Spectrum January 2013
Dominicans Promote Racial Justice in the 21st Century
From left: Presenters for the live webcast of “Dominicans Promote Racial Justice in the 21st Century” included Sr. Tanya Williams, Sr. Joan Duerst, Associate Leroy Jordan (Springfield), Sr. Marcelline Koch (Springfield), and Associate Barbara Johnson. Photo by Tricia Buxton.
by Marcelline Koch, OP (Springfield)
Members of the Sinsinawa and Springfield antiracism teams presented a webcast focusing on systemic racism. Mary Ellen Gevelinger, OP, welcomed those present at Sinsinawa as well as those joining via the Internet, noting that we cannot pretend that racism has gone away―it is systemic within our institutions. She also echoed a challenge that this is the moment for Dominicans today to summon the transforming grace of our charism and to continue to preach for justice.
In introducing the presenters, Tanya Williams, OP, recalled the two challenging questions of Antonio Montesinos, OP―“By what right do we still discriminate and disenfranchise persons and groups in our world? Are they not human?”
The presenters included Sinsinawa Dominican Joan Duerst, OP; Sinsinawa Associate Barbara Johnson; Springfield Dominican Marcelline Koch, OP; and Springfield Associate Leroy Jordan. They engaged the audience in examining racism today, coming to a common definition, and understanding racism as a systemic issue. The evening concluded with a call to continue the conversation.
The presentation is archived at the following web address: client.stretchinternet.com/client/sinsinawa.portal?mode=
It can also be viewed by visiting www.sinsinawa.org/live. (Click on the “ON DEMAND” tab in upper right column, then click on the “WATCH” text and scroll down to the title “Dominicans Promote Racial Justice in the 21st Century.”) During the week of the presentation, it was viewed 130 times by individuals and groups around the globe.