Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder and Mark O'Mara meet audience members after the October 2nd TalkingRace Project presentation at the University of North Florida. Mark spoke about race and justice in the wake of the Michael Dunn verdict, and JeffriAnne shared some of the race stories we've received for the project so far.
In a conversation with project administrator Shawn Vincent, Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder talks about what the TalkingRace Project means to her as a sociologist and as an African American woman.
Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder finds that asking people to think about their first encounter with race helps reveal an “evolution of a consciousness.” We don’t always think about how our experiences shape our attitudes. TalkingRace encourages people do that in a very personal way.
For some people, experiences with race are very salient in their lives; for others race isn’t something they’ve really had to think about. Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder says that comparing and contrasting people’s individual stories helps us flesh out the broader narrative attached to race in America.