explore what must change, what should remain, and strategize concrete steps toward these ideals within daily work and institutional structures.

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