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Eye on Diversity: The Dangers of Whitewashing History
ASCO's Eye on Diversity Speaker Series
Session #6
Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision

Dr. David Ikard was recruited to Vanderbilt University to serve as chair of African American and Diaspora Studies. He is the author/co-author of four books: Breaking the Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism; Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America; Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs; and Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America (winner of the Best Scholarly Book Award by DISA in 2013). In his latest book, Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs, Dr. Ikard engages with issues of white blindness and white redemption narratives across literature, film, social media, politics, history, and black human rights movements.

He is called upon to help audiences better understand what can happen when critical societal issues, such as discrimination and systemic racism, are retold and whitewashed. His TED talk about “The Real Story of Rosa Parks” compels people to confront myths about Black history that is watered-down, riddled with inaccuracies and stripped of its context and rich, full-bodied historical figures. Dr. Ikard highlights how making the realities of race more benign and digestible harms us all -- and emphasizes the power and importance of historical accuracy.

Dec 14, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

David Ikard, MA, PhD
Dr. David Ikard was recruited to Vanderbilt University to serve as chair of African American and Diaspora Studies. He is the author/co-author of four books: Breaking the Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism; Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America; Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs; and Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America (winner of the Best Scholarly Book Award by DISA in 2013). In his latest book, Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs, Dr. Ikard engages with issues of white blindness and white redemption narratives across literature, film, social media, politics, history, and black human rights movements. He is called upon to help audiences better understand what can happen when critical societal issues, such as discrimination and systemic racism, are retold and whitewashed.